Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris #bookreviews

There are secrets in the town of Bon Temps, ones that threaten those closest to Sookie15985348—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… Goodreads.com

So – this book came out two years ago and I just got around to reading it at the beach.  As a long time fan of this series, I’d already figured out who Sookie would end up with when all was said and done – I knew before my sister called me after reading the book two years ago, ranting and raving about the injustice of it all.

I’ve liked this series for several reasons – I’ve been a vampire fan since reading Interview With A Vampire by Anne Rice many years back, Harris has a knack for quirky characterization and, simply put, these books were enjoyable, quick reads and gave me some great laughs.  I never chose sides between Team Bill and Team Eric, so I wasn’t disappointed with the outcome.

That being said, this book disappointed me in other ways.  As I was reading, I felt as if the whole story was rushed and the author was anxious to wrap up story lines in a neat package and move on to other projects.  That felt like a disservice to not only the fans, but also the charming, addictive, and eccentric characters in this series.

This was a fun series to read and a pleasurable way to spend a couple of hours when each new book was released, but this series went out with a whimper instead of a bang.

 

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