Dead in the Family
(This review doesn't spoil the mysteries in book 10, but it does include some plot summary and references to the previous books.) This book isn't going to change my life or improve my mind, but I could barely put it down. Healing, exhausted and jumpy from her ordeal with two evil fairies in book 9, Sookie tries to pick up the pieces of her life, but is, of course, drawn into more supernatural drama. Her cousin Claude moves in for some fae company, but may have an ulterior motive as well. Eric's maker shows up with an undead member of the Russian royal family. Bill is wasting away from the silver poisoning he suffered while rescuing Sookie in book 9. Sam is seeing a super aggressive werewolf. And Victor, Eric's new supervisor, has got to go. To top it all off, the gateways to the fae world are supposed to be closed for good, so why do the werewolves smell a strange new fairy on Sookie's land? Oh, and a body. There's a mystery body buried on Sookie's land as well, and it's not Debbie Pelt. I was intrigued to see how Harris would handle Sookie after the culminating events in book 9. Up until now, Sookie has been able to bounce back from injury and adversity fairly quickly, but taking part in the short but deadly fae war seems to have changed her for good, as it well should have. Harris really ups the ridiculousness ante with this book. Did I mention the Russian royalty? Yeah, I'm not kidding about that. We also see death at every turn, fairy spells, psychedelic werewolf drugs, a Shaman shortage, and the trials of raising a telepathic child. Sookie is the thread that ties all of the ridiculousness together, and makes it just believable enough to be totally addictive and thoroughly entertaining.