Saturday, 22 November 2014

Book Review: Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris (Sookie #12)

Sookie has a murder investigation on her hands.

A young girl has died at a vampire party - and it looks as though her lover, Eric, might be responsible. Eric swears he didn't do it, the police don't believe him, and even Sookie isn't so sure. Nor is she inclined to take his word for it, not having caught him enjoying the victim's blood minutes before she was killed.

But something strange is going on. Why had Sookie been asked to come to the fateful party a few minutes early - just to catch Eric in the act? And why had the victim spiked her own blood before approaching Eric? Was it simply because she wanted to be irresistable, or was it something more sinister?

Sookie will have to find out ... but it's the worst moment to investigate, as her Fae family are having troubles of their own and Sookie is, inevitably, drawn in. And there is one last complication. The cluviel dor her grandmother left her. It will grant her one wish, which could fulfil Sookie's heart's desire. The only problem is, she still doesn't know what - or who - her heart truly desires ...

My Review:
This review contains BIG plot spoilers!

There are very mixed reviews for this book as it seems to have divided Sookie fans. It wasn't the best in the series but I still found it to be a good read. There are always good things in each Sookie novel as there are usually plenty threads running through the main story.

Sookie is not happy with Eric feeding from a human girl at a party and she is even less pleased when the girl is found dead outside minutes later, leaving them up to their eyeballs in cops again. She doesn't really think he did it but it adds to the doubts she has about Eric breaking the wedding, especially after meeting the beautiful and rich Freyda. Can a human really compete with her? Is all that power too much to give up for Sookie? Sookie also has to deal with Jannalynn telling her to stay away from Sam and starts fearing for her safety again, suspecting that the werewolf was involved in the party murder. Even Sam seems to be having doubts about Jannalynn, and worries about her obsession with Sookie.

Sookie also discovers that her grandmother was in possession of a rare fae jewel-a Cluviel Dor, which will grant one wish to the owner to give them their hearts desire. Sookie isn't sure what to use it for but Eric expects her to use it to get him out of the wedding when he hears about it, but Sookie isn't convinced she should use it so quickly. While Eric wants Sookie to use it for their future, the fae want it badly and are willing to kill for it, putting Sookie in more danger. Just as well she has a cool demon lawyer watching her back!

Now is it wrong for me to feel smug about being right about Claude and Jannalynn? Ok everyone could see that Jannalynn was a psycho bitch from hell who was never right for poor Sam but her level of betrayal was unbelievable. I really liked the action scenes with Sookie's latest kidnapping and the big pack meeting. The pack meeting was very tense and you just knew that bad things were going to happen. My heart was in my mouth over Jannalynn's reckless actions and when Sam was dead I was in floods of tears. I love Sam! He's my favourite character and I was horrified that he died! I'm glad that Sookie kept her head better than I did and used the Cluviel Dor to bring him back. It was a very dramatic scene that nearly did me in!!!

Which brings me to the bigger plot. Jannalynn was in it to overthrow Alcide and take the pack as reward but it was Claude who was pulling the strings. He was looking for the Cluviel Dor and the chance to overthrow Niall, bewitching Dermot and endangering Sookie to lure Niall back to help her. I never liked the guy and I thought he might have been responsible for what happened to Dermot but I never thought he was as bad as he turned out to be.

I never thought Niall was bad but I was never sure how much he cared for Sookie but he does something good for her. He told Eric about the Cluviel Dor so that Sookie would see his reaction, wanting to use Sookie's wish to solve his problem. Perhaps Sookie was being a bit unfair by saying that Eric should have got out of his mess if he wanted her enough, as I think Eric did try. But he never will understand that Sookie's friends are important to her, as his reaction to her saving Sam shows. I think the relationship is pretty much over between them.

So it was a very exciting end to the book, setting us up nicely for the final book. Who wins Sookie's heart? Who will kidnap her this time or try to kill her? What other surprises are in store in the final book? I can't wait to find out! And thankfully, I was able to read it soon after this one so I didn't have to wait long...

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