Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris

64%

14 Critic Reviews

Harris introduces one memorable eccentric after another, and so there are subplots that simply hang out on the back porch for the entire book.
-LA Times

Synopsis

After enduring torture and the loss of loved ones during the brief but deadly Fae War, Sookie Stackhouse is hurt and she's mad. Just about the only bright spot in her life is the love she thinks she feels for vampire Eric Northman. But he's under scrutiny by the new vampire king because of their relationship. And, as the political implications of the shifters' coming-out are beginning to be felt, Sookie's connection to one particular Were draws her into the dangerous debate. Also, unknown to her, though the door to Faery has been closed, there are still some fae on the human side-and one of them is angry at Sookie. Very, very angry.
 

About Charlaine Harris

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Charlaine Harris is a New York Times bestseller for both her Sookie Stackhouse fantasy/mysteries and her Harper Connolly Prime Crime mystery series. She has lived in the South her entire life.Toni L.P. Kelner is the author of the Laura Fleming mysteries, and the Prime Crime "Where are they now?" series. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, fellow author Stephen P. Kelner, Jr, and two daughters.
 
Published May 7, 2010 by Ace. 321 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Dead in the Family
All: 14 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 7

Examiner

Below average
Reviewed by Samantha LaChey on Jun 12 2010

The next installment of the Sookie Stackhouse series does not leave readers in want of more. Though the plot lacked the series’ usual punch, the novel’s true worth lies in character development, which occurs despite and because of the supernatural elements in Charlaine Harris’ series.

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NY Journal of Books

Excellent
on Mar 29 2010

Charlaine Harris is a puppeteer who has created characters that jump off the page despite their being supernatural. In Dead in the Family she continues to excite and collect readers through her imaginative orchestration of Sookie’s life

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RT Book Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Jill Smith on Apr 06 2013

Character growth is a huge reason why Harris' novels are so addictive, and this book provides fresh revelations.

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LA Times

Above average
Reviewed by Sarah Smith on May 18 2010

Harris introduces one memorable eccentric after another, and so there are subplots that simply hang out on the back porch for the entire book.

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Suite 101

Good
on Jul 18 2010

...Dead in the Family is a fast-paced and enjoyable read...

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Tor

Below average
on Jun 25 2010

Hopefully Harris will scrounge up enough mojo to either end the series on a high note or do something creatively interesting with her characters.

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Love Vampires

Excellent
on Apr 06 2013

Mixing up romance, mystery, imaginative fantasy and horror while driving the series forward, this book is everything that Sookie Stackhouse fans have come to expect from the talented pen of Charlaine Harris.

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BookIdeas.com

Good
Reviewed by Claire Lockyer on Apr 06 2013

...Dead in the Family is a solid book, both interesting and complex with enough drama and intrigue to keep you wanting more.

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Good E-Reader

Below average
Reviewed by Michael Kozlowski on Jun 28 2010

I think some fans will take issue with the book’s lack of plot, which I can totally understand...

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SFX

Above average
Reviewed by Ian Berriman on Jul 11 2010

Fans who love the series because of the characters will welcome the chance to see Sookie and co in a less action-packed story.

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Geek Speak

Above average
Reviewed by Sara Paige on Jun 01 2010

...this really is a filler book, designed to tie up some loose ends, further unravel others, and generally set things up for the coming end of the series.

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The Trades

Below average
on Apr 30 2010

...the story takes longer to evolve, not creating an immediate hook to draw in the reader.

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Helium

Good
Reviewed by Wendy R. on May 12 2010

...Dead in the Family is a very good book in the Sookie Stackhouse series. For me it had just enough romance, action and adventure to keep me interested.

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Gather Books

Below average
on Dec 22 2010

...this novel was lacking in much of the action the others in the series feature so much of.

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