Dead in the Family – Charlaine Harris

Sookie’s back in Dead in the Family. Still recovering from **spoiler alert** her abduction and torture at the hands of the fairies in the last book, Sookie desperately wants some peace and quiet. Naturally, she’s not going to get it. Her fairy cousin Claude turns up at her house wanting a place to stay, then her late cousin Hadley’s ex brings their young son, Hunter, to stay with Sookie for a couple of days. Hunter, as we discovered in a previous book, shares Sookie’s gift of telepathy. His father is struggling to deal with it, and people are starting to notice. So Sookie is drafted in to teach Hunter how to deal with his gift and learn why he shouldn’t tell people about it.

Adding insult to injury is the appearance of Eric’s sire. Eric’s sire starts taking up a great deal of his time, leaving Sookie to deal with many of her problems alone. But good old Sookie, bless her, still finds the time to track down another vampire sired by Bill’s Maker, Lorena. She alone can help cure Bill of the silver poisoning from which he still suffers following his attack in the previous novel.

Sookie certainly has a lot of balls in the air in this book. Despite this, it’s a little more relaxed than some of the others in the series, but I think it was what the series needed. We know by now that Sookie isn’t entirely human, but still, people can only cope with so much in their lifetime and Sookie is dealing with it constantly in The Southern Vampire Mysteries. So although Sookie is having a slightly less traumatic time than normal, her life is still far from boring.

Book ten is fab. I whizzed through it in no time at all. I love the Hunter storyline – it’s nice for Sookie to have someone around that’s like her. Also amusing is the way Eric has to bow and scrape to his master – after watching the vampire ride rough-shod over people and vamps alike for so long, it’s fun to see a different side to him. Another great addition to the series, and I’m still ready for more!

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