Dead Ever After description *spoilers*

Our friends at 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….



4 responses to “Dead Ever After description *spoilers*

  1. My feeling is why should she treat Eric any different from Bill? When Bill left to go to Lorena, even after Sookie saved his ass and he wanted to get back with her, Bill walking away was the final straw. if Eric walks away, i don’t see here actually wanting him back. Why would you want to be with someone who made the decision to be with someone else? Unless Eric tells Sookie he has al ulterior motive that will benefit him and her in the long run, i can’t see Sookie taking Eric back after going after Freyda’s skanky ass…..

    Hopefully, if Eric saves Sookie int his book, it’s before he goes off to Oklahoma –because once he leaves, I wouldn’t expect her to take him back….just wouldn’t be consistent with her character…

  2. Pat, so do you think Eric is avoiding Sookie but hasn’t left for Oklahoma yet? I’m thinking that if he were actually in Oklahoma already, even if he wanted to come back to help Sookie, he wouldn’t be able to, so if his avoidance is because he’s engaged to Freya, then it makes sense it is before he actually leaves to get married.

  3. I think the synopsis is set up to make us think Sookie and Eric are doomed. But I’m not buying it. I still believe they will make it somehow.

    I also think this is a clue CH threw into the last book:

    I watched television for a while—an old black-and-white movie about a man and a woman who loved one another but had to overcome all sorts of things to be together …
    – Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse)

  4. Lena, I don’t entirely trust CH because I know she is writing mysteries rather than genre romances, but I am still very hopeful that an S/E happy ending is most likely. I noticed the little movie shout-out, too.

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