This is a review of “Dead As A Doornail” by Charlaine Harris. It is the fifth book in The Sookie Stackhouse Series. Season 5 of Trueblood is loosely based on this novel. It follows on from “Dead to the World“.
Spoiler Alert: Don’t read this review if you are a fan of the HBO show Trueblood and do not want to find out anything you may yet not know about the characters etc. Trueblood (particularly in Seasons 3/4/5) differs greatly from the novels, but don’t say I didn’t warn you if you choose to read on.
Sookie’s brother Jason has discovered that due to being repeatedly bitten by a were-panther, who held him captive, he is now a shifter (or semi-shifter if you like).
People are being shot in the Bon Temps area. From an outsider’s perspective, the victims seem to have nothing at all in common. But Sookie knows that all of the victims are weres or shifters. Sookie is worried about her brother, not just because he could be shot, but because the local shifter/were population suspect him of being the shooter. He certainly has enough motive.
In other areas: Sookie’s love life is über complicated. Alcide is interested and that’s messy (for a number of mostly Debbie Pelt-related reasons). Sam has always been there for her and they both find one another attractive. Bill wants her back. And Eric has had his memory restored, but remembers nothing of their time together. Sookie hopes to keep it that way. Eric knowing would complicate things even more and “regular-Eric” is just not what Sookie wants at the moment.
Sookie is also worried for her friend Tara who seems to have gotten herself into a (scary) pickle with her own overbearing vampire boyfriend.
Life just isn’t boring when you’re Sookie Stackhouse.
I liked this book. I hope Season 5 of Trueblood resembles it a little more in the episodes to come.