The third book deals with Elena's adjustment to her vampirism, as well as her confusion over loving both brothers. Stefan finds Elena dead, and believes that Damon was the force chasing Elena. They fight, and in the middle of it, Elena awakens, and attacks Stefan as, Elena viewed Stefan as a threat to her creator—-Damon having given Elena more blood in their exchange--and the brothers stop the fight. Stefan, heartbroken, assumes that her attack meant she loved Damon more, and Damon attempts to clear everything up. After Elena has fed, Damon hides her in Alaric Saltzman's attic. After she has rested she decides to wander in the woods. She ends up at the church where a memorial is taking place. She decides to wait in the attic of the church for Damon to come and find her. Something begins to dawn on her as she waits in the attic. She can see her friends and family in the church and people are talking about....Her! It's her memorial and the whole town has gathered to remember her. Stefan and Damon are alerted by Elena's distress and rush to her side. Stefan arrives first and when Elena sees him she realizes that she loves Stefan more than Damon. Damon arrives as the service ends and Stefan and Damon are soon bickering. They are interrupted by a pack of dogs attacking townspeople outside the church. Elena, Stefan and Damon come to the conclusion that the force that made Elena's car drive off the bridge was controlling the dogs. Their suspicions were proven correct, as it turned out that the person responsible for Elena's death and all of the strange events in Fell's Church was-Katherine. Katherine was furious at the Salvatores for falling in love with Elena. She decided that since they didn't love her anymore she would capture, torture and kill them. Elena manages to break free of her bindings and pushes Katherine into a shaft of sunlight upon which Katherine dies. Elena also gets struck by the sun. Stefan pushes her out of the way but it was too late. Elena had been in the sun for too long. She makes a few "last remarks" (which the brothers agree to) before Elena closes her eyes and passes away. The novel ends with a diary entry from Bonnie, who admits that although Elena was not perfect nor a saint, she died as a good person.