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Book Review – Dead as a Doornail: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel by Charlaine Harris

August 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Book Description:

The fifth Sookie Stackhouse novel from the New York Times bestselling author – and the basis for the HBO series True Blood.

Small-town cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse has had more than her share of experience with the supernatural — but now it’s really hitting close to home. When Sookie sees her brother Jason’s eyes start to change, she knows he’s about to turn into a were-panther for the first time — a transformation he embraces more readily than most shapeshifters she knows. But her concern becomes cold fear when a sniper sets his deadly sights on the local changeling population, and Jason’s new panther brethren suspect he may be the shooter. Now, Sookie has until the next full moon to find out who’s behind the attacks — unless the killer decides to find her first…


Yep, I’m still working through the Sookie Stackhouse 8-copy Boxed Set (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood) by Charlaine Harris, and how time flies – I’m already done with the fifth book Dead as a Doornail! My thoughts? Well, Dead to the World (the fourth book) remains my personal favorite from this ‘fluffy’ series (and mostly because of amnesia-Eric), although I did appreciate that with this fifth book, Charlaine Harris gives us a more in-depth view of the other paranormal denizens of her universe.

Dead as a Doornail is kind of the ‘odd one out’ of the series so far since the vampires aren’t really front and center this time around – Sookie interacts more with the shifters and weres, plus her Fairy friends Claudine (and her twin Claude). There is a dangerous sniper / killer abroad in Bon Temps, and he/she is targeting the local shifter population (plus one human – Sookie herself!). Sookie’s werewolf-friend Alcide is back, too, and we learn more than we might want to know about how a werewolf pack picks their next pack-leader (I’m glad that Harris went there though, since IMO, even though it was very traumatic for Alcide / Sookie, the last section was really the best thing about this fifth book ).

But I don’t know, I just got the feeling of ‘filler’ when I was reading this – Sookie just passively bounces around from one mishap to the next while getting wooed / kissed by her many, many beaus in Bon Temps. Nothing really major happens to her character  in terms of growth (well, she does ‘almost’ die every now and then, but you and I know that nothing really bad or permanent is going to happen to Sookie, so there goes any real suspense).  It does end up with a hint of what the next book is about (a Vampire summit!) so that’s something to look forward to at least 🙂

Dead as a Doornail: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel by Charlaine Harris is available on Amazon as a Kindle edition, Paperback edition, Mass Market Paperback edition, and Audible Audio Edition.

The eBook is also available at B&N, Apple iBookstore, Kobo books and Sony eBookstore.

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