This is a review of “Dead in the Family” by Charlaine Harris. It is the tenth novel in The Sookie Stackhouse Series. It follows on from “Dead and Gone“.
If you are a fan of the HBO show Trueblood, then you ought to know that the show has not reached this point in the series yet.
Family. You definitely don’t get to pick them.
Until recently, Sookie thought that all the family she had left in the world was her brother Jason. Jason has always been self-centred, but after becoming two-natured (he is a bitten were-panther) and having dealt with some pretty major life events, he’s come a long way.
While recovering slowly (but surely) from her injuries sustained in the Fae War (“Dead and Gone“), Sookie is not her usual happy self. Amelia has decided to move back to New Orleans and Eric is quite busy dealing with Victor.
However Sookie deals with some unexpected visits from family. Claude (whom she has not seen since the war) comes to see Sookie at her house. Sookie is not sure what to expect. Does he blame her for the death of his sister? And Remy Savoy calls to ask her if she could babysit her small cousin (Hadley’s child) Hunter. Hunter is telepathic too, just like his Aunt Sookie, which presents its own problems.
Sookie is not the only one dealing with unexpected visits from family members. Eric is surprised by some of his “relatives” when they drop in. And these rellies aren’t all sweetness and light, in fact there may be something seriously amiss…
Alcide’s pack have troubles, and the vampire chain of command for Louisiana is looking a little shaky too.
Sookie is in for some busy times.
This novel is big on family. Different relationships are explored and as she heals, Sookie discovers more about herself and her own nature.
I really enjoyed this book.