Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, Book 11)
Wow. This one worked for me, and I’m pleasantly surprised. I went into it thinking I was going to be sorely disappointed (as I was with the last two books), but that wasn’t the case at all.
You know when you get invited to go somewhere, and you’re getting ready to go, but you’re all bummed ’cause you’re so sure it won’t be your thing, and you’re going to have a miserable time? And then you go, and it ends up being so fun, and one of the most memorable experiences in your life? Well… okay, not to that extent with this book, but close
I went into this one resigning myself to the fact that Eric and Sookie were not going to ever have that “old chemistry” back. All that “will they, won’t they?” tension, the game playing, the emotional connections and then the devastating mind games. Book #4 that made us fall in love with Eric, irrevocably, and then future installments where old Eric was back and aloof (but not)? Well. I gave up on those pipe dreams. From recent snippets of interviews and book signings, it was becoming nerve wrackingly apparent that Charlaine might not be as ”Eric-centric” as we thought, and my addiction to all things Eric was causing a road-block in my enjoyment of the series.
So I let it go. I grudgingly made my peace with the possibility that Eric was not “THE” guy, and I tried going into this book like I did when I once knew nothing about the series and was just going along for the ride. And you know what? It worked. Wanna know what else? Eric and Sookie… I dunno. Was it my imagination or was that exciting tension and angst back?
I am ashamed to say that at that moment I was scared of Eric, this desperate and determined vampire who was attacking his best friend because he didn’t want me to know… something.
So here’s the scoop on the book.
- Sookie’s got both her handsome but weirdo Fae relatives living with her. Claude her cousin, is still as aloof and arrogant as ever, and Dermott her great uncle is sweet and kind of clingy. I think he has a crush on Sookie (I know… I know… ew!!). But he’s still amazingly sweet. Having fae in her constant proximity is having an interesting effect on her.
- Sam is struggling with Merlotte’s (customers have dropped off like flies, and everyone suspects it is due to Sam’s coming “out” as a shifter). Eric has also noticed a certain drop-off in business, and it appears “whats-his-name-Victor?” is at the bottom of their miseries.
All you had to do was watch Victor’s face to understand that Victor had wanted – yearned for – the title of king, that he had hoped to rule both of Felipe’s new territories. His disappointment had made him angry, and he was focusing that anger on Eric, the biggest target within his reach.
- Sookie is a target of numerous enemies again, and she narrowly escapes a few “deathly” situations (but of course!!). Sandra Pelt, Victor, and well, whoever else wants Sookie dead, or… whatever they want with her. Revenge issues, power struggles, and all that. She is a paranormal conundrum after all, and with her ties and alliances, her heritage and connections, let’s just say she remains an excellent bargaining chip. ;)
“I mean, how many enemies can I have?”
I heard Amelia take a long breath. “Don’t answer that,” I said hastily.
- Sookie and Eric’s blood bond… well. Let’s just say that was a good GOOD and very exciting part! A few moments had my blood boiling and my heart racing and this was one of ‘em.
- Eric has a secret up his sleeve, and let’s just say the “trigger” word is “wife”. I was intrigued by whatever was disturbing him on the that front. Of course, Sookie, his “wife” disturbs him enough as it is, but there’s more to the story, so much so, that when I clued in I went a little crazy. I’m dying to know where this is going.
“Oh, no.” I found myself able to speak, though only a whisper.
- Oh and Sookie discovers an old family “treasure” that gives her insight into her grandmothers past, her Fae heritage, her special “abilities” and an untapped power that could potentially change her future forever.
- Oh and… Bill’s here too It’s all good.
If you’re not “over” Sookie yet, read this one. It’s well worth it, and might revive your love of the series once again, as it did, me. In fact, Sookie was my favorite in this installment.
For those who have read it, I’m dying to know your thoughts!! Was this one better for you?
Interested in the series? Check out the reading order guide here: Charlaine Harris – Southern Vampire Mysteries Reading Order: