Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris

Genre: Mystery / Vampire / Romance
Series: #9 in the Sookie Stackhouse series
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 289
Challenges: Sookie Stackhouse Reading Challenge #9
Source: Purchased New

The Short Version:
When the Weres go public it causes a wide range of reactions among the humans who are still dealing with the Vampires going public and becoming part of society and at the same time Sookie finds herself in the middle of a Fairy war.

Why I Read It:
It’s the next in a series that I’m having fun with and I was determined to get through book 9 by the end of June in order to complete the challenge.

The Book
With any series it’s difficult to discuss plot without giving spoilers to the earlier books so if you haven’t read the others yet, skip down to My Thoughts.

When the Weres go public it results in a variety of reactions among the humans who didn’t know of their existence. Some take it in stride because with the Vampires now public, another type of supernatural creature is less of a shock. For others it’s a deep betrayal when they find out that friends and possibly family members have been hiding their true natures for years. Still others see it as yet another species of creatures that humans must destroy.

While Sookie is happy that the true nature of some of her friends is now public, she also has her hands full when Sam’s stepfather isn’t too thrilled to find out his wife is a shapeshifter and shoots her. With Sam out of town dealing with family issues, Sookie is temporarily in charge of the bar and still fending off the feds who seem to be trying to figure out what it is about her that’s different and can they use it?

When the body of a were-panther Sookie knows is found in front of Merlotte’s, the local cops and the feds are on the case, but that doesn’t stop Sookie from asking her own questions.

At the same time she finds herself caught up in the middle of a long standing conflict among the fairies that’s close to becoming an all out war.

My Thoughts:
This one felt like a return to the fun I expect from this series after the letdown of the previous book. While From Dead to Worse felt like three or four mixed up short stories, this one just simply has a whole lot going on. Lots of storylines, lots of death and torture, lots of supernatural creatures, lots of vampire, Were, fairy and human political maneuverings. Bon Temps appears to have very few truly human inhabitants.

But Bubba is still around – yay!

I normally don’t read series books this close together and that’s probably affecting my reactions to these past few in the series. They’re still a ton of fun and I don’t plan to abandon the series, but now that I’ve completed the challenge, I’m going to let the series rest a while before picking up the recently released tenth book.

Rating 3/5