Southern Vampire Mysteries #13: Dead Ever After

Charlaine Harris
THE FINAL SOOKIE STACKHOUSE NOVEL There are secrets in the town of Bon Temps, ones that threaten those closest to Sookie—and could destroy her heart....Sookie Stackhouse  finds it easy to turn down the request of former barmaid Arlene when she wants her job back at Merlotte’s. After all, Arlene tried to have Sookie killed. But her relationship with Eric Northman is not so clearcut. He and his vampires are keeping their distance…and a cold silence. And when Sookie learns the reason why, she is devastated. Then a shocking murder rocks Bon Temps, and Sookie is arrested for the crime. But the evidence against Sookie is weak, and she makes bail. Investigating the killing, she’ll learn that what passes for truth in Bon Temps is only a convenient lie. What passes for justice is more spilled blood. And what passes for love is never enough…

Reviews

Reviewed: 2022-01-22
People have told me that this book was terrible, so I waited what seemed like years to read it. It was fine - a nice diversion. I wasn't too happy with who Sookie ended up with for a boyfriend, but who cares? Reading this book made me wish ever harder that Netflix would carry True Blood on streaming, not that I have time to watch it.
Reviewed: 2022-01-10

Sookie Stackhouse is forced to face a collection of individuals holding a grudge against the telepathic Bon Temps barmaid including her faerie cousin Claude, jailbird Arlene, once renowned televangelist Steve Newlin, murderous lawyer Glassport, and an annoyed Copley Carmichael. To be honest, I kind of like that all the surviving but thwarted characters form a posse. It's a ridiculous and pulpy idea like those early adventures which brought us into the TruBlood Universe. It also ties unrelated characters together, requires markers to be called in, and wraps up a long series with dangling plot threads. 

This one was a little shocking because the writing style changes. We hear about events not from Sookie's point of view. It's an adjustment but a better way to tell the story as so much is happening and she is not really around for it. I prefer this to exposition dumps although it introduces some concepts that don't get concluded. I'm still not on board with the writer's choices but I covered that in my last review well enough. I will forever be disappointed by the lack of growth in characters. the need to flip flop personality traits to fit events, and the rejection of the otherworldly--but it is at least an ending.

Reviewed: 2019-02-19
Enjoyable read, but not great. I am glad Sookie ended up with Sam, so she could live a normal life, but I wish there had been more interaction with him in the book. My main question was why there wasn't an epilogue after such a lengthy series. It is because that is the next book!
If a writers most fundamental purpose is to entertain her readers then Harris fails spectacularly in her mundane last Sookie Stackhouse novel. With only a threadbare plot which hangs on the fact that all lot of people want to kill Sookie (their motivations are laughably vague), most of the pages are spent with previous characters who have no reason to show up and are just as quickly gone. There are also detailed descriptions of mealtimes and who cleaned up the dishes. A very disappointing and lackluster ending to a series that was once one of my favorite guilty pleasures.
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