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Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris
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Apr 03, 2010

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bookshelves: magic-special-powers, shapeshifters, vampires, fae-fey-elves
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Dead in the Family picks up where book #9 left off. Sookie is healing and trying to deal with the emotional aftermath of the torture she faced during the Fae war. She and Eric are dating, and they are still married in the vampire way. Bill is having problems healing from the silver poisoning he got during the Fae war. Sookie has an idea to help him, but will it work? The government is looking at adding shapeshifters/weres to the national registration bill, which would limit their rights as US citizens. There is a lot of turmoil with some supporting the bill, and some against. Sam and his business is targeted. And following the death of a pack member, Sookie is pulled into some were politics at the request of Alcide. Eric is dealing with his own difficult politics. Victor may be planning something. And Eric gets a big surprise guest, who causes even more challenges. Meanwhile, there is a Fae presence on Sookie's land and she must get to the bottom of it. Is a Fae targeting her?

Like the other Sookie Sackhouse books, this book was an entertaining read. Harris continues to do a great job with character development, and I enjoyed seeing many of my favorite characters again. The tone of the book was more of a downer than previous books, which I guess makes sense given what Sookie went through with the Fae war. But the tone of the book made me not like it quite as well as other books in the series. Also the action and pacing of this book weren't as well done as some of the earlier books. And I would have liked more development of the Sookie and Eric relationship. There seems to be a lot left hanging.

As a fan of the Sookie series, overall I enjoyed this book however it was not one of the better ones in the series.

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Carolyn F. Great review Shannon. I'm hoping to get to it this month.

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