Dead Reckoning is the eleventh book in the long running Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. I have been trying to finish the rest of the series this month but I think I might have to make this a summer project. This book me entirely too long to read through and I can’t decide if that is due to outside influence or a mediocre read. These books are never out-of-this-solar-system great. However, I did not enjoy this one as much as I should have.
The start of the book is higher octane than others. While at work at Merlotte’s someone firebombs the bar. This starts Sookie off on a riotous vault through sticky supernatural politics and awkward human interactions. While Pam and Eric, Sookie’s vampire bonded husband, sort through their own issues Sookie must learn to live with Dermot, her blood relative fairy and dead ringer for her human-turned-werepanther brother, Jason. And through it all Sookie has to find time to plan a baby shower for her old friend, Tara.
Sounds dull? It is. I couldn’t keep my interest in the book no matter how hard I tried. This is strange to me as books with Eric’s presence usually tend to at the very least pique my baser interest. In this book some of the charm is gone. I don’t know if Sookie’s relationship with him is better underscored by sexual tension or what but this book just did not sizzle. I want to find out what happens next, and I want to know how the series ends, but I’m not in a rush to go on. The character dynamics have largely kept my attention for this series, but in this book the interactions weren’t very… dynamic. And they fell flat. And with them went my ardor.
However, I will finish them. Eleven books and two more to go… I will finish them. Just not this week.
3 out of 5 stars.