Not Charlaine Harris' finest hour, I fear. The plot seems to have come out of nowhere, the style is quite different from the rest of the series, and I am sorry to say it is full of the kind of stylistic errors one expects of a novice or plain incompetent writer. The tiresome description of things like meal preparation and choice of clothes is evidence of carelessness at best. Incidentally, those looking for horror will find plenty in the Bon Temps diet - do people in the American South really eat such ghastly food? And could someone point out to Mrs. Harris what a casserole actually is? Apart from the disappearing writing skills, the disappearing plot skills and coherence is even worse. The person Sookie ends up with is not really a surprise, although a disappointment to Team Bill (what was the point in his continuing devotion over so many books?). The relationship with Eric was never wholly convincing anyway, although entertaining. The huge failure with Eric is the way he just vanishes. Sloppy writing and plotting again. One can also only be disappointed by the extent to which the supposedly well-mannered Miss Stackhouse, the recipient of so much protection and selfless care from the supernatural community and whom she is supposed to help champion, recoils from them when nothing but generosity and affection is offered (I do not mean Claude). It is dishonest and in terms of the world created, dishonourable. You need professional help if you are going to threaten someone for writing a bad book, but that does not protect the writer from the fact that it is a bad book, and after such a vibrant and joyful series it is such a shame.