by Jesus Ibarra
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Dead Reckoning brings us back to Bon Temps with our favorite telepathic southern waitress, Sookie Stackhouse. The eleventh installment of The Southern Vampire Series, by Charlaine Harris, shows us it’s better than ever with a more matured, evolved Sookie dealing with the various supernatural mayhem in her life. Once again Sookie finds herself in more danger, but this time around she is able to handle herself better.
The opening of the novel has Sookie witnessing the firebombing of Merlottes. With all of the two natured having gone public, Sam Merlotte assumes the people responsible are an anti-shifter church, but it quickly becomes apparent that it’s someone from Sookie’s past who has come back to Ben Temps in search of revenge.
While trying to figure out who would bomb Merlottes, Sookie is drawn into vampire politics again. When her boyfriend (technically husband) Eric Northman and his child, Pam, are plotting to kill their overbearing master Victor, Sookie is forced to make some questionable moral choices. In between we get a ton of background information about Sookie’s fairy lineage as well as some great moments between her and her fairy cousins Claude and Dermot. And finally, Charlaine Harris reveals why Sookie is a telepath, and how she came by this ability.
I am enthralled with this series and actually finished the book in one sitting; I couldn’t put it down. I do feel however this has become more than just a mystery series featuring vampires, as the mystery to both plots are kind of predictable and get resolved pretty quickly. It has become more about Sookie and her evolution as a human, well mostly human, in a world full of supernatural beings. Harris succeeds in making me believe that Sookie really does question all the things that she does, even if they are for the people she loves, and this internal conflict makes Sookie such a strong character.
I’m not the biggest fan of Eric and Sookie being together, as I still hold out hope for her to reunite with Bill, but there are a couple of turning points for Sookie’s relationship with Eric. It will be interesting to see how the new plot threads that were introduced get resolved. Overall, I loved this book and, if you’re a fan of genre mashups, you will too.
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