Now that I knew what I was getting into, I tore through the second book that inspired my favorite television show of the summer. If anything, this novel made me want to go back and re-watch episodes of the show to appreciate the characters more. The main plot of this book (or at least one of the main plots) also picks up where the season finale cliffhanger left off.
Unfortunately, the main plot of the refurbished hotel left me a bit hanging. I have faith that things will be more resolved in the final book of the trilogy, but right now I feel lacking. I recognized some of the references to Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels from watching the first few seasons of True Blood, but perhaps the events surrounding one of the new characters would have made more sense if I’d been familiar with the other books instead. I love when authors acknowledge that the books they write are part of a larger, connected world, but in this case the balance tipped too far for me to appreciate it as much as I wish I could have.
On the other hand, the murder mystery of this novel was much more satisfying a story than in the first book of the trilogy. I appreciated how the problem forced the residents of the town to work together in various ways, even if they might not otherwise have been inclined.
It will be interesting to see how the events of this book play out in the show, now that I understand the more significant changes that have been made. The final book in the trilogy has been ordered, and I can’t wait to read it.
Rating: 4 (out of 5) stars. Cross-posted to Amazon and Goodreads.
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