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Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris

May 24th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

Description: Except for Sookie Stackhouse, folks in Bon Temps, Louisiana, know little about vamps—and nothing about weres.

Until now. The weres and shifters have finally decided to reveal their existence to the ordinary world. At first all goes well. Then the mutilated body of a were-panther is found near the bar where Sookie works—and she feels compelled to discover who, human or otherwise, did it.

But there’s a far greater danger threatening Bon Temps. A race of unhuman beings—older, more powerful, and more secretive than vampires or werewolves—is preparing for war. And Sookie finds herself an all-too human pawn in their battle.

I have to admit I was a little disappointed in this book after waiting for so long.  I have this strange feeling of not much having happened and yet too much having happened in this book.  There were so many story lines going on and the connections between them were tenuous at best.  I felt like Harris tried to put too many characters and mini story lines in the book just to fill out pages.  Like in the beginning the weres and shape shifters come out to the world and yet other than hinting that maybe the death of some of the weres may be hate crimes that turns out not to be true and there is very little else on how the world reacts.  I hardly believe the “it’s no big deal” vibe going around.   When the murderers of the were-panther are discovered you even find out that there was no grand reason behind that death.  Again, it felt like filler.  The only good part about the book was you see a little of Eric but even he didn’t seem like the good ol Eric from past books.  Just because he regained his memories of his time with Sookie, I didn’t expect him to behave the way he did.  All in all a disappointing book.  I wouldn’t say I hated it but it felt very disjointed.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, General Fiction, Mystery, Romance

6 Responses

  1. Pam

    I agree, I really didn’t like this book and I think my review was a bit more harsh than yours but focused on the same things that made this book not my absolute favorite. I do not think I will continue with the series.

  2. Casey

    I liked it but I really feel like Charlaine Harris is in this wrap up phase where all of the loose storylines are ending. I don’t know what this means. I have no idea where the next one is headed. I’m hoping she’s going to end the series soon otherwise I think it will spiral downwards.

  3. dsuzuki

    I think she is trying to drag it out too much and is throwing in a lot of filler. I’ll probably give the next one a try but if I don’t like that one either I’m done with the series.

  4. CJHill

    Debbie –

    I think you, and the others, are right. There’s too much that’s not developed to its potential and things felt like they were brought to a screeching halt before they’d been given a chance.

    I hope it isn’t a trend Harris plans on continuing.


  5. dsuzuki

    CJH-I know! I’m all for setting up story lines but not so many at once with nothing really developed to its potential.

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