Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris

Synopsis: Now it’s the turn of the weres and shifters to follow the lead of the undead and reveal their existence to the ordinary world. Sookie Stackhouse already knows about them, of course – her brother turns into a panther at the full moon, she’s friend to the local Were pack and Sam, her boss at Merlotte’s bar, is a shifter. At first the great Were revelation seems to go well – then the horribly mutilated body of a were-panther is found outside Merlotte’s. Though Sookie never cared that much for the victim, no one deserves such a horrible death, so she agrees to use her telepathic talent to track down the murderer. But what Sookie doesn’t realise is that there is a far greater danger than this killer threatening Bon Temps: a race of unhuman beings, older, more powerful and far more secretive than the vampires or the werewolves is preparing for war . . .

The last few books have been very transitional in the Sookieverse – they are becoming darker for sure, and I get the feeling their are changes in store for Sookie as she grows as a person.

Thoroughly attached to Sookie as I am I find it easy to empathise with her, and as such this book in particular was an emotional roller coaster especially towards the end. That said I did feel the author is perhaps growing a little tired of the characters – it was a slight impression towards the end, a stark sign of desperation as she attempts to change some elements maybe distateful for her. It is as though her feelings for the sookieverse are seeping through to her writing.

I still enjoyed it – being as enjoyable and engaging as the others in the series. If I were to be truly honest, and I realise this is likely to open me up for serious criticism from Harris fans, I still prefer to the path True Blood is taking and I am looking forward to their intended storylines more than the next editions of this series.