Title: Dead Ever After
Author: Charlaine Harris
Genre: Paranormal mystery/romance/suspense
Sookie Stackhouse’s relationship with her vampire lover is on the rocks, she’s framed for murder, and the Merlotte’s owner/waitress is hounded by a host of bad guys. But the burning question on everyone’s lips is: which suitor will Sookie end up with in this, the final Sookie Stackhouse novel?
Don’t worry, I won’t spoil it.
The story picks up the day after the book 12, Deadlocked, left off, with Sam recovering from his near-death experience. The pacing is taut, and the writing is laser sharp. And though the trail of clues was sprinkled throughout the story, I was as shocked as Sookie to discover who the true villain of this mystery was.
One of the things that’s kept me coming back to these novels has been the character development. Sookie and the people around her grow – sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. So the series never got stale. And in this book, Sookie comes into her own as a mature woman. The choices she makes – romantic and otherwise – reflect this.
I like it.
What’s unusual about this book is that in several chapters, the author shifts from first person to omniscient point of view, teasing us about what the baddies are planning. I found the shifts a little disconcerting, especially since I don’t remember that in any of her other Stackhouse novels. (Am I wrong? Let me know). But the device does work to build tension.
So, a sad but satisfying farewell to the Sookie Stackhouse novels. At least we still have TrueBlood. [Tweet this!]