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


With her knack for being in trouble’s way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte’s, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. But Sookie suspects otherwise and she and Sam work together to uncover the culprit – and the twisted motive for the attack.

But her attention is divided. Though she can’t ‘read’ vampires, Sookie knows her lover Eric Northman and his ‘child’ Pam well – and she realises that they are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, she is drawn into the plot -which is much more complicated than she knows. Caught up in the politics of the vampire world, Sookie will learn that she is as much of a pawn as any ordinary human – and that there is a new Queen on the board…(via Goodreads)

My Review:

This is the series that introduced me to paranormal romance, and for a long time I just rattled it off as my favorite both for sentiment and habit. However, I’m starting to lose some steam….well, I started losing steam several books ago actually, but here I am reading the book as soon as it was released just the same! See? Habit. Sentiment. It is my understanding that there might only be a couple books left – I hope that is the case. If Harris gets a new contract for this series I will start yanking on my hair. As much as I don’t want to give the characters up, it is time.

I say that because, no matter how many books there are, there is never one that leaves the reader satisfied. I don’t like series that keep you stringed along so that you are forced to pick up the next book – how about a series with dynamic characters and engaging plots that are wrapped up each time so that you pick up the next book because you want to? Every time I set down a new Sookie book, my first thought isn’t “wow, that was good!” it is “sigh, another year until the next one.”

Nonetheless, even though there are tons of loose ends and questions, a couple of big plot lines were satisfied/closed and the book was incredibly fast paced. I also found it a lot funnier then I remember the other books being. Also – there was a brief paragraph talking about the Queen of Oklahoma and Oklahoma in general and it referred to Eric as being a Sooner fan, and I had a nice brief fantasy of Eric and I wearing matching OU tshirts. ha.

Charlaine even lets the dreaded “E” word drop on more than one occasion. Imagine my surprise. (If you don’t know the word I’m referring to – think Bubba.)

Bill doesn’t make an appearance until halfway through the book and let me tell you, the first half was a relief. I know he comes in handy, but I am so sick of the guy! Since he almost died in the fae war but didn’t, I suppose she is keeping him around for a reason. But still…

As for Sookie and Eric, that loose end is gonna blow in the wind, mocking us, until the flippin’ last page of the final book. I just know it. I really like Eric a lot, but all is not well in relationshipville. If nothing else, there will most likely be at least some major developments along those lines (whether for good or ill) in the next book. As long as Sookie doesn’t end up dating Bill again I won’t throw the books out the window.

Anyway, the book fit in well with the series and I don’t have any major complaints! Hopefully the next couple of books will be the last and poor Sookie can finally catch a break. Now it’s time to wait another year for the next release….

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  • anachronist May 4, 2011, 10:34 am

    You managed to express my sentiments very accurately in this review of yours. I quite enjoyed Sookie series but after a while I really got impatient by constant prolonging the closure of the most interesting storylines. What's more I get a nagging suspicion that Charlaine wants to kill Eric off and I disagree with it. I am also not so very happy that Sookie is not going to turn into a vampire. If she hooks up with Bill again it will be a major bleh moment for me. I've heard that Ms Harris intends to write two more books but I am not sure I will read even this one. Ok, maybe after a while, when it is available in my library.

  • Anonymous May 8, 2011, 5:40 pm

    Here Here! I thought I was the only one feeling let down after the last few books. The series needs an ending. As for Eric, Harris has been beafing this guy up since book 1. Bringing any logical thinking to dislike the others (Bill, Quin, etc.) If she takes Eric away from Sookie I don't believe I'll continue to read on. And I know "its been done before" but what is wrong with allowing Sookie to give in and be with the man she loves forever? Instead of growing old and being alone. Its what needs to happen and I hope Harris will come to her sences and stop listening to all the comments on, "do something different." Some people need to think before they speak!

  • anachronist May 9, 2011, 11:20 am

    Its what needs to happen and I hope Harris will come to her sences and stop listening to all the comments on, "do something different." Some people need to think before they speak!

    My thoughts exactly. By the way, different not always means good.

  • Anonymous May 10, 2011, 1:33 pm

    I just finished it and is was disappointed BIG TIME. Sookie was just a shadow of her old-self. She never was behaving logical, but this time – duh!

    The story itself was rather patchy. I sometimes had the feeling that events were thrown in for the sake of adding pages. In my mind, those scenes did not really connect – leave alone forming a story arc.

    There was a great parade of characters in the story, but all of them behaved one-dimensional, almost like stooges. Even Eric’s role felt like that in times. It was never clear what he wanted. Thinking about that, even Sookie was not really painted in 3D.

    Pam had the potential to shine in the book, with her own personal drama and problems. I still can not believe that she was not allowed to do so. More fuss was made about the fact that she could not tell Sookie that Eric was about to claim another bride.

    In short, after a rather disappointing DITF, this is another let-down. I will probably stay away from the next installment. But then again, who knows.

  • Majanka May 14, 2011, 12:53 pm

    I haven't read any of the books in the Sookie Stackhouse series, since I watched the series and didn't enjoy it all that much, but I might have to give it a try some time.

    I'm a new GFC follower btw 😉
    Kind regards,
    I Heart Reading

  • TheBookAddictedGirl May 21, 2011, 2:25 pm

    I haven't read this far into the series, but I know what you mean about series loosing the appeal. I feel the same happened with the House of Night series.
    Brilliant review, and new follower.
    Meg @ The Book Addicted Girl

  • Lynn June 2, 2011, 8:10 pm

    I've just finished reading one of these – can't remember the number though?? The one after the fey war – where the cousin comes to live with Sookie. I know what you mean – I'm sort of addicted but also I'm ready for the end now. Plus I have a sneaky suspicion that Ms Harris will throw in a curve ball and Sookie will end up with Sam (or somebody else completely new!)
    I'm sort of invested in Eric now. Oh Well.


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