Our friends at Sookieverse.org have posted what they believe to be the first description of the final Sookie Stackhouse book, Dead Ever After, from Rising Shadow book blog. Here’s the synopsis:
Thirteen years, countless mysteries, and plenty of heartache later, the book Sookie Stackhouse fans have been waiting for…
Sookie 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…
My thoughts: I would be surprised if Eric actually goes through with the wedding to Freyda, but agreeing to marry Freyda after Sookie saves Sam? I can see it as the starting point of the last story — but not the end. Whose death would shock Bon Temps? I’m guessing it is either Arlene’s or Sam’s, if Sookis is going to be a suspect, either because she turned down Arlene’s request or because Sookie is now a partner in the business.
I know I may be overly optimistic, but I think this description bodes well for Eric and Sookie. If Eric and Sookie are apart at the beginning, then the change one can expect in the story is that they come back together. And if Sookie is in trouble, I think Eric is going to make an attempt to help her, Freyda or no Freyda.
Any thoughts? Am I missing something obvious?
UPDATE, 11/20/12: The US version of the book has the following sentence as the lead-in:
There are secrets in the town of Bon Temps, ones that threaten those closest to Sookie—and could destroy her heart….