Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse #10) by Charlaine Harris
Sookie Stackhouse has finally settled into a relationship with the Viking vampire Eric, and her errant brother Jason seems to have his life in order, too. But all the other people in Sookie’s life – Eric himself, her former lover Bill, her friend and boss Sam – are having family problems. Eric’s maker shows up with Eric’s ‘brother’ in tow, the ailing Bill can only be healed by a blood sibling, and Sam’s brother’s marriage is about to take place... or will it? The furor raised by the coming out of the two-natured has yet to settle; some people are just not ready to sit down to dinner with a man who turns into a dog. And Sookie herself is still recovering from her last ordeal. She’s definitely improving, physically and mentally, but she’s always going to have some dark moments now. The werewolves tell her that there have been strange and ominous passers-by in the Stackhouse woods; now Sookie is about to come face-to-face with one of her more distant relatives...
I really love this series, but as with most series that deal with danger and death, I eventually start to feel really bad for the hero or heroine - they can never seem to catch a break!
This book felt a bit like Sookie had finally managed to catch that break. Sure, there was still danger, but after the torture scenes from book #9, the danger here felt like nothing. I particularly liked the scenes with Sookie's cousin's boy - they were both touching and amusing.
My only problem with this book is that there just wasn't enough Eric in it. No other Sookie book has managed to knock the Ericrific #4 out my top spot. (*****)