Dec 24, 2013

Review--After Dead by Charlaine Harris

Dead Ever After marked the end of the Sookie Stackhouse novels—a series that garnered millions of fans and spawned the hit HBO television show True Blood. It also stoked a hunger that will never die…a hunger to know what happened next.

With characters arranged alphabetically—from the Ancient Pythoness to Bethany Zanelli—bestselling author Charlaine Harris takes fans into the future of their favorite residents of Bon Temps and environs. You’ll learn how Michele and Jason’s marriage fared, what happened to Sookie’s cousin Hunter, and whether Tara and JB’s twins grew up to be solid citizens.

This coda provides the answers to your lingering questions—including details of Sookie’s own happily-ever-after…

The book will feature extensive interior art by acclaimed Sookie artist Lisa Desimini, including a Sookieverse Alphabet, color endpapers, and several full-page black and white interior illustrations.

Leave it to me to accomplish two one-day reads and then not have another at the ready! I truly didn't expect to breeze through two of these in under three hours, but oh well.

Charlaine Harris' After Dead was quite an unexpected read. After reading the final book Dead Ever After, I was left wondering what happened with a few of our other more popular secondary characters; Bill, Eric, Alcide, Sam, Quinn, Tara...and more! Well we get the answers here. Quite literally too.

Although as most people have been saying, the book is short. We learn what happened to the characters in a short paragraph. Sentences really. But I went into this from the description alone, knowing it wouldn't be a story. It's really a matter of what kind of happy or not so happy ending did these other characters get. And we get that. 

Quite a few of these characters I couldn't remember. The series ran for 13 books and I started reading them just shy of book 5's release, but even then, that's quite a few years and time. So yeah, I didn't remember quite a few of these characters. But I still got to know what happened to them. 

While it may not have been enjoyable to many people--as I did notice B&N already has it marked 50% off in stores--I did find I enjoyed knowing what happened to everyone. We even get further HEA details with Sookie and her chosen beau. I was actually quite shocked to read some of the endings for some of the characters. A few even died some years after the events of Dead Ever After

But basically, I got the answers to my questions from reading the last book and I am quite satisfied. This is basically a quick and dirty way of getting to know what happened to everyone else from the series. Although I wouldn't say it's necessary to rush out and get this one, library would work best if they have it. The illustrations inside were nice, I liked some of the details of them and on the page with the letter, as it was alphabetized and within each letter segment you get the characters' happy or not so happy endings.

Overall Rating 3/5 stars


  1. I skipped the last two books entirely because I was unhappy with the direction. It's safe to say I won't be reading this although I was once a big fan of the series, but I'm glad you got your closure.

  2. I didn't read this book yet... but I checked it out from the library for my husband. I flicked through the pages and was disappointed just looking through it!!!!!

  3. I haven't read the last two books in the series just yet, but now that the series is over I really need to get on that. I like knowing that this one is there to wrap things up, even if it's short because there are so many characters in the series that I'd want to know what happens with each of them. Thanks so much for sharing :D Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.


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