After Dead: What Came Next in the World of Sookie Stackhouse Review

BookReviewsAfter Dead: What Came Next in the World of Sookie Stackhouse 17239876by Charlaine Harris, Lisa Desimini (Illustrator)

Published: October 29th 2013


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.


I am one of those readers that can’t bring myself to write bad reviews. Normally, if a book is so awful I won’t review it. As a writer myself, I know a book is like a baby and criticism feels awful.

However, After Dead—was just awful. The series should have ended with book 13. This was completely unnecessary. It was poorly written and did not reflect Charlaine Harris’ writing style at all. At times I questioned if it in fact was a ghost writer and not actually Harris.

Really, I have read bad books and this topped them all.

For example (I am making this one up, I won’t spoil it for others) Tara—Tara lived happily with her husband and three adopted dogs, they moved from Bon Temps and life was peaceful. Umm, okay? That was just so important for us to know. Really, why was this even published?

Really. What was the point of this? Our beloved characters should have just been laid to rest with the final entry of the series. The illustrations following the ridiculous updates were quite silly. They often had nothing to do with the characters or the situation.

This “novella” left me with one question: why?

Fans of the series, don’t read this. Ever. Even when it hits the bargain bin. Do. Not. Pick. It. Up.

Massive sad face.

About Maison Moonchild

A Canadian gal that firmly believes words can change the world. An avid reader, writer and Halloween enthusiast. She has a special interest in communications and writes for pleasure and profession. She moonlights as a metaphysical maven with a knack for creating magical crystal jewelry and holiday accessories.
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