SUMMARY (from Goodreads): Sookie’s got just a month, before the next full moon, to find out who wants her brother dead - and to stop the fiend! Sookie Stackhouse enjoys her life, mostly. She's a great cocktail waitress in a fun bar; she has a love life, albeit a bit complicated, and most people have come to terms with her telepathy. The problem is, Sookie wants a quiet life - but things just seem to happen to her and her friends. Now her brother Jason's eyes are starting to change: he's about to turn into a were-panther for the first time. She can deal with that, but her normal sisterly concern turns to cold fear when a sniper sets his deadly sights on the local changeling population. She afraid not just because Jason's at risk, but because his new were-brethren suspect Jason may be the shooter. Sookie has until the next full moon to find out who's behind the attacks - unless the killer decides to find her first.
The books in Sookie Stackhouse series are fast and intriguing reads, and this one is no exception. The writing, the characters, and the setting are comfortably familiar with both their good and their bad sides.
The narration is not too repetitive in this book, and the writing is improved as there are less errors. Though, I was bothered by “melancholy brother” and “loaner car” (instead of melancholic and loaned). I wonder, again, does Harris do this on purpose? I cannot believe she would miss these two vocabulary mishaps, since they really strike out.
Sookie’s character is making some progress in terms of self-restraint. She still lets almost every hot guy who comes around kiss her, and she falls for every other one, but this time she manages to spell out one clear refusal. Way to go. Maybe she is just a little too polite and worried not to hurt the men’s feelings. And then she feels guilty for indulging them. I hope she soon decides who the one she wants is and tells everyone else to back off.
Dead as a Doornail is generally a gripping read. In addition to Sookie's story, it offers more information about Tara and Werewolves, which is very interesting. The plot is dynamic, and there is not a boring moment from start to finish.
RECOMMENDATION: Anyone who enjoys Sookie Stackhouse series will not be disappointed by this book.