Book Review – Dead as a Doornail

Book #5 of Sookie Stackhouse series.

A shooter is on the loose in Bon Temps, and it appears they are targeting shifters. Could this be related to someone catching Sookie’s house on fire? Or is there something even bigger going on? While Sookie tries to do a little investigating of her own, she finds herself in danger, injured yet again, and still annoyed at the men around her.

This installment of the Sookie Stackhouse series features more were and shifter moments than previous books, including the Shreveport were-pack’s competition for new pack leader, which Sookie unwittingly finds herself in the middle of. It also has more of the fairies Claudine and Claude, and while a couple of vampires are in the middle of the story, both Bill and Erik are kept on the periphery of the action. This one also introduces a key character in upcoming books: Quinn.

Sookie’s brother Jason is getting settled in to his new life as a partial-shifter as well and starting to shack up with the were-panther Crystal more often, which makes Sookie feel a bit concerned but ultimately happy that Jason is being accepted by at least one were in the Hotshot community. This is another big storyline that digs deep in later books.

At this point in the series, if you’ve read the previous books and enjoyed them, then this one is going to be just as pleasant. Charlaine Harris does a great job keeping Sookie’s character true to herself, while also allowing her to make bad choices in which she can learn from to further her character development. My favorite thing about Sookie: she doesn’t take any shit from anyone and sticks up for herself. She’s never a victim, but always tries to do what’s right and what’s necessary (even if that means doing things she will regret later on).

This one gets a 5 out of 5. It’s not my favorite in the series, but I enjoy the time we get to spend with the non-vampire characters.

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