Series: Sookie Stackhouse
Author: Charlaine Harris
Published: 6th May , 2006
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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Club Dead is the third book in the Sookie Stackhouse series, this one introduces werewolves. Properly. They were mentioned in Living Dead in Dallas but we didn’t really get to learn anything about them.
Bill has been assigned a top secret mission for the Queen of Louisiana, to Sookie’s disappointment he can’t tell her anything about it. In fact he even lies to her about where he’s been sent for it. While on this mission he disappears in the territory of the King of Mississippi. Eric need’s Sookie’s help to find Bill as Eric can’t roam freely in Mississippi without letting the King know, and that could cause war between the two ‘Kingdoms’. So Sookie heads off to Jackson with a werewolf named Alcide, who owes Eric a favour.
I have to be honest that this book took quite a while to start I feel. To me the beginning was a tad boring, Sookie moped around the whole time and nothing much else happened. I got tired of hearing how much she missed Bill even though she was upset and angry at him. To be honest I would have been just as pissed, Bill up and left telling her barely anything then he lied to her along the way. I get it was a secret mission but if he really cared for Sookie he wouldn’t have been so distant about it all.
In my review for Living Dead in Dallas I said I was on the Eric bandwagon. Yeahh, Club Dead has put me on the Alcide band wagon. Seriously, such a sexy, well mannered man! How I wish I knew such a man… As soon as Alcide entered the scene the book picked up and I started to really enjoy it. The tension between him and Sookie was so thick you could cut it with a knife. I actually liked that they both new this, it didn’t make things awkward, it made things a whole lot more interesting. I wanted them to get together! Scandal.
I liked Bill even less in this book. Well, he was hardly in this book because of his disappearance but I am astonished at the way he acted. I’m annoyed that Sookie wasn’t angrier about it. ‘It’ being something that you need to read the book to find out.
While I am enjoying the Sookie Stackhouse books I am starting to think that these books are all over the place in terms of writing style, plot and characters. The plot in this book didn’t feel smooth, when I felt like it was the end things were still happening but they hardly felt like they were connected to the main plot. Even though they were. It felt jerky and I found myself getting confused at times.
Overall, I did enjoy Club Dead but it didn’t quite reach my expectations. The ending left me wondering where life will take Sookie next and what decisions she will be faced with which has made me really want to read the fourth book! Harris has a way of making you want to pick up the next book.