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With her knack for being in trouble's way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. Sookie suspects otherwise, but her attention is divided when she realizes that her lover, Eric Northman, and his "child", Pam, are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, Sookie is drawn into the plot - which is much more complicated than she knows.

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  • anne
  • Phoenix, AZ, United States
  • 10-26-13

I liked it!

Would you listen to Dead Reckoning again? Why?

I would listen to this whole series again, .I have enjoyed it that much!

Who was your favorite character and why?

As always Sookie! :)

What about Johanna Parker’s performance did you like?

She is the perfect Sookie, she is very expressive, and eloquent..and enjoy her narration abilities, very much!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Eric really angers me in this book, and Dermot really touches my heart....this is a great addition to this series!

Any additional comments?

I have enjoyed this series very much, and am starting #12 now....2 thumbs up!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jennifer
  • Bronx, NY, United States
  • 07-24-12

Say what?

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The ending, left too many questions unanswered/resolved so it didn't feel like a complete story as a result.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Incomplete

Any additional comments?

Sookie just seems like a really weak minded female and it gets annoying. How can one be so conflicted with a circumstance she was OK with for years? She acts like everything is a surprise when its in line with everything she's experienced before.

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  • MW
  • san jose, ca
  • 11-08-11

Sigh, the story is going nowhere

This book is structured like many of the previous books with a U shaped plot, sookie starts out okay, has some tragic run in, gets saved, returns to a normalish life. However the book does not advance the plot of the overall series. Instead it's like a confusing episode of Lost where at the end you're wondering why you keep watching the series.

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  • Laura
  • Newark, DE, United States
  • 10-26-11

Not impressed

I've been reading the series and this book was a massive let down. I hope the series either picks up or just ends.

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  • Kaari
  • Auburn, WA, United States
  • 07-26-11

slow. somber. boring.

I've read all the books in this series and this one just wasn't that good. Yes it's very somber. The action feels like a retelling of previous books. Same with the romance.

The worst part, however, was the ending. It was so sudden that 3 minutes until the end of the book, I was concerned I must have not downloaded the entire audiobook and there must be another section. Nope... it just ended right there.

That said, if you're a fan of the books, I'd still read it. It's still good old Sookie and their are moments that are wonderful. I have to believe this book was just the preamble to a much "bigger" book both in length and content.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Thats it ???

So disappointed. . . . . . . how long til the other 1/2 of this book comes out?

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Snooze Fest

Wow, what a disappointment! Sookie fans waited a year for this? It seems like Charlaine Harris has lost her pizazz in the last two books. Is she too caught up in True Blood to focus on new installments to this series? If she can't do better than this, maybe it's time for her to call it "a day" and start something new!

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  • EDotGirl
  • Ellicott City, MD 21043
  • 06-17-11

Get over yourself, Sookie... Please!

I LOVE this series - My sis introduced it to me last Summer and I gobbled them up! But... I mean, we all know Sookie has been through a lot, but I"m so over the "Woe is me" attitude!! I want the spunk back! I like rooting for her - and when will she learn to keep a friend - Forgiveness is good, dear CH, and I think we all like Amelia - Just throwing it out there :) That being said, I was hugely entertained, and I want Sookie and Bill back together. I can't help it. And I can't wait for the next book!

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  • Courtney
  • Vero Beach, FL, United States
  • 06-05-11

Not up to the same quality we've grown used to

When this book was finished, and the narrator said "The End" I was stunned. Nothing was concluded, and the story was never developed. I kept thinking that eventually it would get to the incredible drama and passion we've become accustomed to by Charlaine Harris, but it just never happened. I'll always be a faithful fan, and I've never read an extensive series by any author that didn't have one bummer book in the series, so this is not a tragedy, it happens. However, I wish she would've delved deeper, and actually concluded the situations. There are so many unanswered questions at the end of the book, and it just didn't have that special thing that makes you unable to put it down. That being said, I'll still be buying the next book when it is released because overall, this is one of my favorite series of all time. :)

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Maybe if..........

The plot was a great and would have been excellent in my opinion, if it weren’t for the following: Eric’s unjust rough treatment of Sookie after the fight (he has always treated her with gentle affection( not sure what all that was about)); Sookie over reacting with the Amelia issue (I mean come on she thought she was doing what was best for Sookie (others have done worst )); Sookie not treating Eric the same way she treated Amelia after discovering his father’s arrangements and him not telling her immediately. Have I mentioned how amazing the narrator was? She was remarkable by the way. I could go on listening forever. Oh, and it is defiantly not worth more money than the previous books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful