Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

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…
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    May-2013 (Hardcover)
    Mar-2014 (Paperback)
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“ I enjoyed it and will miss my dysfunctional fictional family. I have been with them so many years, sniff, sniff. I got to sit down and have breakfast and coffee with them again and dream of hot summer days, warm tomatoes and deadly friends. I loved how Sookie was not wishy washy anymore she made choices, hard ones and stuck with them. My girl has grown. Many characters from the past came back some to help some to kill. Hey's it's the world she lives in. The wrap up and the final matching was just right for Sookie and her dreams. I wanted one more chapter, just one more.
I can't wait for the follow up book on them, After Dead. I wish CH would put out novellas on some of the side characters every year. I would love to follow Warren, Bubba, Eric, Pam, Alcide.......(hint hint)
How do you say goodbye to family ?”
3.5 stars

Dead Ever After is the thirteenth and final full-length novel in the Sookie Stackhouse series by popular American author, Charlaine Harris. Soon after she has used her Cluviel Dor to save her boss’s life, and quite unaware of what has been going on behind the scenes of her life, Sookie is called to appear at Fangtasia for a most unpleasant ceremony. And before she has a chance to get her head around the ramifications of that, she and Sam find the body of Merlotte’s one-time waitress, Arlene Fowler in the dumpster out back. Because she was strangled with a scarf of Sookie’s, Sookie is arrested, despite the dearth of actual evidence.

Sam’s behaviour after Sookie is charged with murder is puzzling, but the support from the many Bon Temps locals, and friends further afield, is gratifying, and Sookie soon has a houseful of guests determined to protect their friend and find out just who is behind it all.

This final instalment sees appearances by a crowd of characters: Amelia and Bob, Diantha and Mr Cataliades, and Barry Bellhop all make major contributions, but Alcide and Quinn also do their part. Karin Slaughter (no, not the author) makes an appearance. There’s soul selling, jail time, evil charms, a surprise pregnancy, a wedding, some paranormal psychometry, and a bit of (possibly ill-advised) line dancing.

Harris knew that, whichever man Sookie ultimately chose, she couldn’t please everyone with the ending, so she pleased herself, and the polarised reviews reflect this. The pace is a bit slow, although, in this final book, Harris does try to tie up loose ends. It certainly is not the best of the series, but fans who have stuck with it will be pleased there is resolution.
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