Friday, May 6, 2011

Review of Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

Author: Charlaine Harris

Release date: 3rd of May 2011
Published by: The Berkley Publishing Group, The Penguin Group (USA)
Reading level: FICTION - ADULT: Paranormal
Pages: 325 in Hardcover
Source: Kindle for PC

Summary from Goodreads:

"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. But Sookie suspects otherwise and she and Sam work together to uncover the culprit - and the twisted motive for the attack. But her attention is divided. Though she can't 'read' vampires, Sookie knows her lover Eric Northman and his 'child' Pam well - and she realises that they are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, she is drawn into the plot -which is much more complicated than she knows. Caught up in the politics of the vampire world, Sookie will learn that she is as much of a pawn as any ordinary human - and that there is a new Queen on the board . . . "

This was a book which I’ve patiently waited for from the moment I finished Dead in the Family. Charlaine Harris is one of my favorite contemporary writers, and I was very excited when Dead Reckoning came out. I didn’t have to be disappointed. Charlaine Harris did it again and this time differently!

In my opinion Dead Reckoning was slightly different from the other books in the series. It seems that Sookie has matured a lot and that also brings little darker aspects to the book. I also felt that Charlaine Harris is aware that Sookie’s story is about to end and that shows in the Dead Reckoning.

Sookie is thinking much more about her future with Eric; what will the relationship and love with Eric bring to her. Sookie is aware that her love to Eric is changing and the reader is aware too. In Dead Reckoning you can read and feel that Sookie’s and Eric’s relationship is on the important turning point, you know that there is something under the surface and you do not know exactly what will happen next between them in the coming book. My hope is that Sookie and Eric can solve the new problems rising up between them, but somehow I am not sure they will end up in happily ever after. I have to admit, that I would love to see them together when the last book of the series is written, but I’m little afraid that it’s not going to happen. This is pure assumption of course and therefore I cannot wait to read and see how their story ends.

I actually felt Sookie’s sadness. I don’t know if it was author’s intention, but this is how I experienced the book. There are too many new things coming up in Dead Reckoning and Sookie has a hard time of understanding and swallowing it all. She understands, but it’s hard for her to accept. I felt real sympathy towards her – how much more can a girl take? She finds out about the story of her Grandmom and Fintan, she finds out what role Mr. Cataliades has played for her whole life, she knows that fairies are up to something and she doesn’t know what it is exactly, she gets an unexpected gift which has too much power and which can either solve her problems or make her life even more dangerous. There was so much happening in this book for Sookie, so I am very interested to see, how Charlaine Harris will solve all the above in the coming book. I loved all the new twists and turns in the Dead Reckoning, but in the same time I also felt that there are still too many open things to close and I am wondering if the last books of the series will manage to deliver it. Charlaine Harris has really turned up both the pace and the plot development in Dead Reckoning and it would demand a very big and good Grand Finale of the series. The tension is up on its highest and the end of Dead Reckoning does not take it away.

I was happy to see, that the author dedicated a lot of time to the relationship between Sookie and Eric, but besides that I was tremendously happy to meet all my other favorite characters of the book. I enjoyed that the authors spent little more time on Pam and her relation to Miriam. I mentioned earlier that this book was darker than other books have been and Pam’s story is one of the reasons. Since I love Pam’s character I felt so sorry for her that she couldn’t make her own child, especially thinking that Miriam still had a chance. The conflict between Pam and Eric was painful to read, I was taken by surprise when these two attacked each other. Well, later you find out why it happened but still it was painful because Pam and Eric have lot of respect towards each other.

Sam and Bill were both in Dead Reckoning, but in my opinion Sam was more in the background in this book. Bill made a comeback in Dead Reckoning and I liked that Sookie had Bill supporting her as a friend.

Generally, Dead Reckoning was as good as I expected from Charlaine Harris, there were lot of action and new and interesting developments in the book. Dead Reckoning had a good deal of humor in it, it was easy to read. But the undertones of Dead Reckoning were more serious and dark which was one way a good surprise to me, but it made me little sad when I ended the book – I have a feeling that a lot of unexpected things what I personally as a reader might not like will happen in the next book of series. Let’s see!

4 stars out of 5.


  1. Good review! I left Dead Reckoning feeling not quite satisfied. I didn't like being left hanging on the relationship front between Eric and Sookie. I feel like they're on the precipice and I would have prefered CH to just give them a shove.

  2. Thank you for your comment, Jen!
    To some extent I agree with you. I would prefer that there was a clear "to be or not to be" solution. I would hate it if they would break up towards the end of the last book!

  3. Grat review :) I have only read the first book in the series and enjoyed it!

  4. Thank you Brittany! When I started reading the series, I was totally hooked after first book. Fortunately, when it happened, already 8 books were out and were available.
    Now I just have to wait another year to know what will come next!

  5. Fantastic review. Actually, you have rekindled my desire to read these books. I did not read the last one released (I think last year) because I felt the one before fell a bit flat for me. However, it is good to know that you think Sookie has a matured a bit.
    I will now get myself up to date with this series.

  6. I am not this far caught up with the series yet! I'll probably have to do an entire reread before I can read this now because I'm lost!
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