DEAD AND GONE (Sookie Stackhouse, Book 9) by Charlaine Harris [Review]

Dead and Gone Book

I’m not from the South, but Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels make me want to move to Bon Temps, Louisiana and live among the resident humans, vampires, and were-animals. Sookie may live in a small town, but as a telepathic barmaid who tends to date supernatural creatures, her life is anything but boring. The ninth entry in the series, Dead and Gone, begins with the were-animals following in the footsteps of the vampires by going on television to reveal their existence to the oblivious human population. The human reaction isn’t completely positive and soon a were-panther is murdered and Sookie gets caught up in catching the killer. She also gets dragged into the fairy war thanks to her great-grandfather, Niall, and we find out a lot about his world, the fae. As usual, Sookie also has lots of drama going on in her love life and there is more of the Eric-Sookie-Bill love triangle.

I’ve read all the Sookie Stackhouse books and I’m a huge fan of the series and the TV show True Blood but this book just didn’t seem up to par with the others. The thing I love about the books is Sookie’s sassiness and the unique way that she sees the world (thanks to her “disability”) but these qualities just seemed to be lacking in Dead and Gone. I only mentioned several of the main plotlines above (believe me, there are more) and the problem with this book is that it’s all over the place. There is a FBI storyline that just gets abandoned and is never fully resolved. I don’t know if Harris was influenced by the TV show but this book is also much darker and more violent than previous books. That might not have been a problem if most of the violence wasn’t directed at women in a way that was somewhat disturbing. That being said, I absolutely love the characters and the world that Harris has created. I was very pleased to see Jason’s character developing and maturing. There is a lot of action in this book and I couldn’t put it down because I wanted to find out what would happen next.

I think fans of the Sookie Stackhouse series will enjoy this book despite some of the problems. However, I think all the characters and back-story would just confuse someone new to the series. I would highly recommend newcomers start with the first book, Dead Until Dark, and go from there.

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  • amie

    Hey Kristen, are the books consistant with the TV show in that book 1= season 2, book 2 = season 2 and so on?

  • David

    Good question Amie, I didn’t even know that the TV show was a book series first and it is something I will definately pick up. Eric – Sookie – Bill love triangle, this could get interesting!

  • Kristen

    Amie – yep, you are right, each season loosely follows a book. The first season didn’t stray from the book too much at all. None of the Tara stuff was is the books though – she’s a minor character and own a clothing store called “Tara’s Togs”.

  • tish melone

    I agree that book nine just did not measure up to the first eight. I was very disappointed. Sookie was just not written in the same way and something was lacking in her character. Also as much as I love the tv series I disagree. I think it is going off in its own direction and the only similarity is the characters.

  • Kristen

    Tish – Now that I’m caught up on the 2nd season of True Blood, I agree with you. I love it, but it’s very different from Living Dead in Dallas.