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2.0 out of 5 stars
Frustrating, 29 Jun 2010
I don't think there are many who read this latest in the Sookie saga without having read all the others because you really would be foolish to do so.
As I have read the other books I was eagerly anticipating this installment given the exciting finale of 'Dead & Gone'. But I can't help thinking this booked seemed so lazy in it's story.
Once you have got to this point in the series the writing ability of Charlaine Harris becomes secondary and you can overlook the tedious writing style simply because the world she has created and the characters we see are so engaging and to put it simply - its a interesting story.
But 'Dead In The Family' lacks an interesting story. Sure, it's great to see Sookie again and its always a pleasure being thrust back into the world of Bon Temps, but after looking forward to the book we get the characters simply bobbing along with no real development.
The Weres have a problem with regards to a murder but only for the fact that the body is left outside the house of Sookie it really serves little purpose to the story.
The Fairies have always been given the ability to be very tough, mean and overall evil at times. One of the main culprits has been Demot who we now find out did not cross back into the Fae world. So I am thinking at this point that we are in for a suspense filled tale as Demot comes for Sookie but nothing of the sort happens and we end up with Demot having been under some spell.
We have a little bit of Bill in the story and then he just disappears after Sookie has done him a good deed.
The main story seems to be that Eric's maker has turned up with another Vampire who effectively is Erics brother. But we miss most of the action as Eric does not contact Sookie.
So overall we have Sookie musing over her life, worrying about this and that without anything really happening. Then before you know the book is over. Short, simple, with little substance.
And whilst this is not likely to be the fault of the author, the front cover is all wrong. It has the characters from the TV series - some who are not even in the books. It is not a representation of the Sookie books.
This will not stop me from reading the next book and I am not rubbishing this entire series, but I just felt a little flat having finished this one as there was simply not enough going on.
After all that wait...