Saturday, 22 November 2014

Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris (Sookie #13)

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...

This review contains BIG plot spoilers!

My Review:
I read this book in one night to find out how the series ends and I have to say that I'm pretty satisfied with it overall.

Sam is acting strange after being brought back to life and things between him and Sookie are strained which upsets her. Eric has to formally break his marriage to Sookie, leaving her with a broken heart. And of course, her enemies are closing in on her, meaning that she needs all of her friends to rally round when she is accused of murder.

There is plenty to like in this book. Firstly, that whining bitch Arlene gets what she deserves, which was very satisfying! I hated the way she treated Sookie like her personal slave, then treated like she was human filth because of her love life, and in spite of plotting to kill her, Arlene still thinks she she is the victim and Sookie is the bad guy. Sadly, it is Sookie who is set up for her murder. This is when she sees who her friends are. Eric pays her bail, Desmond, Diantha, Quinn, Amelia, Bob and Barry all come to town to help her to clear her name, with help from Alcide's pack. It is what they find out that is interesting.

Desmond finds out that Amelia's father did a deal with the devil and wanted the Cluviel Dor as part of the deal but the devil got there just after Sookie used it. Amelia admits that she told him about it, causing Sookie to get quietly mad at her again.

But it is Sookie's relationship ending that dominates a lot of our thoughts, upsetting some fans. I feel that the relationship had run its course as soon as the wedding was announced. Eric cannot get out of it and Sookie cannot wish it away now. It is now that Eric shows his selfish side, wanting Sookie to be his secret mistress in Oklahoma behind the Queen's back, with a plan to turn Sookie into a vampire at some point. Sookie is angry that it is all about what Eric wants, making her leave her job, her friends and risk the wrath of the Queen when the secret affair is uncovered. Having Eric admit that he was determined to turn her was the last straw for Sookie. I do believe Eric loves her but it is the kind of love that doesn't take account of what is right for her.

I was also mad at Eric for stopping Sam from helping Sookie, as I had guessed what Eric was doing. There was no way that Sam would have chosen to stay away from Sookie at this dangerous time unless someone was making him do it. It seemed like poetic justice that it was Bill who happily told her that Sam went to beg Eric to bail her out, and as part of the deal Eric prevented Sam from helping or seducing Sookie. I think Bill was pleased to finally get revenge on Eric for splitting him and Sookie up. Having Pam get Eric's job keeps Sookie safe so that was good. I always enjoy scenes with Pam!

I liked the predictable Sookie kidnapping this time. For Claude to be so angry at her because she never wanted to sleep with him, despite him being gay, was just perfect for the vain moron! And the two hapless flunkies then turning on Claude for being gay was just priceless! Nice to see he got what was coming to him!

So Sam and Sookie finally get together! I was surprised that this ending seemed to upset so many people. Yes I love Eric and his relationship with Sookie was great to read about but I feel that Sam is the right choice for her future. This is why. Sam would never have asked her to use the Cluviel Dor for him, even to save his life. He has been there for her as an employer and friend for longer than anybody, back when everyone though she was just weird, friendless Sookie. He has always stood by her, let her cry on his shoulder over her love life and looked after her when she was in danger. He is a shifter and can fully protect her but is not part of the pack so he would never put shifter business before her or use her for the pack good like Alcide. He can give her the children and the family life that she wants. And unlike Eric, he would never expect her to become a shifter or turn her against her wishes. This is why my vote is with Sam and I was so happy that they got together!

My complaint about the book? No Bubba! Ok I'm splitting hairs a bit! Since the series started with Bill I did expect him to be in it more, but his contribution set the scene for Sam and Sookie to get together, so that was pretty important. Overall I liked the way things were tied up, with Sookie looking as if she just might get that happily ever after that she deserves.

Great end to the series! 
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1 comment:

  1. So happy you enjoyed the last book. So many people didn't. I decided not to read the last couple of books. I just lost interest.