Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series #10)

Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series #10)

by Charlaine Harris

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Overview

In the tenth novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, Sookie Stackhouse learns that not even her psychic abilities can help her solve all the problems in Bon Temps, Louisiana...

After enduring torture and the loss of loved ones during the brief but deadly Fae War, Sookie Stackhouse is hurt and she’s mad. Just about the only bright spot in her life is the love she thinks she feels for vampire Eric Northman. But he’s under scrutiny by the new vampire king because of their relationship. And as the political implications of the shifters’ coming-out are beginning to be felt, Sookie’s connection to one particular Were draws her into the dangerous debate. Also, unknown to her, though the doors to Faery have been closed, there are still some fae on the human side—and one of them is angry at Sookie. Very, very angry.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780441020157
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/29/2011
Series: Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire Series
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 64,850
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Charlaine Harris is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse and Midnight, Texas, fantasy/mystery series and the Aurora Teagarden, Harper Connelly, and Lily Bard mystery series. Her books have inspired HBO’s True Blood, NBC’s Midnight, Texas, and the Aurora Teagarden movies for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. She has lived in the South her entire life.

Hometown:

Southern Arkansas

Date of Birth:

November 25, 1951

Place of Birth:

Tunica, Mississippi

Education:

B.A. in English and Communication Arts, Rhodes, 1973

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tana928 More than 1 year ago
Isn't there a way for B&N to set up the review system to not accept reviews until the book is actually released? Every review up until this point is worthless. Some people give low ratings because they can't download it yet or the book isn't available yet. That just skews the whole rating system and makes it of no use whatsoever :(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Normally I do not respond to this kind of a thread, but I was getting frustrated reading some of the other posts. So here goes: Barnes and Noble allows early reviews because there is a number of readers out there with ARCs, or Advance Reader Copies of the books. This is mostly for the purpose of creating a buzz about a book before it is released to the mass market. I wish I could get hold of more of them myself, but that is beside the point. Instead of putting the blame on BN, politely ask the readers not to post any reviews of books they haven't read. That way, those of us more curious about the books can get accurate information from someone who actually have an early copy of it. There are plenty of other places and forums online where readers can vent and discuss books to their heart's content. This may not be the best place to do so. At least, that is not what I'm looking for on this website. Give me a good review that is not too opinionated (or speculative) or with an agenda.
caduceusperserve More than 1 year ago
I love Charlaine Harris. I have read and loved all of her Sookie Stackhouse books. This book disappointed me. SPOILER ALERT*********************** 1.The story has no arc,no clear build up of anticipation. It was like cruising in a car enjoying the sites. 2.The beginning of the book leads you to believe that it is about having a showdown with Victor. That story is barely touched upon and we see Sookie wanting to plot on how to kill him but is impotent to do anything about it. 3. The chemistry between Sookie and Eric is gone. They use to burn up the pages but now they barely simmer. 4. Eric, who always came across as the uber male bad a*# is weak and ambiguous in this book. A flimsy excuse for it is because his maker is in town and he is conflicted on how to handle him. Sookie wants him dead of course. 5. Sookie's character development is disturbing. She has definitely changed. She has lost her innocence but not the faith she has in herself. She was raped and tortured in the last book and that would change anyone. Her attitude is reminiscent of Beatrice Kiddo in "Kill Bill". She wants revenge and death on anyone who has harmed her or her loved ones. Her personality is becoming closer to that of a vampire and I hope she will not choose to loose her humanity in subsequent books. 6. I feel this book was for the fans because alot of little story lines from the past got wrapped up,(Bill gets reacquainted with his family). The story would be confusing to newcomers and I don't think they would appreciate obscure references. On a positive note I liked the subplot with the werewolves and I wish that would have been more developed. Sookie acted as a shaman to Alcide's pack and that was a very cool scene. I hope this book was just a bump in the road for Mrs Harris because she still remains my favorite author.
Abbyloudaisy More than 1 year ago
I started reading the Sookie Stackhouse series after picking up "Dead after Dark" in B&N out of curiosity. I was immediately impressed with the social commentary, witty repartee, development of the character's relationships. The books have provided an example of isolationism through the vamps, weres, and other supes interaction with the rest of the world... that correlates with societal outcasts, downtrodden, and historical minorities. It challenges the reader to examine their own feelings on larger issues while enjoying the banter between the characters and general levity of Sookie's interpretation of the folks in Bon Temps. "Dead in the Family" is lacking. It feels like "filler"... like a place holder for other books to come. The characters were not true to their already established personas. Eric was weak and small. Scenes with Eric... typically he is omnipresent. I know that part of the plot was Eric's struggle with inadequacy and subserviance, but he never redeemed himself. The conflict between Eric's and Sookie's feelings for each other and whether it was a result of the bond or authentic feelings was contrived and never well-fleshed out. Bill's declaration of love and how this affected Sookie and her inner conflict between her love for the vampires that was left hanging at the end of book 8 wasn't addressed. She was not committed to her statement that bill was "just a friend" when talking to Lorena's other child. Dermot was let off the hook too easily. All in all... the plot was far to simplistic compared to the brilliance of previous books in the series. I am too committed to the series at this point to give up hope... but I am anxious to get back to the bad a*s, strong woman of a character we have come to love and admire in Sookie Stackhouse in the next installment.
webbd More than 1 year ago
As an avid reader of the Sookie Stackhouse series, I was very disappointed by this last installment. There are too many small subplots and within the last couple of pages Harris attempts to bring it all together. Characters did not live up to standards, ie. Bill especially. I would hope that Harris can revive this story with something more wound together and coherent. It's a paperback must.
Jimini4388 More than 1 year ago
I read the first nine books of this series back to back to back and loved them all! Every book was a new adventure I couldn't put down. I literally had nights in bed reading where I stayed up til two hours before my alarm was set because I had to know what happened next. I had to wait a while between #9 and this one, so I was super excited when it came in. I was let down. I still love the series and if #11 comes out I will buy it, but this seemed to be filler. There wasn't a huge event that seemed earth shattering. It was just so anti-climatic. It actually made me wonder if Charlaine Harris ran out of adventure ideas and just had to put out something to make a publishing contract deadline. I am still a fan. I just hope the next one is back to what I've come to love and expect from Sookie Stackhouse.
Chris_CH More than 1 year ago
I don't pick up the Sookie books expecting to be intellectually stimulated. I like them because they are a fun and entertaining easy read. This book wasn't terrible, it just wasn't good. Nothing profound happened. The book just kind of went along, addressing some of the events in the prior book. Sookie is bitter from the last books events. This leaves her with a poor attitude and Eric seems almost whiny. All the characters become less likeable. The story was also choppy, it seemed like she was trying to cram lots of random, unexciting events in this book to keep her options open for the next book. Usually I have a hard time putting a book down; this one I did not. If you really like the Sookie books it's worth a read but I wouldn't get too excited about it. Hopefully the next one will be better.
hamden88 More than 1 year ago
As a reader who has read all the books in the Sookie Stackhouse series, this new book rates only a 3 star for me. The plot lines feel like a start of something new but author Charlaine Harris did not seem to close any of the new story lines at the end of the book, with one exception. Therefore, the book feels contrived and unfulfilled. Character development wise, the back story of Eric's maker could be fleshed out more. Eric appears out of his usual character of being a decisive boss and becomes clingy and uncertain as he keeps on asking Sookie if she loves him. It may be that Ms. Harris is doing this on purpose to lay the story line for her next book. I guess we will have to wait to find out.
sifu-hotman More than 1 year ago
I don't understand why Charlaine didn't create a proper plot for this book. and a few of the others in this series. Was it the amount of pages it would take? Couldn't she have cut out things that were less important? This book is only best read if you're reading all ten one right after the other, if you've been waiting for a year and expecting a great progress with the characters you'll be let down. Nothing is resolved, Bill is barely in this, there's very little about Sookie's and Eric's relationship. I was disappointed, and I don't think I'll be reading the next book as soon as it comes out. I think I'll take my own advice and only read them all once the series is over, so these small stories won't piss me off as much.
HannahRose More than 1 year ago
After waiting a full year for this book i have read the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, The Rachel Morgan series, The Night Huntress series, and many more that werent as good but still worthy. Therefore, after waiting so long and reading many amazing novels i just could NOT get back into the -southern/true blood/eric is the hottest ever- feeling that i used to get back when i first started reading these books. Truth be told, the writing style is... mediocre compared to many i like and am used to, and there was a lack in plot. While i read i felt like i was reading to just get the book done and over with and to see if Sookie is with Bill or Eric, but at the same time i really didnt care. Basically, the first few pages told me everything i wanted to know so i just... closed the book. To many, this series is dragging on and on and needs to end already and the characters that led me to fall for this series have become a bit boring and have changed. Maybe one day ill pick the book back up again, but after reading the reviews for this book i probably will not do so.
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. The characters are well developed. The story fantastic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have devoured the books of the Stackhouse series and this book was such a disappointment. It seemed forced and contrived....a book forcibly created by the author under pressure from the publisher/fans. I would have waited another year for a better story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I want to know who this woman has for an editor. (Not the name, but the person/people behind it.) There have been glaring editing mistakes in prior books- Debbie starts out as a lynx, Clancy is killed by witches, etc.- but in terms of an editor dropping the ball, this one takes the cake. This latest installment does a giant belly-flop into a sea of Mississippi mud. Eric immasculated, Bill living happily ever after with a completely random character who seems introduced merely for convenience, a formidable enemy returning as a babbling lunatic- the horror can't end soon enough. There is no DEPTH to any of this! It reads like a high school student's attempt to take Harris' characters and make a spin-off of their own. A book like this one would never get put into print if it wasn't for the author's reputation, which will hopefully survive this debaucle. If the next book continues in a similar style, I'm done reading this author for good. Hopefully she's getting enough royalties from HBO to make up for this disaster. Come on Ms. Harris, step up to the plate with the next one or forfeit the game.
LuvIvorys More than 1 year ago
I've not written reviews before, but basically, this book was not my favorite in the series. I don't know - maybe this was just a closure for the last book, but many questions are not answered (e.g. Victor Madden, King Felippe) and this was pretty tame insofar as plots in this series. Sookie seems lonelier in this book than any other and nobody really comforts her, friends, boyfriend or family. I was disappointed in this book - the first book I have been in any of Ms. Harris's series ( I've read them all. ) Maybe she is too busy working on the Tru Blood series screenplays ?!? This was a poor cousin of the series. I hope Ms. Harris doesn't go the way of Laurel K. Hamilton... little substance trading for big profit. In my recommended books (below) I've included a few of my favorite authors, but this is by no means a complete list - these books are just the start of each of these series I've read, but not all of the series I've read. One of my favorite is the Bitten & Smitten series - funny and a new take on vamps! I laughed all the way thru this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So I was completely and utterly obsessed with this series. I found it almost exactly a year ago (before the true blood fiasco) after trying to ween myself off of the twilight books. Yes, the obsession all started with twilight and I don't miss those books one bit. Eric had me hooked. He was stong, assertive, sexy, masculine, and dangerous. Bill had me ticked off but he was one of those annoying people that I couldn't live without... like I'd miss his attempts to show his love for Sookie. Alcide, Quinn, and the drama and exitement all had me... BUT... this book completely threw me. I wasn't sure if it was because I've read 12 of the Anita Blake novels so I expect romance and excitement, or because this book was really that bad. I called a friend who hasn't read anything but the Sookie series over and over again and to my suprise she agreed with me! Eric was a big softie, the plot was all over the place, and there was a complete lack of connection with ANY of the characters. I felt empty. We are in the same place that we started and we've gained nothing. I feel like I could have completely skipped reading this book, and gone on to the next and missed nothing for there is nothing to be gained by reading this. I read the entire book in a few hours and I just felt empty. I'm not sure if the whole True Blood movement diverted the authors attention from the original story or what but this book did nothing for me. If the next book is like this then I'm done with the series. Let's just hope Charlaine can find her way back to the passion and excitement.
PrettyWoman More than 1 year ago
This book was hardly worth buying. I am a huge fan of this whole series and was looking forward to finally getting a book with more of Sookie and Eric. I wish I could return my ebook. The story was very slow and nothing even happened until the last 30 pages. Plus, in this book Eric was so whiny and needy! Yikes, not a keeper for me!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was okay, but not what I expected. I was left wanting more on Bill, wanting to hear more about Victor (maybe a little more action). Sookie didn't use her ability that much, which was a little disappointing too. I'm waiting so see when the next book coming out to fill this yearning I am left with.
SassaFrass2044 More than 1 year ago
There are a lot of negative reviews for DITF. I thought the book was pretty good and progressed at a natural rate. I mean....where are you going to go after 'Dead and Gone'? Is Sookie just going to get up the next morning refreshed to fight more supernatural beings??? I think the series has pushed "fiction" to its limit already (but it's such great fiction isn't it?) Anyway, I thought Dead & Gone was slightly darker since the heroine was tortured and had to suffer. The 10th installment was a great follow-up to her healing process and growth. It seemed as though Charlaine Harris wanted to bring the series to a close. However we still have the were/shifter congressional bill out, Victor the mean lieutinent looming, Bill's vampire sister/possible lover relationship to explain, Amelia possibly witchcrafting Sookie's blood bond away, Maybe little Hunter's on the rise??? - all of these are unanswered. I think the fae world plot has concluded somewhat. Bill's relationship with his vamp sister was......quite a quick summation. It didn't leave me worrying about him though....so it was satisfying enough. Even though I was secretly hoping Bill & Sookie would reunite. But what would then happen to Eric??? Lastly, there was the fact that Sookie began to think about being a vampire....and if she could actually do it. So, I can retire the series with DITF....but I think there may be more to come. All in all, I can appreciate Charlaine Harris' creative thought and plots (regardless of it being a filler or not). I think she recovered nicely from Dead & Gone and gave a different dimension to Sookie, Eric, Claude, Jason & Pam. After nine books of nothing but impossible superhuman fiction....her non super human side was appreciated. Bravo!
NickMagick More than 1 year ago
The book had several really great plotlines, however Charlaine Harris only briefly touched on each one before moving on. As a result of the lack of "meat" for each plotline, the resolution at the end of the novel seemed very anticlimactic. I found myself feeling cheated by the time I reached the end of the book. While readers of the series are more than aware that Sookie is a huge sunbather, I fail to see why it is so important to mention the fact in practically every book. I do not feel that the sunbathing scenes are necessary. I believe that Harris' time could have been better spent on the plotlines she did not fully develop. I was also very disappointed in Eric's character. I felt that it while it was expected for him to act a little out of character given the circumstances, Harris took Eric's character to the extreme opposite of his usual personality. Eric came off as weak. It is a complete disappointment to have to say that I thought BILL showed greater character in this book. That being said, it is not to say that the entire book was a disaster. One thing that I particularly liked in this book was getting to see Sookie interact with several characters that she's not normally seen with. I liked getting a greater perspective of those characters. I liked seeing Claude, Pam, Hunter, Jason, and Tara in this book. I also liked Kennedy and Danny in this book but would have rather the plots have been "beefed up" and the scenes with Kennedy and Danny had been fewer. Read the book, but don't expect a lot of it.
Lover_of_Reading More than 1 year ago
I really have loved all Charlaine Harris' books and I've read all of them, but this one was just a bunch of stories tied together with no overall plot line, no climax or conclusion. In fact, all we got was rising action. It wasn't even a cliffhanger. I think the publishers are at least partly to blame with their write on demand publishing. Not every writer is going to be able to write a new book for a series every twelve months and Ms. Harris has written a new one for two of her series for at least the last two years. I think this proving to be recipe for disaster.
ILgirl82 More than 1 year ago
I am in LOVE with the sookie books and i've been dying for book 10 to come out. I was soo excited when it finally arrived that i read it in 7 hours! Let me just say this was not the best book in the series. I found it almost boring! It seemed like a whole bunch of stuff was going on but none of it really got resolved. Eric has been after sookie since book one and now that there actually together they don't really act like a couple =( Where is the romance? I was just bummed to wait for so long and be so disappointed. I REALLY hope the next books are better and come out SOONER!! because Ms. Charlaine Harris is a hell of a writer normally. = )
ABlazevich More than 1 year ago
Not a bad book, but definitely the worst of the series. I am a huge fan of the other books, but this one seemed incomplete. The main plot was hardly meaty enough for a subplot, but the Sookie universe keeps me wanting more. Hopefully the next book(s) make up for this slow disaster.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read all of Harris' books and I was sorely disappointed with this one. It didn't move the story forward in any way and just seemed to be a filler; I'm sure she is under tremendous pressure to release new books to please her rabid fans (and I include myself in that group), but I would gladly wait for a decent book that actually progressed the story and characters. Hopefuly, if there is a next book, this will happen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not only does this book seem short in comparison to the other Sookie books, the plot seems to have little going on in the way of mystery or intrigue. It's more of a "then this happened" and "then this happened" and "the we defeated this guy" and "then we figured out this minor thing" and the end. A series of random events that all worked themselves out in a few sentences. Literally. "He's under a spell...how do we break it?...I heard you do this...and it worked!" I was waiting for the exciting part the whole time and it never came. I was pretty disappointed. It answered all the unanswered questions from the previous book and introduced a couple new characters that didn't seem all that important and then it was done.
lesnes More than 1 year ago
First of this is my first review.Where to start?Wow this book could of been way better than this.It felt rushed,basically it felt like a filler.It did not feel as if she wrote it herself.I was not feeling the characters what so ever.I waited so long for this book....what a big let down.But hey you be the judge of it.I would not recommend this book at all.