I have to say that the plots are becoming predictable. That's not to say that they're not exciting because they are. It's just that you can almost predict who will be the perpetrator by the first few chapters. I had this one pegged. Of course, it didn't have me put down the book. I still find the Southern Vampire Mysteries very fun, very exciting, and very much worth my time to read. I still love them, yes. If you are looking for a shocking twist at the end, you're not going to find it here because the formula is predictable. I am also a bit disappointed in the turn that Sookie's friendship with Alcide took. I don't think it's too much that the two of them could remain friends and get over their little crush from book three. Instead, the two of them are getting to the point where they can scant stand each the company of each other. I mean, Sookie can have a friend she's not making out with... right?
You can bet as soon as I can, I am going to pick up book six.
The story idea as a whole is good, however, the pieces that put it all together are definitely flawed.
On the whole, the book is a mediocre read. I'd say easy, but once again the author is horrible at keeping a story together. There tends to be a lot of gaps, like the story is being told by someone with ADD, and it leaves a reader flipping back pages to see if they might have missed a detail here or there. (don't worry, you probably didn't) In truth, I think the author figures out that we're supposed to be telepaths as well and know what Sookie is referring to at times.
And, until these books, I've never realized just how distracting a lot of misplaced and unnecessary commas can be... Does anyone proof read this stuff? Maybe someone should get the editor a calendar that shows them grammatical correctness every day.
I'm also really hoping that I'm not the only one to find the werewolf challenge an eye-roller. I'll never be able to watch another dog agility show on TV again without being reminded of that. It was just too ridiculous for words.
A person should be able to figure out quite early who the sniper is because the writer's technique throughout her books has a definite pattern. By the time the unveiling was done I found the confession to be pretty lame.
I've one more to go of the books that I have bought in this series, but I'm pretty sure I won't be wasting any money on buying them new again.
Didn't care for this book because Charlaine Harris irritated me at the beginning when she:
1.Introduces a one eyed vampire pirate then on page 29, "he rolled his eyeS up..."
2. and then page 43 two new characters have looked for Sookie out at her house and then on the next page she gives them directions to her house.
Obviously her editor isn't paying attention to these irritating either.
Otherwise, I do like not having any idea where the story is going, so I have Harris 2 stars for unpredictability...but I only read these books, marking time until I can get my hands on a new Hamilton or Butcher book, which when finished makes me sad, verses these Sookie books: OK.