Friday, May 10, 2013

Dead Ever After

Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

I borrowed the hardcover from the public library.

My review:

Charlaine Harris had a lot to wrap up in the final installment of the Sookie Stackhouse series. Virtually every character from the entire series who isn't "definitely dead" makes at least a cameo appearance in this farewell novel. With so many story lines to conclude, the book naturally feels a little scattershot.

Though there is the requisite murder mystery and plenty of people are trying to put Sookie permanently out of commission, this thirteenth book goes back to the lighthearted narration of earlier books in the series. The last several Southern Vampire books took a darker turn, but with Dead Ever After, Harris has returned to the resilient, determined Sookie that garnered this series a devoted following.

In a departure from previous books, however, this novel is not told exclusively from Sookie's perspective and in fact begins with a couple of sections narrated in the third-person. These "elsewhere" passages resurface throughout the book and distract rather than add. The information the reader gleans from these "asides" could easily have been worked into the main narrative flow through characters' conversations with Sookie or others, as in previous books. 

Still, this is a mostly-satisfying conclusion to a beloved series, and long-time readers will be glad to have some "open resolution" for their many Bon Temps friends.

Stars: 3

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