May 7, 2012

Book review: Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse)

When a book comes out that is part of a series, there is a little bit of excitement around release day. We're meeting up with old friends and want to know what they have been up to.

When Charlaine Harris announced there would be just two books left in the True Blood series some time last year, it meant some of our friends – Sookie, Eric, Tara, Jason and others of Bon Temp – would eventually be leaving.

The second to last book Deadlocked recently came out. I tore through it in about two days not able to relish in some of the final moments with the characters.

Sookie is at a crossroads – but when is she not - figuring out her relationships with her boyfriend and relatives. Most of her human friends are either getting married or having children, which seems to be weighing on Sookie's mind.

This version of catching up with Sookie meant getting to hang out with her as she cleaned and ran errands. There was not much action or romance, which is something True Blood fans have come to enjoy from the books.

Deadlocked started off well. A dead woman is found on Eric's lawn the night he's hosting the king from Nevada. A murder mystery is on hand, but instead of learning what happened how her death could affect Eric and rest of the vamps in Shreveport, Sookie spends the rest of her time moping and whining.

I missed the spunky Sookie, but maybe this is just old friends growing up – or an author getting tired of writing the series.

This felt like a set up for the series ending. Sookie will get her “happily ever after” but the question remains with whom.

If the end of Deadlocked is any indication, there are going to be many fans who will not be happy and will not like that they invested all these years.

Catching up with old friends is still fun, even if you don't always agree with what they've been doing. With the series ending so soon, maybe it was nice to get Sookie to take some time off from the craziness that usually surrounds her – but that's not why we became friends in the first place.

Rating: 2.5
Regardless of how mundane this book seemed, I still enjoyed the book. It wasn't what I wanted it to be, but that seems to often be the case in a long-running series – at least the ones I have read.

You can purchase Deadlocked at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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