Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

41%

32 Critic Reviews

I felt that the thematic concerns of the book – as strong and compelling as they are — overrode its plotting and characterization...I wish the behind the scenes machinations were less visible in the book.
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Synopsis

With her knack for being in trouble's way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. Sookie suspects otherwise, but her attention is divided when she realizes that her lover, Eric Northman, and his "child" Pam are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, Sookie is drawn into the plot-which is much more complicated than she knows...


 

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 3, 2011 by Ace. 334 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Dead Reckoning
All: 32 | Positive: 10 | Negative: 22

Dear Author

Below average
Reviewed by Janet on Jun 21 2012

I felt that the thematic concerns of the book – as strong and compelling as they are — overrode its plotting and characterization...I wish the behind the scenes machinations were less visible in the book.

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Love Vampires

Excellent

Fast-paced action, quirky characters and mystery, combined with truly imaginative fantasy, served up with a dash of bloody violence and romance

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Open Book Society

Excellent
Reviewed by Rose on May 05 2011

Dead Reckoning is both fun and a bit nail biting at times, a fantastic mix and a great precursor of what is to come in Harris’ next installment.

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Nashua Patch

Excellent
Reviewed by Britanny Frizzell on May 15 2012

One of the many reasons why I love the character of Sookie Stackhouse is because she is humble yet tough.

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That's What She Read

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Reviewed by Michelle on Aug 24 2011

Dead Reckoning, unfortunately, is not one of the better ones in the Sookie Stackhouse series.

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Heroes and Heartbreakers

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Reviewed by Natasha Carty on May 06 2011

... the Sookie Stackhouse Series has been doing downhill for some time now... I don’t know how much longer I can take this dragging-out deal we have going here.

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Maryse's Book Blog

Good
Reviewed by Maryse on May 11 2011

This one worked for me... In fact, Sookie was my favorite in this installment.

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The Lit B***h

Below average
May 04 2011

But was this book worth all the hype???...I felt like after that we have just been waiting…

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Alison's Book Marks Blog

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Reviewed by Alison Skap on Sep 30 2011

There were parts that seemed to drag. Unfortunately, either Sookie is slow, or Harris thinks little of her audience.

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Wicked Little Pixie

Below average
May 02 2011

...the reason we loved Sookie is evident in this book but it's still not the same series as it used to be...I'm not sad to see the series go.

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Book Equals

Good
Reviewed by Kristen on May 05 2011

I highly recommend Dead Reckoning to any fan of the Sookie Stackhouse series since it reveals some important new details about Sookie.

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Girls in the Stacks

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Reviewed by Nancy, Stacy on May 03 2011

...slow to start, meandered around a bit and had an unsatisfying ending that left me irritated...I’m not happy.

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The Literary Life of the Well-Read Wife

Good
Reviewed by Mandy B. on May 03 2012

Harris has the rare gift of being able to keep the plot and characters in a series as fresh and inviting as they were in the first outing...

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Misbehavin' Librarian

Good
May 03 2011

Charlaine just has a way of putting you right in the story without having to explain everything that has happened, and you just follow and understand

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It's My Genre, Baby

Good
Reviewed by Meoskop on May 15 2011

Reading a Sookie Stackhouse book is like settling into a rollercoaster ride...When it's over and your stomach has settled you realize that you really loved it and want to go again right now.

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The Garden of Books

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Reviewed by Lisa on Aug 11 2011

Overall it was not one of the best books in the series...

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Strange and Random Happenstance

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Reviewed by Eliza on May 02 2012

Overall I think we're reaching the end of this series' feasibility. There is no plot anymore...Carry this on much longer... it could get ugly.

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Libereading Blog

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Reviewed by Rayna on Jul 13 2011

... there isn't enough satisfying storyline or character development in Dead Reckoning to feel like a complete book.

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Fluttering Butterflies

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Reviewed by Michelle on Oct 10 2011

It must be hard to maintain the same level of awesome throughout such a long series...There's still some problems with repition and mundane details of Sookie's life...

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The Royal Library

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Reviewed by Fred Phillips on Jun 01 2011

While I once looked forward to a new installment in Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series, I’ve once again been left a little disappointed by her latest, “Dead Reckoning”

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A Case for Books

Good
Reviewed by Anna on May 21 2011

Harris' skill lies in creating fastmoving books with appealing characters that you can't put down. All in all, Dead Reckoning is a good addition to the series...

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Hooked on Books

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Reviewed by Christa on Aug 05 2011

...the plot felt a little forced. Many of the same situations have already been encountered by Sookie in one way or another.

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Coffee Table Reviews

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Reviewed by Aimee on May 16 2011

While I loved the first several books, the last 3 or so have not been up to par.

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Busy Moms Who Love to Read

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Reviewed by Pamela Visen on Jun 24 2011

This latest installment was something of a let down...Nothing special happened, nothing really exciting occurred.

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Belle's Bookshelf

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Reviewed by Belle on Jun 15 2011

...I'd been super excited about the release of the next Sookie Stackhouse book. But sadly, while it satisfied me to some extent, I can't help feeling a bit... disappointed.

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Bookshelf Lust

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Reviewed by Rachel on May 05 2011

All in all, the fairy drama, and vampire politics have grown tiring. Parts of the book seemed to drag and go nowhere.

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Paranormal Itch Reviews

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May 14 2012

The first half of the book was uneventful...was like watching paint dry actually.

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My Ever Expanding Library

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Reviewed by Jackie on Jul 11 2011

... I would've liked much more action and intrigue than what was delivered.

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Breaking Books

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Reviewed by Susan on May 17 2011

There really wasn’t much of an end…but hell, there wasn’t much of a story. The first half was boring...

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Simple Pleasures Books Blog

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Reviewed by Brenda Seward on May 16 2011

As a fan of this series I will admit that I was among those waiting with rapt anticipation for its release. I will also admit that I was just a little let down with the results.

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Gravetells

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Reviewed by DVK on May 06 2011

If you, like me, need a little more romantic closure and less what-chores-Sookie-is-doing-today, you might leave this one feeling a little frustrated and wrung out.

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True-Blood.net

Good
Apr 22 2011

Chock full of action, some knock-you-down surprises, some sexiness, and a surprising amount of humor, Dead Reckoning is clearly leading us to the end of Sookie’s story in book 13.

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