Dead Ever After is the final book in Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse series. While it’s nowhere near the strongest in the series, it’s not the worst either, and it still fairs better than the television series of late. The previous book in the collection, Deadlocked, was so unremarkable that I only recalled what had happened about half-way through this book. At least this particular volume had a few things that will definitely stick out as being memorable.
After using the Cluviel Dor on Sam to bring him back to life, Sookie is shunned by both him and Eric. Eric publicly “divorces” Sookie (in the vampire way, of course, complete with useless ceremony). So Sookie is sulky. But at least she can try to obtain some sense of normalcy by returning to work at Merlotte’s, where she’s now part-owner. While Sookie is working, newly released Arlene comes by to see if she can get her old job back. Understandably, Sookie says no. Later, Arlene is found dead in the Dumpster at Merlotte’s, and Sookie is arrested, though the evidence against her is weak at best.
I think Harris wanted to shock her readers with some of the things that happen in this last novel, but all she managed to do was disappoint. When going against certain expectations, there’s a fine line between surprising your readers and letting them down. Unfortunately, Dead Ever After falls a bit more into the latter category.
I didn’t dislike this book, but I wasn’t really excited by it either. While this book does give some resolution to all the major issues at hand, the reader is still left wondering what happened to all the characters. I guess we’ll have to wait for After Dead: What Came Next in the World of Sookie Stackhouse, which comes out fall of this year to really experience the bit of closure we should have gotten from this last novel.