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A few lucky readers have snagged an advanced copy of Dead in the Family, and some, like Hope from Paperback Dolls, claims that it’s definitely worth the wait. The 10th long-awaited installment of Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series, Dead in the Family, focuses primarily on issues pertaining to the family– both genealogical and vampiric.
Dead in the Family begins with Sookie physically and mentally recovering from her brutal torture she endured by the evil fae at the end of Dead and Gone. Although less trusting of others, we get to see Sookie become more practical and pragmatic when facing problems. Luckily, we also get to see her return to being the rescuer, rather than the victim.
Of course, family issues are the central component to Dead in the Family, and as Eric and Sookie settle into their romantic relationship, they get an unannounced set of visitors: Eric’s maker, Appius Livius Ocella, and his new vamp child, Alexei Romanov. Thwarted into their family crisis, Sookie begins to see a new side of Eric that forever changes her perspective of him.
Readers will definitely be reacquainted with Sookie’s ex, Bill, as he continues to heal from the silver poisoning he contracted in Dead and Gone. While he may be ambivalent about his own health, Sookie “uses stealth to find a remedy.”
The weres have to deal with the Great Reveal, which effects both Sam and Alcide. While Eric is dealing with his own family politics, Sookie finds herself again in the middle of a were crisis — which results in what is described as a “Shakespearean ending.”
As stated by Hope on Paperback Dolls:
“Overall, this was an enjoyable read, and I liked seeing Sookie’s growth and determination as she adjusts to the demands of her life in the supernatural community. While sometimes it seems she is still less than understand” ing of her loved ones, she has come a long way in a short amount of time.”
Dead in the Family involves some interesting character development, as well as “answers several lingering questions readers have had, and it resolves more plot points than it introduces, so it stands on its own better than the previous installment did.
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