Wednesday, May 15, 2013

66:120 Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

The 13th and final book in the Sookie Stackhouse series.  Arlene was released on bail even after being part of an attempt on Sookie's life and shortly after, she is found dead in the dumpster behind Merlotte's, strangled with Sookie's scarf.  Sookie is a person of interest until someone decides to 'help' the cops feel differently about her when she becomes the main suspect.  Now she's trying to prove her innocence all while dealing with her extremely cold relationship with Eric and a sudden houseful of guests.  How is one to be a good southern hostess in times like this?

Honestly, I'm glad the series is over.  It's really been drifting the last several books with very little happening and lots of pointless filler to make up for a distinct lack of real plot.  Sookie hasn't grown.  She is still constantly whining about how she has become a horrible person, blah blah blah, and then screams when someone comes to kill her or kidnap her or whatever yet again and then screams louder when people end up getting hurt or even killed in her defense.  Apparently tho, every male is just lining up for a chance to be the one to deal with it since she hasn't really been without a guy in her life since she met Bill.  I had a hard time originally getting into these books due to the writing style that seemed forced.  It got better and I was happy to stay for a few books but then the last few seemed like they would have been better all combined with the filler thrown out and the series ended around book 10.  YMMV of course.

Oh, and I totally predicted who she would end up with back in book one.  No surprise at all so I'm not really sure what the fuss has been about.

Page count: 338p/16,160p ytd/160,580p lifetime

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