Saturday, 22 November 2014

Book Review: Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris (Sookie #11)

There's a reckoning on the way ...

Sookie Stackhouse is a cocktail waitress in Bon Temps, Louisiana. It's a job which has its own challenges, but now the vampires and the shapeshifters are finally 'out', you'd think the supernaturals would get on with each other. But nothing is that simple in Bon Temps!

... and Sookie has a knack for being in trouble's way; not least when she witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. Sookie suspects otherwise, but before she can investigate something else - something even more dangerous - comes up.

Sookie's lover Eric Northman, and his 'child' Pam are plotting something in secret. Whatever it is, they seem determined to keep Sookie out of it; almost as determined as Sookie is to find out what's going on. She can't sit on the sidelines when both her work and her love life are under threat - but as their plans gradually become clear Sookie finds the situation is deadlier than she could ever have imagined.

My Review:
Sam's bar is losing it's customers to a new bar owned by Victor...and getting firebombed doesn't help the situation. Sookie is sure that the bomber wasn't human. There is domestic upheaval with Dermot moving in with Sookie and Claude, Pam getting mad at not gaining permission to turn her dying lover, Sandra Pelt is on the loose and Eric wants to find a way to get rid of Victor.

There was a lot to like about this book. We get to see Pam in love, wanting to turn her lover Miriam before it is too late but Victor refuses her plea. Eric is also feeling helpless to do anything about Victor, having to watch Pam being attacked by Victor's men and he and Pam narrowly avoiding being hyped up on drinks spiked with fairy blood which a waitor alerts Sookie to just in time. We have the return of the mad Sandra Pelt and her evil schemes which I always enjoy. Nobody seems to learn that places like hospitals are not secure enough for Sandra and she breaks out to cause more mayhem. Lovely! And I really enjoyed the concert at Fangtasia starring Bubba! I always like it when he makes an appearance, and I like the relationship between him and Bill. It was great to see Bill getting back to health as well. I don't like or trust Claude but I do like Dermot and it was weird to think of him bonding with Jason!

Sookie's personal relationships are under stress as well. She knows that Eric and Pam are plotting behind her back and she hates being excluded. Eric is unhappy that Sookie wants to break the special bond with him when Amelia finds a way to do it. Sookie and Amelia have a big fight after Amelia tells Alcide that the bond is broken and the relationship has broken down, causing Alcide to invite himself into the furious Sookie's bed. Sookie kicks them both out, suspecting that Alcide wants her more for what she can do for the pack than for herself. Sookie is unhappy about Sam seeing someone who hates her though he and Bill continue to look out for her safety.

When Sookie discovers the big secret that Eric has been keeping from her, her world is about to fall apart. Appius set up a vampire wedding deal for Eric and the Queen of Oklahoma and he is struggling to find a way out of it. Sookie is now faced with the prospect of losing Eric and can't help wondering if gaining all the power from the union would be attractive to him, more than a human wife. I can't help feeling here that this could be the end of the road for the couple. I have enjoyed Eric and Sookie having the romance but I keep thinking that it won't last anyway with Sookie determined never to become a vampire. I can't see Eric accepting that from his wife. Maybe if Sam would stop going after bitches, he and Sookie could hook up. It would be better for her in the long term.

The two big finales were good. I loved the mayhem of Bubba's concert at Fangtasia which was the perfect way to deal with Victor, the massive Elvis fan. Then we have the showdown with Sookie and Sandra which I was looking forward to. The Pelt sisters were good characters and I liked all their plots.

So this was certainly a better book to read with lots going on and a lot of angst for poor Sookie. As the series gets closer to the end, I'm intrigued by what might come next.

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