Ashley’s CBR III Review #63: Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

CBR III Review #63: Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

I use truly enjoy the Southern Vampire Mystery series by Harris but the last three books have felt a bit more like a chore than the earlier ones.  I honestly think she has grown tired of writing the series but because of the HBO series they have turned into a serious money maker.

Dead Reckoning starts with Merlotte’s being fire bombed and Sookie, Eric, and Pam plotting to kill the vampire that is in charge of Eric’s area.  Dead Reckoning also focuses a lot on the fairy plot points of the series, and I’ve found those to be the weakest story lines.   

Dead Reckoning jumps from story to story line a lot which also makes this book in the series feel more disjointed then normal.  In one book we have the fairy family moving in and plotting something, there is a fire bombing, a baby shower, crazy hired assassins, a handful of new characters, attic cleaning, visiting kindergartens, and about 8 other small plots through out the novel. There also appears to be a few continuity problems with the story lines which makes the book slightly confusing.  I’d have to go back and compare the novels but the fairy plot line doesn’t seem like it adds up correctly.

I’m not sure if I am going to purchase the next book in the series or not.  I really want to see how the whole series ends, but until she declares a definite ending I may decide to take a break from Charlaine Harris for a bit.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Hardcover; First Edition edition (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441020313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441020317
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.8 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (507 customer reviews)


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3 responses to “Ashley’s CBR III Review #63: Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

  1. yeah it’s definitely getting rough. And I feel like some of her human companions used to anchor it a little and they seem to be totally gone. She just has too much going on in her storylines, and she left a good number of them hanging. For instance…


    The whole Sandra Pelt trying to kill her thing could have easily been put in the next book, but instead it got a mention, ignored for most of the book, then got a hasty 10 page ending that felt tacked on.

    End Spoiler

    I really like Sookie, Eric, Pam and Amelia so I keep coming back for them, but she needs to focus her plots.

  2. Maybe a Spoiler

    I think the end game is to get Sookie together with Sam, so she needs to extract her from the Eric relationship and in doing so she created some bizarre conflicts.

  3. oooh I never thought of that. I love Alcide, I totally want her to end up with him.

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