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2023 Book Review: Dead as a Doornail

by Charlaine Harris

A Paranormal Romance, 2005 by Ace Books, 295 Pages 

What I Didn’t Like:

  • I knew it would happen eventually, as it often does with popular series, but this one has become repetitive and a bit flat. The story felt very similar to the previous two. What started off great has become sort of formulaic at this point. 
  • This book is under 300 pages. This can also be considered a good thing (more on that in a second) but what it really means is that this could have been combined with the previous book, cut out some of the stuff reminding us of what happened, and been one hefty book that felt detailed and better. Instead, this feels like an incomplete continuance.
  • I wanted a bit more Jason. The teaser on the back seemed to focus on him, promising a change from the previous books that we simply did not get. Jason, as usual, is less than a backseat to this one. His storyline falls so far into the background you have to squint to find it among Sookie’s issues with her seemingly never-ending string of suitors. 

What I Did Like:

  • This comes in under 300 pages. That means it moves and reads fast. I can appreciate a book that gets to the point. 
  • The danger and intrigue are still captivating. You get wrapped up in the characters and the world easily. 
  • Again, the romance works. Sure it seems far-fetched that everyone loves Sookie but you find yourself choosing sides and rooting for your favorite (Tab surprised herself by being Team Eric early on and that hasn’t changed yet!)

Who Should Read This One:

  • Paranormal romance fans, this series is fun. You’ll love the characters (but start with book 1).

My Rating: 3 Stars

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