Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris (Southern Vampires 5)

Dead as a Doornail (Southern Vampires 5)
Rating: 3/5 – Very good, well worth a read
You might like this if you like: Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series; vampires; paranormal/supernatural

Sookie’s got just a month, before the next full moon, to find out who wants her brother dead – and to stop the fiend! Sookie Stackhouse enjoys her life, mostly. She’s a great cocktail waitress in a fun bar; she has a love life, albeit a bit complicated, and most people have come to terms with her telepathy. The problem is, Sookie wants a quiet life – but things just seem to happen to her and her friends. Now her brother Jason’s eyes are starting to change: he’s about to turn into a were-panther for the first time. She can deal with that, but her normal sisterly concern turns to cold fear when a sniper sets his deadly sights on the local changeling population. She afraid not just because Jason’s at risk, but because his new were-brethren suspect Jason may be the shooter. Sookie has until the next full moon to find out who’s behind the attacks – unless the killer decides to find her first.


The fifth installment of the Southern Vampire series actually deals more with the Shifter community than the vampires, although the vamps are still involved.

It was always going to be difficult to follow the previous book as it was so good (well, how could it now be when it focussed on Eric so much?), but Dead as a Doornail does a pretty good job of living up to its predecessors. There’s plenty of action, with Shifters getting shot left, right and centre. I worked out who the culprit was pretty early on (I just didn’t know why they were doing it). Fortunately, there was more than enough there to keep me interested long after I’d figured out who the “bad guys” were.

I wished there had been a little more of how Jason fared with his first “change” and the differences this was going to make in his life. Comparatively little was made of that aspect and I felt Harris kind of missed a trick there.

And you have to feel for Sookie – the poor woman never seems to get a break. Even her New Year Resolution is to “not get beaten up this year” and with the company she tends to keep, that’s something of a tall order!

Reviewed by Kell Smurthwaite

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