My Thoughts on 'Dead And Gone'...
I just didn?t like this book. For me, it was missing something that the other books in the series have. It wasn?t a good fun magical mystery. It read to me like Charlaine Harris was forced to write another Sookie book without a creative desire behind it. It started out great and with a lot of potential, and the ending was satisfying.
The Weres have decided that it?s time for them to come out of hiding too, after watching how the humans handled the vampires? Great Revelation. There?s a breaking news report on TV, and the Weres change into their animal and back again to their human shape, in front of humans. But Sookie wanders why Jason and his new friend Mel didn?t join in the Great Reveal. Could it be because they can only partially transform into a panther, because they were bitten and not born Weres, or is it because of Calvin?s orders?
While Sam is away, Sookie looks after the bar, and finds Jason?s pregnant ex-wife Crystal crucified in the employee parking lot. What a way to start! Who could have done something so cruel, hateful, and inhumane? The local members of the Fellowship of the Sun or someone with something more personal to resolve are the primary suspects.
In order to protect Sookie, Eric tricks her for her own good. This is very good and very bad for Sookie. Bill Compton is still after Sookie?s love and affection, and her true feelings under her hatred towards him after what he did to her surfaces at the end of this book. In the meantime, Eric and Sookie?s bond and relationship flourishes, with some steamy sex too!
After finding out about her family?s supernatural heritage, Niall warns Sookie that her life is in grave danger. Things in the fairy world are in turmoil and war is brewing to the surface. Charlaine Harris gives us a small insight into the fairy hierarchy and the lives of those who are true blood fairies and not. After a very close near miss while in her garden weeding, Sookie realizes that she has favors to call in for protection, not only from the work she?s done for the vamps, but also from Alcide?s pack.
As if this wasn?t enough to scare her out of her mind, two FBI agents show up at her front door to continue their investigation on what it really and truly was that she and Barry did to find the survivors at the explosion of the vampire hotel. She sees in their minds that they know, but want her to confess that she is definitely telepathic.
Sookie is asked to find out who Crystal?s murderer is from Jason, but how can she do that, try not to run Merlotte?s into the ground, and keep herself safe from the fairies, before one or more groups have their way, and Sookie Stackhouse ends up ?Dead And Gone?.