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Review: Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris

Dead as a Doornail (Sookie Stackhouse, #5) My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This isn’t a full review, but does cover my main thoughts on the 5th Sookie Stackhouse book.


When Sookie’s brother Jason’s eyes start to change, she knows he’s about to turn into a were-panther for the first time. But her concern becomes cold fear when a sniper sets his deadly sights on the local changeling population-and Jason’s new panther brethren suspect he may be the shooter. Now, Sookie has until the next full moon to find out who’s behind the attacks, unless the killer decides to find her first.

This is very clearly my least favorite Sookie book so far. The number of men drooling over Sookie has gotten ridiculous, particularly since she returns the interest of most of them. Pick any two of them, and it would be fine. I might even be able to stomach a third. But

  • Bill (vampire #1)
  • Eric (vampire #2)
  • Sam (shape changer)
  • Alcide (werewolf)
  • Calvin (werepanther)
  • Quinn (weretiger)

(and I feel like I’m forgetting one!) is just way too many.

Sookie StackhouseI’ll read the next one because (other than her extensive taste in men) I still like Sookie. I’m interested in what happens with Jason, and I did find the whole shapeshifter storyline in Dead as a Doornail interesting, but it was overshadowed by Sookie’s romantic possibilities.

I read Dead as a Doornail for the Sookie Stackhouse Reading Challenge.  This is book 5 of 9, with an end of year challenge deadline.

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Posted by on November 7, 2009 in books, challenge, reviews


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