From Dead to Worse – Charlaine Harris

Book eight in The Southern Vampire Mysteries and the action is showing no sign of letting up. This book begins with the settling of dust (some of it vampire) from the events at the vampire summit in the city of Rhodes. Naturally, Sookie got out alive, but some of her friends weren’t so lucky. To make things worse, her were-tiger boyfriend Quinn has gone missing.

Sookie does her best to get back to normal, going back to work at Merlotte’s, and so on. She’s still dealing with betrayal and grief, and just to make things worse, it looks like she’s going to be betrayed again, by someone she never thought would let her down in such a way.

Soon, though, Sookie is drawn back into supernatural life. As Friend to the Pack of the werewolves, and blood-bonded to Eric, Sookie can’t seem to get away from the supes. Plus, to confuse matters further, Sookie finds out some things about her past that send her reeling, but also help to make sense of a few things. How she deals with the knowledge is another matter, but one thing’s for sure… Sookie’s life isn’t going to quieten down any time soon.

This was another stand out book for me. Although there’s such a lot going on, the narrative remains consistently strong. None of the important characters are glossed over, so it’s easy to remember who’s who. Also, the book ends on a cliffhanger which opens up a whole new world of possibilities. I can’t wait to find out what happens next…

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