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Reviewed in the United States on May 4, 2011
I have read all Ms. Harris's books and thought the creation of Sookie was genius! What a character Sookie is - meant literally and figuratively, and what a cast of characters Ms. Harris conjured. I'm not sure what happened but the last 3 books have lost that feeling. In this latest installment I felt quite a bit of the story was repetitive. We already knew from the last book that Sookie's Grandmother had her two children with a fairy. SPOLIER!! Why the drama with the letter? Sookie already knew. A fae object was found - OK, set up for the next books, as nothing was done with it in this story. There's a big secrete that Erik and Pam won't tell Sookie, Pam wants to but Erik chokes her to keep her from talking - but eventually Sookie does realize what is at stake and Erik tells her the reason. SPOLIER** I don't get it - if Laurana's death freed Bill from her why doesn't the same hold true for Erik? I don't buy the reasoning behind the dilemma at all. And there's something about the characters or the writing that just feels rote. There's alot of conversations with Bill and Erik that we've read before. I felt that some characters were included as an afterthought - Jason only appears when he passes her on the road! So? Who cares? Why was that necessary to put in? The scene with Alcide was so off, I sometimes wondered who was writing the story. Where's Arlene? Is she in jail? Dead Reckoning is not that capitivating, as the earlier stories were, where you couldn't wait to turn the page. As an indication, the earlier books had hundreds of reviews in the first couple of days - today there aren't even 40 yet. I think readers/fans don't feel the same rush to get the book to find out what happened. Personally I couldn't wait, I had hoped the dry spell of rather dull stories would end, but it didn't. I don't think I will purchase the next book - just wait for the last one perhaps. I gave the review 3 stars because I have so enjoyed the authors previous works and felt guilty only giving 2 stars. I just wish that the zest and comical bickering would return.