Synopsis: In this sixth installment, Sookie learns that her cousin Hadley has been murdered and left everything to her. Hadley was a vampire, and had a "relationship" with the vampire Queen of Louisiana that left her new husband, the vampire King of Mississippi a little jealous. In the midst of Sookie taking on the responsibility of packing up her cousin's apartment and figuring out who murdered her, she has also begun a new friendship and flirtation with a shifter named Quinn, but has recently found out devastating news about her relationship with Bill that has left Sookie feeling vulnerable and unsure of herself.
Review: While some reviewers found book six slow, I thought the story in book six introduced new characters and situations that are obviously going to set up books down the line. Because I'm not always into long, drawn-out mysteries, I actually enjoyed this novel for its straight-forward action and plot development. Yes, there were still mysterious actions going on in the story, but they are answered rather quickly, and only aid in propelling the story on a bit more.
On the whole, I liked the new characters and the direction the series has taken. The story has become even more paranormal than it was before (if possible), and it should be interesting to see where it goes. I can't say that the writing is sparkling (no vampire pun intended), but the story telling is interesting and holds a twist of comedy and drama that feels strange for this type of novel. It's hard not to care about Sookie and her life. Really, I think that while Sookie's strange draw to every man she associates with can be a bit annoying, that you do grow to want to see her safe and happy!
If you've been reading this series and already read this installment, did you like the new characters and direction of the series, or did you find it jarring?
*FTC Disclosure: This review was based on a personal electronic copy of the novel.
This book counts as my 5th in the E-Book Reader Challenge. One more, and I'll have another challenge in the bag!