I fell head over heels in love with the Sookie Stackhouse series in a way that I haven't fallen for a book series in a couple of decades. I have reread all of the books so many times I have lost count. I advance ordered my copy of DITF, and planned a special day to read the book... and I was so disappointed.
Like other reviewers I had the impression the book was slapped together in a big hurry. Unfinished plots from previous books did not receive mention. The long awaited relationship between Sookie and Eric was told in a strange, retrospective fashion, as if the relationship were already well-established and a lot of time had elapsed. This cheated readers out of the opportunity to go along and experience the development of their connection (after waiting so long since DTTW.) The sex scenes were not up to snuff. The pacing and timelines seemed disjointed. There were inconsistencies all over the place, between the books and even between chapters. One example: In FDTW Sookie helps avoid a war between two factions in the werewolf community by acting as a human lie detector for Alcide and Patrick Furnan. Suddenly in DITF, Alcide is claiming that he can't rely on Sookie's abilities, although he had entrusted his fate and that of his followers to her hands before.
I love the series, and will surely read the next book. However, I would consider this book my least favourite so far, and would not recommend spending on the hard copy.