Book Review: Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse #11) by Charlaine Harris

Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, #11) Charlaine Harris- Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse #11)

 Format- Paperback

 Source- Review copy

 Publisher- Hachette

 Publication date- 2011

 Synopsis- With her knack for being in trouble’s way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte’s, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. Sookie suspects otherwise, but her attention is divided when she realizes that her lover Eric Northman and his “child” Pam are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, Sookie is drawn into the plot-which is much more complicated than she knows…

 Review- It’s been a year since I picked up a Sookie Stackhouse book, the last book being Dead in the Family (#10- see my review) which left me feeling quite underwhelmed. In Dead Reckoning there’s a bit more action and Sookie seemed to be a little more herself after the faery war in the last book. She’s living with her fae kin, Claude and Dermot and is trying to figure out whether they have an underlying motive for wanting to be near her. When she comes across an ancient cluvial dor, a magical fae stone left to her by her grandmother which will grant her one wish- she very wisely keeps this discovery to herself.

When there’s a firebomb at Sam’s bar, initially he thinks he is the target, but they soon realise that Sookie has another enemy, someone who wants her dead. There’s some trouble in paradise with Eric who she’s convinced is hiding something from her and we see a softer side to Pam who wants to turn her girlfriend into a vampire to save her from a terminal illness.

Amelia, Bill and Alcide make a brief appearance. Am I being too unrealistic to hope that perhaps Alcide and Sookie have a chance? I used to love Eric, but now he’s too controlling, overprotective and treats Sookie like a child. And she’s become quite dependent on him too so I was secretly happy when she broke her blood bond with him so she would have a little more independence. There are some sub-plots that are left open-ended, so I was happy to pick up the next book, Deadlocked (#12) right away and pick up where it left off.

I still love the Sookie series, she’s a great protagonist and I’m bound to have a laugh at her candidness in any of the books I pick up in the series. Although Dead Reckoning isn’t one of my favourites it was definitely an improvement on Dead in the Family which gives me hope for the rest of the series.

3.5/5 rating

Purchase book @

Fishpond/ Amazon/ Book Depository UK

More titles by Charlaine Harris :

Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1)

 Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse #12)Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse, #10)


  • I have Deadlocked here – I’ve had it for about 2+ wks and haven’t even bothered to read the blurb, which I guess is telling me something about how I feel about this series now :\ I also find it sort of weird that Dead Reckoning and Deadlocked have pretty much the same cover except for a slightly different way the blood (?) is spilled. I’m not sure why marketing would’ve decided to do that. It seems lazy, like they themselves don’t even care about making the books look unique and attractive. In fact when I saw Deadlocked in shops it took me a couple of times to notice that it was actually the new book, not just Dead Reckoning re-released.

    • I agree with you about the cover, Bree. I ordered Dead Reckoning online to read before Deadlocked and had to re-check a couple of times to make sure it wasn’t the same book. It is a quite boring cover and unfortunately it’s a different size and style to the rest of the series so it really stands out on my bookshelf… i like to have my series’ matching! But i looked inside the cover of Deadlocked and it has images of all the books in the series and they all have the spilt blood on them and each book seems to be a slightly different shade to the last so i imagine if you had the whole series in that edition then it would look pretty good on the bookshelf. But if like me you only have the last two in the yellow shades it does look almost like the same book.

  • I have Deadlocked too but haven’t gotten around to it. I know I will eventually though

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