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Dead Reckoning - Charlaine Harris

Note: Contains spoilers for this and previous books in the series.

This is the eleventh book in the Southern Vampire Mysteries/Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood series.

The story:
Sandra Pelt is out of prison and gunning for Sookie. She's crazier than ever and won't stop until she gets what she wants or winds up dead. Relations between Sookie and Eric are strained. There's something he's not telling her and that's also causing problems between Eric and Pam. Pam's human lover, Miriam, is dying and Victor won't allow her to bring her over. Victor tries to provoke Eric into attacking him so that he can kill him. The fairies are up to something and Sookie can't figure out what it is, but she knows she's feeling her fairy heritage more strongly the longer Dermot and Claude stay with her. While going through the attic furniture she finds a letter from her grandmother detailing her affair with Fintan along with a fairy artefact, known as a Cluvial Dor, which grants its owner one wish. Sookie also discovers where her telepathy came from.

The verdict:
You know, I really, really wanted to love this book. I have to say though, it left me feeling quite "meh". Even with the Sandra Pelt and Victor drama, it still felt like nothing much happened. It felt to me like a bit of a place keeper.

For me the highlight was the fairy storyline. Claude is definitely up to something. I wonder if Claude is trying to make Sookie more Fae so that she can be used for breeding stock? It is mentioned that they are very short on females, and since Claude holds Sookie responsible for Claudine's death, he may feel she owes it to them.

Another highlight was the appearance of Lily and Jack Leeds as the private investigators hired by the Pelt family. Having read the Lily Bard Mysteries I thought it was a nice tie in.

The Sookie/Eric relationship seems to have cooled somewhat (that is, there's not much sex in this book!). I liked that Sookie was able to see how she felt about him without the bond, but not the way she went about it.

Surprisingly, I quite liked Bill in this book. He seems to have absorbed some of the humour Eric lost, and I really enjoyed his banter with Sookie.

And finally, thank goodness the Pelt storyline seems to be over. I had really had enough of that one.

That may sound like I didn't enjoy the book much. I did, I just didn't love it. It was more like slipping on a comfortable pair of slippers rather than the stunning high heels of previous books.

If you've read it, I'd love to hear your thoughts, please leave a comment below.
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