[Review #62] Club Dead by Charlaine Harris

Club Dead by Charlaine Harris Cover - Review Title: Club Dead
Series: Sookie Stackhouse
Book three
Author: Charlaine Harris
Published: 6th May , 2006
Publisher: Orbit
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

Sookie Stackhouse always found it difficult to date – she’s cute, but not many guys are comfortable with her mind-reading abilities. But vampires have no problems with Sookie’s talent – she can’t pick up much of anything form the undead.

But there’s only one vampire Sookie Stackhouse is involved with – at least voluntarily – right now, and that’s Bill. But recently he’s been a little distant – in another state distant. His sinister and sexy boss Eric has an idea where to find him, and next thing Sookie knows, she’s off to Jackson, Mississippi, to mingle with the underworld at Club Dead. It’s a dangerous little haunt where the elusive vampire society can go to chill out and suck down some Type O – but when Sookie finally finds Bill, he’s not only in trouble, but caught in an act of serious betrayal. Should she save him, or sharpen some stakes?

Review

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.

Miss J

Previous books in the series:
Dead Until Dark
Living Dead in Dallas

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8 thoughts on “[Review #62] Club Dead by Charlaine Harris

    • Yeah, Bill has become unlikable in the show I think. To be honest that may also be why I don’t like him as much in the books! that and the way he sometimes treats Sookie and then crawls back apologising.

      True Blood is just awesome!

  1. I’ve never read any of the Sookie Stackhouse books, but I have watched the HBO adaptation and I was wondering if the show actually follows the plot of the books? Also is it worth starting the series now since I know generally what happens? I’d love to hear your opinion :)

    • The first season follows the first book very closely! The second season follows the second book but there are other things going on but as the seasons go on it comes away from the books (From what I can tell and I’m up to book 7 at the moment).

      So I think it’ll be worth it to read this series! I’m having a lot of fun reading these books and I’m rather addicted to them now!

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