Thursday, May 19th 2011

Review: Dead as a Doornail, Charlaine Harris.

Publisher: Gollancz
Publication Date: July 9, 2009
Received From: Bought
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780575091054

Blurb:
Sookie Stackhouse enjoys her life, mostly. She’s a great cocktail waitress in a fun bar; she has a love life, albeit a complicated one, and most people have come to terms with her telepathy. The problem is, Sookie wants a quiet life – but things just seem to happen to her and her friends. Now her brother Jason is about to turn into a were-panther for the first time. She can deal with that, but her normal sisterly concern turns to cold fear when a sniper sets his deadly sights on the local shifter population.

She’s afraid not just because Jason is at risk, but because his new were-brethren suspect Jason himself may be the shooter. Sookie has until the next full moon to find out who’s behind the attacks – unless the killer decides to find her first.

Dead As A Doornail is the fifth book in Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse series, also known as The Southern Vampire Mysteries. The series centres around a telepathic waitress named Sookie Stackhouse, who lives in a small rural town in Louisiana called Bon Temps. Once again Sookie’s hopes for a quiet and easy life are shattered when there is another mystery that has fallen to her to solve. There’s a killer on the loose and their targets appear to be the shape shifters and were communities. With her brother Jason in the frame as the culprit, Sookie sets to clear his name before the next full moon in the fear that Jason will face the consequences of a crime he might not have committed.

All the characters we have grown to love throughout this book series make an appearance in the book and there’s also the introduction of some new, interesting characters. For instance, there’s the mysteriously enchanting Quinn who is brought in as a referee at a were leadership battle. There’s also a new vampire added to the mix in the form of a once pirate Charles, who is the new bartender at Eric’s vampire bar Fangtasia. I appreciate it when Harris brings in new characters in almost each book as I believe it adds to each storyline and helps ensure each book is fresh and original.

The book includes three different plot lines which blend together successfully to make an excellent ending. The mystery element is once again present in this book as it has been with the prior ones and I applaud Harris for making mystery and vampires/shifters fit so well together. I have to admit that I didn’t guess who the bad guys were straight away which in my opinion is an indication of a good mystery and superb writing. Also, although Sookie is unattached throughout the book, she is being actively pursued by several men. Of course there’s the Bill and Eric but in addition she also has to deal with advances from Sam, Calvin Norris and Alcide.

Once again, Harris does what she does best and combines the supernatural genre with mystery in order to produce a gripping story. Never short of twists and turns, it’s always a pleasure to read an original take on the supernatural world and Dead As A Doornail was no different. The series still provides the same exciting, interesting read as it has done since it’s first instalment, Dead Until Dark. After reading this book, I am left once again eager to read the next. There’s really no stopping Charlaine Harris!

 

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