Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Definitely Dead (Sookie Stackhouse #6) by Charlaine Harris

SUMMARY (from Goodreads): As a person with so few living relatives, supernaturally gifted Louisiana cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse really hated to lose one. But she never thought it would be her cousin Hadley, a consort of the Vampire Queen of New Orleans. Since Hadley was a vampire, she was already dead – weird! And now, as unexpected heir to Hadley’s estate, Sookie discovers that someone doesn’t want her snooping around, going through Hadley’s possessions and her past. But why? And who?


The sixth book in this series is pleasantly familiar and novel at the same time.

The familiar part is Sookie’s repeated yammering about her poverty and having to deal wit the supernatural world. It’s somewhat annoying from time to time, but I can live with it. I liked that Sookie’s behaviour where men are concerned is more guarded in this book than in the previous instalments.

I enjoyed learning about the vampire hierarchy and the parts about witches were interesting. Also, this book is different form the rest of the series in not sticking to one major plot but having multiple intertwining plotlines without creating confusion.

Despite plenty of action, I think this book is less turbulent. Perhaps I got that feeling from Sookie contemplating a lot about the ‘normal’ aspects of life – family, friendship, love – instead focusing solely on the supernatural world.

Naturally, Sookie saves the day in the end, finishing the story without any cliff-hangers but still leaving room for another story.

RECOMMENDATION: For the fans of the series, this is an easy and familiar read to relax with.   

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