Dead Reckoning (True Blood 12) by Charlaine Harris [Book Review]

Character driven with enemies from the past

I found my joy again in reading the Sookie Stackhouse novels in Dead Reckoning. As with many longer series the early books had a lot of new stuff to fascinate, then came a dip in originality and in quality. It was just more of the same. It is still more of the same but the story is more character driven which I enjoy.

Sookie and her boyfriend Eric is exploring ‘going steady’ which is a new experience for the both of them. It generates many small situations that amused me.

The fallout from the shifters revelation continues in this novel. Early on there is a firebombing of Merlotte’s, the bar where Sookie works. She catches a glimpse of the perpetrator before taking cover. She soon realizes that there is more to her investigation than shifter-haters.

They also have to deal with the king’s henchman Victor. He is out to get Eric and all the people around him, Sookie included. It is endearing the way Pam and Eric tries to keep Sookie out of it to ‘protect’ her. Like that ever is going to work. This is where Sookies personal journey comes into play. She has to face some hard facts about herself and her relationship before it is over and Eric is … let us say consistent.

Pam is the character I most enjoyed. She becomes more her own here.

Did I mention Bubba is back?

I liked and enjoyed this lightweight entertainment that is Southern Vampires. It is very character driven so be warned if you don’t go for that kind of thing. The plot is the weakest part, it is partly inconsistent with earlier books. I mostly enjoyed being with the characters for a while though.

There are quite a few unresolved threads for future books at the end. I hope Charlaine Harris continues on this trend but we need more plot in the next volume. I recommend Dead Reckoning to fans of True Blood and Southern Vampires if you like character driven stories.

Book Information

Dead Reckoning (True Blood 12) by Charlaine Harris (Gollancz 2011) – Amazon US | UK

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…