Sunday, January 19, 2014

Dead Ever After(Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series #13) by Charlaine Harris

Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series #13)

Overview from Barnes and Noble:

When a shocking murder rocks Bon Temps, Sookie will learn that what passes for the truth is only a convenient lie. What passes for justice is more spilled blood. And what passes for love is never enough...

For Sookie Stackhouse, refusing to rehire Arlene Fowler at Merlotte's was a no-brainer: The former barmaid, after all, had tried to have Sookie crucified. The whole story became infinitely more complicated, however, when Arlene turned up dead and the police quite logically tagged our Bon Temps telepath as the culprit. To wiggle her way out of the homicide charges, Sookie must find the real murderer even as she attempting to solve some very vexatious issues in her personal life.

My thoughts:
Harris does a nice job revisiting a lot of old characters to show how they are doing and what they are up to.  While the story of course revolves around Sookie, you get some glimpses into other characters who have shared page space with her.

I was a bit worried about how it would all come together and if the ending would feel right.  I wondered how Harris could take the whirlwind ride that Sookie has been on for twelve books and find a way to end it all.  Every book seemed to find Sookie in some kind of danger or experiencing something for the first time, but what was there left for her to do for the first time?  I was satisfied with how it all came together throughout the book and in the end.  I know some other readers were not as happy with the ending, but I really was satisfied. 

Sookie has been through a whole lot in the last twelve books and is completely floored when the woman who participated in an attempted plot to have her killed walks into the bar to ask for a job.  It simply does not make sense that Arlene is no longer behind bars.  Then when Arlene is found dead and Sookie is arrested things start to turn frantic.  With a houseful of guest who hope to help her, including some part demons, witches and a telepath, things just get weirder and weirder.  I was surprised by some of the characters who reappeared, who I had thought the story was through with.

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