- Title: Dead Ever After
- Author: Charlaine Harris
- Series: Sookie Stackhouse #13
- Genre: UF, PNR
- Format: Hardback
- Source: Library
- Reviewed by: Valerie
- Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Description: 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…
Review: Reading this book was a bit bittersweet. Yay, a new Sookie Stackhouse novel! However, it is the LAST Sookie Stackhouse novel. Sniff. I have so enjoyed this series, and yet I respect that Charlaine Harris has decided to bring it to a conclusion rather than letting it grow stale as long-running series are wont to do.
As typical, Sookie has found herself knee deep in trouble. The main difference is that rather than getting pulled into other people’s drama, Sookie herself is the target of the trouble. As danger and intrigue swirls around her, Sookie tries her best to get through the trials of her life and relationships. By making Sookie the focus of the plot, Ms. Harris reminds us of why we love this character so much. Sookie is brave, loyal, and full of heart making a deep impression on those around her. That impression is not always good, hence the danger to Miss Stackhouse in Dead Ever After.
The really cool thing about Dead Ever After that the author weaves many of Sookieverse players into the plot. Again, this relates back to those lasting impressions. Some of these characters are out to get Sookie, but many make an appearance to lend their support. This was especially touching during the scene where to courtroom is full of people who came to lend support to Sookie. The inclusion of so many characters from past books gives the reader an opportunity for closure. There are times when this seems a bit forced, like when Quinn comes by to help only to leave almost immediately leaving, but most of the appearances play out well.
Dead Ever After is an overall fun read for anyone who enjoyed the Sookie Stackhouse series. However, I do not care for how Ms. Harris decided to resolve one major subplot; that of Sookie’s romantic interest(s). I am not going to go into detail. Duh! You are just going to have to read it and find out what happens for yourself. This is an area in which I have long struggled, as Sookie’s romantic decisions have throughout the series have been fraught with inconsistencies. I guess it is fitting that I would feel the same way about the final installment of Sookie’s saga.
As for the cover, I have never been a fan of this series’ cover art. It has always seemed a little cheesy to me. I didn’t really like this cover any better. It just seemed too gaudy. I did, however, appreciate the artwork inside the cover. I am still not a fan of the style, but I thought that it tied in nicely to story.
Farewell Sookie Stackhouse. It’s been fun. I will miss you.