From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris (Southern Vampires 8 )
You might like this if you like: Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series; vampires; paranormal/supernatural
The supernatural community in Bon Temps, Louisiana is reeling from two hard blows: the natural disaster of Hurricane Katrina, and the manmade horror of the explosion at the vampire summit in the up-north city of Rhodes. Sookie Stackhouse is safe but dazed, and she’s yearning for things to get back to normal. But that’s just not happening. Too many vampires – some friends, some not – were killed or injured, and her were-tiger boyfriend Quinn is among the missing. It’s clear that things are changing, whether the weres and vamps like it or not. And Sookie, Friend to the Pack, blood-bonded to the leader of the local vampire community, is caught up in those changes. She’s about to find herself facing danger and death and, not for the first time, betrayal by someone she loves. And when the fur has finished flying and the cold blood has stopped flowing, Sookie’s world will be forever altered . . .
Harris is firmly back on track with the eighth installment of the Southern Vampires series!
Again, there is a LOT happening and Sookie must feel like she’s living in the middle of a whirlwind, with all-out wars in both the Vampire and Were communities and her treading a fine line in between by trying to help her friends, much as she may hate being dragged into the fray once more!
For me, the Quin storyline was the lesser of the plot points – I was far more interested in what was happening elsewhere – so his being out of the action for most of the book was fine from my point of view. I enjoyed the addition of Amelia to Sookie’s life as she adds a much-needed understanding friend who never judges and always supports.
There were several elements that I predicted ahead of time, but this didn’t detract from my enjoyment at all, rather it gave me a little mental “high five” what was very gratifying when I discovered I was right.
And although I’m not going to give anything away from the end, I just wanted to say, “I knew it!” and wear a big grin, because I think that could lead to a spectacular story arc!