May 7th 2013
There are secrets in the town of Bon Temps, ones that threaten those closest to Sookie—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…
Truth to be told, I was apprehensive. First, the whole ending spoiler polemic, which made me avoid all kind of online blurbs and threads and discussions about the book.
Second, Deadlocking ending had me speculating, and not in a good way, about all that was left undecided, so how on earth it could be possible to fix all in the last book in a way that pleased me?
Face it! There was no possible way for the end to please all of the fans. Or even most of them. It was impossible. 14 years worth of Sookie’s adventures allows a HUGE difference of opinions. But, as obvious as it may seem to normal people, it wasn’t the reality. Reality was, some reader spoiled the end. Chaos was installed. Threats were made.
As a reader that makes me sad. As a reader that has and wants to continue to have access to ARC’s that makes me angry.
A reviewer that spoils the end of a series is a dark spot and a shame for all of us that try to do honest reviews without giving important points away.
A reader that threats the author because the ending wasn’t the one said reader wants? Really? People that give negative reviews WITHOUT reading the book because of said ending? That is so annoying. Grow up people! You wanted a different outcome and didn’t get it? Suck it up! And if you want it so badly, well, there is a thing called fan-fic. Use it, and respect the author’s work and the other readers.
All this lead me to buy the book instead of waiting to read it. Charlaine Harris is a fantastic author and she deserved some support. And I will continue reading her books, because I did enjoy all of them so far.
As expected, I didn’t like the ending BUT it wasn’t the worst case scenario. I guess what really rubbed me the wrong way is how everything else seemed to wrap up, bad guys punished, reasons uncovered and all we got to Sookie is a possible happy ever after.
But, honestly, it wasn’t bad. OK, so it wasn’t the BEST Sookie book ever. It wasn’t the worst either, and it had some structure, and somehow it gave us some closure.
I liked the message that no matter how life will twist her around, Sookie will survive and learn how to continue living.
I also need to re-read the series back to back in order to 1)Remember some of the facts/characters referred on the book and 2)Understand better how it all lead to this ending.
And, I will definitely be waiting for the anthology on October (Sookie Stackhouse #13.5) to tie all loose ends
Sookie Stackhouse #13 (Final Book)