Dead as a Doornail – Charlaine Harris

Dead as a Doornail is the fifth book in The Southern Vampire Mysteries. If you haven’t read the other four, then don’t continue reading this review because it will inevitably contain spoilers!

This novel begins dealing with the fall-out from the last one. Sookie’s brother, Jason, is about to turn into a were-panther for the first time after being turned against his will. Sookie, naturally, doesn’t have a problem with that as many of her friends and associates are supernatural beings. Jason’s condition isn’t general knowledge and the Stackhouses are dealing with it in their own way. After Jason’s first experience, Sookie relaxes because it seems that her brother has come to terms with what he is and is dealing with it.

Trouble is, there’s clearly someone out there who isn’t. A sniper has set his or her sights on the local shifter population, which puts a great deal of Sookie’s closest friends in danger. Naturally, Sookie wants to find the culprit to avoid anyone else getting hurt. Adding extra pressure is the fact that some of Jason’s were-brethren believe that he hasn’t come to terms with what has happened to him, and he is in fact the shooter, getting revenge. Sookie worries that Jason will be set upon and killed at the next full moon. So that gives her a few short weeks to find out who’s responsible. The clock’s ticking…

By the time you’ve got to this point in the series, I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you there’s no way you’ll be able to stop now. Despite the ‘mini-missions’ which seem to occur in each novel, the series as a whole has some storylines which are ongoing. The characters are so lovable that you just have to find out what happens next. Will they get a happy ending? Who knows… there’s a long way to go…

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