Monday, August 9, 2010

Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris - Book Review #62

Monday, August 9, 2010
Dead as a Doornail
by Charlaine Harris

When Sookie sees her brother Jason's eyes start to change, she knows he's about to turn into a werepanther for the first time - a transformation he embraces more readily than most shapeshifters she's known. But her concern for her brother becomes cold fear when a sniper sets his deadly sights on the local changeling population - and Jason's new panther brethren suspect he may be the shooter." Now, Sookie has until the next full moon to find out who's behind the attacks - unless the killer decides to find her first.

For the first half of the book, the fifth installment of the Sookie Stackhouse series, Dead as a Doornail, made me really wonder if the series itself was dead as a doornail. It started slow and sort of messy. It took me some time to get into this novel. Sad thoughts whirled through my head that it might be the end of my involvement with Sookie. Fortunately, in the second half, the book picked up, almost returning to the glory of its predecessors, almost, but not quite.

The series are becoming too soap-operish for my liking. I had already written in one of my reviews on the previous books in the series that number of accidents (near-death experiences) happens to Sookie is going off-scale. However, this installment excels all previous ones in this matter. Through the book I kept wondering how come with all these accidents Sookie is still didn’t become a favorite study case for the local shrink.

Dead as a Doornail is also the first book in the series that didn’t have any sexual escapades for the Sookie, even though this time it seemed as the whole male population of the Bon Temps and nearby cities was interested in her (it must be her unforgettable style and/or her good manners).

Dead as a Doornail is definitely not the best book I’ve ever read, neither it is any close to be the best in the series. However, it still was hilarious at times and kept me entertained though at least a half of it. I’m most certainly willing to try my luck with the next one - the sixth book - Definitely Dead.


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