TITLE: DEAD IN THE FAMILY
AUTHOR: CHARLAINE HARRIS
Details: no. 10 Sookie Stackhouse
This 10th instalment in the Sookie Stackhouse series was a less satisfying read then the previous ones have been. It was a bit of a mish-mash of a book and read more like a collection of stories then a novel.
Don't get me wrong, there was lots happening, as we've come to expect from this series, but somehow the various story-lines seem to have little in common with each other beside Sookie being central to all of them.
As the title suggests families, in one form or another, are the central theme in this book.
Sookie finds the one fairy relation she has remaining in the human world moving in with her, apparently because he misses contact with other's of fairy decent although sookie doesn't really trust him or his motives. And worryingly there are traces of other fairies moving across her property. She also finds herself dealing with her young cousin Hunter, a five year old with the same ability she has who desperately needs training.
Erik, Sookie's vampire lover has to deal with the sudden appearance of the man who turned him as well as an unstable "blood brother".
Bill, her vampire ex-lover is not healing after the events in the previous book and Sookie sets herself the task of finding a distant relative of his who might be able to help, while she is also part of his reunion with his living descendants.
To top it all of Sookie also finds herself, once again, in the middle problems within the Werewolf pack. And after a relatively easy coming out on the part of the shifters, it now appears that humanity is less accepting of the two-natured then it appeared at first.
In short, life in Bon Temps is, as always, anything but peaceful or easy.
Like I said, I enjoyed this book less than the previous ones, but I'm willing to accept that maybe this novel is a transition between past story-lines and new ones to come and am hopeful that the next book will be up to the old standards again.