Southern Vampire Mysteries #9: Dead And Gone

Charlaine Harris
Visit our Sookie Stackhouse series feature page. Now an HBO original series, True Blood-the New York Times bestselling Sookie Stackhouse series continues. 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.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2022-01-12

Honestly this is a 2.5 star kind of book. The crazy action, awkward sex scenes, and soap opera melodrama are back. The supernatural world is making choices and starting to suffer the consequences of those decisions. If you liked the other entries, you’ll like this addition. 

However, many of the details we learn about characters and the world are done in a glancing blow. Some of that is Sookie's (by this point expected) selfishness, yet I can't help but think at others the author wanted to include buzzwords like homophobia, FBI handlers, or hate crimes without having a deep discussion or heavy tone. These ideas are darker than pirate assassins and insomnia and I wish they were given enough gravitas to at least feel real. 

Further by this point in the series, I had learned that several things I wanted were not going to happen. That’s okay, it’s not my work. Charlaine Harris can have her characters do whatever she wants in her fantasy world. Still it doesn’t stop me from grumbling about how I feel a character was underutilized or that Bill didn’t deserve a redemption arc after reading certain passages.

Reviewed: 2019-02-06
Reread Jan 2019
Changed rating from 4 stars to 3.
Reviewed: 2018-03-07
This was probably the darkest of the Sookie Stackhouse mysteries, but it was very good, nonetheless.
Reviewed: 2016-01-16
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.
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