True Blood Radio 174: DEADLOCKED Review {SPOILERS}

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This week’s episode of True Blood Radio is our review of Deadlocked, the 12th Sookie Stackhouse novel, on sale now. WARNING: We’re talking about the book in detail. If you haven’t read it yet, you will be spoiled.

That’s it. We’re only talking Deadlocked in this episode. Join us for an hour of discussion, speculation, reaction, etc., then leave your comments below (again, warning! comments will contain spoilers!) and let us know your thoughts.

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  1. Nicole

    May 1, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    I myself loved the book and the ending especially.

    • Liz

      May 2, 2012 at 9:53 am

      Nicole I’d love to hear what you like best about this book.

      • Nicole

        May 3, 2012 at 12:16 pm

        Liz- I literally lol’d at the discovery of JB at Claude’s club. I really enjoyed the Bill and Sookie scenes. I was thoroughly shocked to find out what Claude had done. Not to mention, I love love love the end when she saved Sam as I think they are perfect together!

  2. shell

    May 1, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    This book was very good.But the ending broke my heart

  3. tina

    May 1, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    The book was good. But that she doesn’t end the seris with sookie and same together. Because the ending seems as if that’s whats going to happen.

  4. Melissa Hill

    May 1, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    is this the end of sookie and eric? someone please tell me, after everything that happened in this book. i don’t know how any couple can come back from this.

  5. Brandy F,

    May 1, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    I was so disappointed with this book. It felt like about 80% of it was just filler. The Queen of Oklahoma and Sookie scene was trite and completely unnecessary due to the fact that what was said between them was reiterated time and time again throughout the book. YES! WE GET IT! Eric will have power and wealth if he becomes her consort. I understand that Mrs. Harris is tying up all the loose ends before finishing the series but as a huge fan I am frustrated with abruptness and absence of forethought in the writing.

    • Gracie

      May 2, 2012 at 5:35 am

      I won’t be able to get the book for a while can someone please tell me what happened please!

      • Liz

        May 2, 2012 at 9:51 am

        Gracie if you listen to our podcast, you’d know what happens in the book.

    • Liz

      May 2, 2012 at 9:56 am

      Brandy read our interview with Charlaine here:

      You will see that she decidedly does not have “absence of forethought” in the writing. She specifically took her time with this book.

  6. Kathy

    May 2, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Ooops! I didn’t scroll down far enough so I sent you my comment.

    Briefly, there are all kinds of love. The CD simply needs to be used for someone you love. Remember Mr. C said she could use it on herself “self-love.” I didn’t mind Sookie saving Sam. It doesn’t necessarily mean he’s her HEA.

    Also, Eric and Sookie have hurt each other. She’s hurt him too. Also, Eric has never betrayed her, when you speak of her being hurt by all her suiters.

    Certainly, she could end up with Sam, but it’s just not a foregone conclusion. JMO.

    • Liz

      May 2, 2012 at 2:50 pm

      Betrayal is one tool used to hurt. But hurt is hurt, it doesn’t matter how it was done. Eric used Sookie, tricked her and lied to her. Some have argued that he never lied to her, he just may not have told her the entire story. Sorry, but just like hurt is hurt, a lie is a lie. It doesn’t matter what it comes dressed in. And only telling half the story is also deceiving, so he deceived her.

      • Kathy

        May 3, 2012 at 7:59 am

        That’s true Jan, but as I said Sookie has hurt him as well. And as you said hurt is hurt. I also said betrayed, not lied. Those are two very different things.

        • Kathy

          May 3, 2012 at 8:12 am

          I guess what it comes down to for me is betrayal would be the deal breaker, not the kind of lies Eric has told. I don’t think Eric has done anything (tricking or otherwise) to cross him off Sookie’s list. She went into this relationship with her eyes wide open. He is what he is and he’s never tried to make her believe otherwise. Never. It’s not like he tricked Sookie into loving him. The bullet sucking thing was roguish, I’m sorry, but I have to dismiss that as something “horrible.” IMO it wasn’t. His biggest trick was the marriage and that was to protect both of them. She’s never recognized it and he’s never forced her to.

          She very well may end up with Sam. But I just have never gotten from her that she feels anything more than a deep loving friendship with him. That’s all I’m saying.

          • Kathy

            May 3, 2012 at 8:17 am

            Oh and PS: I don’t think Eric is perfect. He’s a right arse at times. I just don’t think he’s out of the running.

        • Liz

          May 3, 2012 at 11:04 am

          Betrayal breaks trust, so do lies. They are the synonymous. And my name is Liz not Jan. LOL!

    • Jo

      May 2, 2012 at 10:13 pm

      Yes, everything that everyone wants is a knight in shining armor isn’t? I say this is boring. everyone has flaws. what Sookie has or will have, she’ll have to gain with effort and struggle, that’s what makes it worthwhile and not a solution presented on a silver tray, convenient and safe. Risking your heart in what is difficult and hard, but it will be worth 1000 times more when conquered, not perfect, not idyllic, but real, how many more obstacles, the more difficult it is here that seems worth it. why spend 13 books for return to the beginning? for what? as CH said in his interview we do not read the last book yet, everything else is distraction. And there are different kinds of love. I’m glad that Sookie used the CD to save Sam, because wouldn’t be Sookie if she didn’t. but it all seems too perfect, in the penultimate book in a series that put so much time to develop your heroine, would end with a note, and not with a bang.

  7. Sookieeleana

    May 2, 2012 at 11:32 am

    I still think it’s Eric in the end. CH writes great drama and that is what she is giving us.
    Sookie is a good person and of course if she gets the chance to save someone’s life she will. It could have been Bill, Tara, Jason, anyone who is important to her. CH chose Sam to hype up the drama because she’s a good writer.

    • esw45

      May 2, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      Yes…I think your right Sookieleana, and I feel like for Sookie to be with Sam in the end would be just settling because Eric is the love of her life… hopefully she and Eric can work out their problems in DEA.

    • Jo

      May 2, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      I agree, she not give his final for granted in the penultimate book, Eric and Sookie must overcome great obstacles, if not it would be very easy, too predictable, then why spend 13 books for this?

  8. Helen

    May 2, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    All I can say is…..I knew it! From the moment Claude asked Sookie if he could stay with her I knew he was up to something. Before Claudine’s death he’d been quite indifferent towards her then all of a sudden he’s all over her. I’m glad he’s gone for good. I am quite sad that Dermot has gone though, he was a sweetheart.

    As for the whole Eric/Sookie thing, I’m glad Sookie didn’t use the Cluviel Dor to get him out of the contract. Eric needs to “man up” and break it himself if he really loves Sookie as much as he says he does! I am an Eric fangirl, by the way, but I’m not totally blind to his flaws. The last 2 books I’ve just wanted to go up and shake him! lol I’m still hoping for a Sookie/Eric happy ending though. I’m hoping she doesn’t end up with Sam because I’ve always felt that their relationship has been more of a brother/sister one so, to me, it would feel wrong if they became intimate.

    Really looking forward to reading Dead Ever After now. Only a year to go!

    • Liz

      May 2, 2012 at 2:54 pm

      I agree with you about Eric, Helen. I was pretty frustrated with him after “Dead Reckoning”.

      • esw45

        May 2, 2012 at 3:27 pm

        Eric needs to man up to Felipe De Castro and definitely this Queen of Oklahoma, Freyda…..Sookie was willing to run away with him and leave her friends and family behind so he needs to how much he loves her……

  9. Tee

    May 2, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    I loved the book it did close the door on so many things but still left enough open to ponder on for the next year. What I want to say though is the Cluviel Dor can be used on a loved one. He did not say hearts desire or she has to be in love, just someone she loves. I am sure she loves Sam but I believe not as she does Eric. She loves him like a brother or a friend I believe. I feel she has put the Bill thing to rest. That leaves Eric and as some Believe Sam. The ending of the book should not make you think that she chose Sam. It should make you wonder of course but I do not view it as her choosing Sam. I would do the same in my place, I would save a friend I cared about also. If you would not do the same then you could be considered inhuman.. When you have the power to save someone you care for. Sookie wants Eric to chose her and that is the bottom line. If indeed Mr Cataliedes says she must use it on someone she is in love with romantically then Please let me know what book and where. I thought it was just someone she loved. Could be child, sister, brother friend etc. There is still hope for Sookie and Eric, and I guess even for Sam. I also want to say Sookie once again bailing him out not so true. Eric has protected her many times over. Remember it was the Queen who wanted Sookie and sent Bill to watch her etc. So Sookie was in danger of the Vampire world before Eric. Eric has many times over like I said saved her and protected her. You have to look at it in his side also. Has Eric done things that were very wrong yes he has. He has also done things that were way out of what any of the other suitors have done. I get Sam has always been there for her and If that is how it happens then I will be fine. Either way i love her books. I do hope it is Eric and I still say it is. I am glad Claude is gone and Niall shed a little light on things for her again also. I will miss Dermot.

  10. Amanda

    May 2, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Just came across your website a few months back…Love it!!! But back on point and sorry ahead for the novel of a review lol!!!

    I am such a fan to this book series and intend to see it through until the end however, if I am being quite honest this one was not truly my favorite. I feel as though it was slow but rushed in a way. I was kind of disappointed that there wasn’t a whole lot of dialog. A lot of Sookie rehashing things in her head. I understand this book was probably meant to make us realize that Sookie is reflecting and trying to figure out what her intentions for the future is and wrapping up loose ends but still. I was waiting for the big fallout with the fae but with just an explanation and a quick “Goodbye” that was it. I actually set my nook down for a minute and thought “seriously that’s it?” J.lynn was the villain in this book but there wasn’t even any sight of her really. Sam’s part beside the end wasn’t anything great. Bill and Sookie were not the big team they were made out to be. King of Nevada was only a small part. Queen of Oklahoma made her appearance but was not as good as it could have been. Eric in this one made me say “Eric who???” Ms Harris has made him beyond distant in the series now. I wish she would have stayed with some of the solid Eric characteristics as in the other books. (I know he is in a dark place but hey he has probably been through worse he is 1,000+ years old). To be really honest Sookie in this book was just getting on my nerves. Yes a lot has happened to her but a lot she allowed into her life. Let’s remember she has hurt a lot of people too it is not just one sided. It is time for Sookie to finally grow up. She needs to make up her mind and follow through. Really how does she think her and Eric will work if she is not willing to turn Vamp? Helllooooo her human life is going to end in a blink compared to what’s ahead for Eric. As far as her and Sam. Come on with only one or two times since book one have we ever seen Sookie lusting, yearning for, head over heels, etc for Sam. All the traits Ms Harris has shown us between Sookie and Sam lead to the “Friend Zone” Now if she intends to make them end up together we better get hit hard with the “why” in the next book otherwise it does not make any sense to me. The more I think about it the more I think Sookie needs to end up alone at the end of book 12. I think as much as everyone keeps saying they think she has grown, truly guys she really hasn’t. Almost 30 and she hasn’t fully accepted who she is yet. She can’t go back even if she wanted to because all the vamps & Weres know her and will always seek her out for help and maybe even force her if they need to. She needs to come to terms with this and then figure out how she will go forward knowing this. I am just not convinced she will figure this all out in the last book.

    Did I hate the book of coarse not but it was not all that I hoped for. Come on Ms Harris give Sookie one last hurrah and blow our socks off. I hope for suspense, action, love, and huge lightbulb moment in book 13. Sorry guys but this is my honest opinion. I am a Charlaine Harris fan and will always be but this one just didn’t do it for me. Hoping for the best in book 13.

  11. Sheryl

    May 3, 2012 at 12:22 am

    Just finished the book and loved it. Learning about Claude’s total treachery. Victor’s two faced actions. Sookie realizing that her human life really does include things that a vampire can’t give her. And, Eric, Oh Eric, either man up or pack your bags for Tulsa. Can’t wait for the next book to find out if we are right about Sam.

  12. Gill Davies

    May 3, 2012 at 7:25 am

    That the Cluvial Dor was finally used to save Sam’s life ended up being a satisfying use of it (after I thought about it for a while). I was concerned that it was too powerful a device to be used on something that Sookie would see as unworthy (like her happiness). She will have absolutely no doubt that she did the right thing, even after she thought about it for a while, and no matter what Eric says. After all, Sam is living, and has a future, whereas Eric is dead, and is just existing (and I am Team Eric).

    You have raised a very valid point – Sookie will never be seen as Eric’s equal, either by Eric or by his associates, yet Sookie wants to be number one in her partner’s life. She rejected Quinn not because he was a bad match for her, or because she didn’t love him, but because she was always going to come after his family in his priorities. Where does she come with Eric? Behind Pam and his vampire lifestyle/responsibilities. I really hope that Sookie ends up with Eric, but I have a feeling that it won’t happen (I am Team Eric, with Team Bill close behind).

    Sookie is also getting clucky – what with her biological clock ticking, as well as her affection for Hunter, and finally with Tara having twins… She cannot have children with vampires, and now the Cluvial Dor is used up, Sookie cannot make the world-shaking choice of wishing all vampires to be able to turn human again (I got the impression the the CD could change the world if used correctly).

    So where next for Sookie? I don’t know. Although she is a partner now with Sam in Merlottes, Bon Temps is really a dangerous place for her. I don’t think that there is anyone left in the area that doesn’t know of her ability to read minds (side thought – her ability to sometimes hear vampires could could be an issue in the last book?). So all the vampires want to use her ability for their benefit – they saw what she could do at the Vampire Conference. The Weres (especially Alcide) want to use her ability as a shaman or a mind reader, ditto the FBI etc etc… Perhaps she needs to leave town – but she cannot do this due to her strong connection to her friends and family home. Once again, the CD would have come in handy in enabling Sookie to make everyone forget about her ability, but she would have seen this as a waste of its power.

    I await the last book in eager anticipation, as I have no idea how all the threads can be tied up in one book, and can only hope that it is one very thick book!!!

    • Gill Davies

      May 3, 2012 at 7:39 am

      Also, I think that Eric has lost points with Sookie with his inability to sort out his own problems, and his expectation that she will fix everything. Eric should have told Sookie about the problematic engagement to the Queen of (wherever!), but he didn’t. He discussed it with Pam, but not Sookie. That must irk Sookie that Pam knew about it for weeks before Pam (not Eric) started the conversation about what was really going on.

      For all his age, Eric doesn’t show much maturity, and has no idea how to deal with emotional problems at all. He has started learning, but is nowhere near Sookie’s level (and Sookie is still learning!!).

  13. Goldie Jean

    May 3, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    I was confused by a couple of things. Did Niall say Eric had two vampire children? Sometimes I think I’m missing details from the stories.

    • Miss Kris

      May 9, 2012 at 11:47 pm

      I just finished the book and was wondering the same thing! There is only 1 thing I haven’t read in regards to this series and that was the wedding she attended with Sam. But in this book there was so much filler it filled you in on every single book in the series…so the comment about a 2nd child left me puzzled. I’ve been trying to figure out the 2nd child comment since I finished it.

  14. Pat

    May 3, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    I really wanted to see Eric and Sookie end up together but this book gave them so little time together to hash things out…I just don’t think it is going to happen. Too little communication

  15. shell

    May 3, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    I have read all the books I love them but this one was a heart break one. Eric has change so much.he is not been the Eric like in the other books. Like when sookies in trouble he is there even before there bond he was there. In this one he is not.I am such a Eric an sookie fan but I can see how sookie would want to end there relationship even thou she love’s him.I hope I am wrong an things work out But it is very likely it wont.

  16. Viv

    May 5, 2012 at 3:42 am

    I can see that Sookie will never be happy living as a vampire’s wife and CH is definitely writing Eric as someone who deeply loves Sookie but ultimately there are too many obstacles. I don’t know how she will be safe without him though as being part fairy she will always be attractive to any vampire. Very interested to see how Charlaine can resolve this. Hopefully Eric can give it all up for Sookie but I doubt it’s possible 🙁

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    May 5, 2012 at 1:18 pm

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    May 6, 2012 at 6:19 pm

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  19. Danielle

    May 6, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    I’d like to see Sookie with Sam at the end. Nothing agaisnt Eric or Bill or any Vamp for that matter. It seems that everytime Sookie does something for the Vamps her life is always in danger. Could it be possible for her and Eric to just be good friends?

  20. Jkk2110

    May 6, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    What confused me most at the end was why Eric would hint for Sookie to use the CD to free him when he has not even tried to free himself….well he mentions that he is doing what he can to hold Freyda off but what exactly is that? Eric has never rolled over for anyone so why is this happening for Freyda? He wants power?? He already has money. Really? Seems like there is more holding Eric to this tie than we know. Sookie has always loved Sam, she has said it before as her closest and best friend. Was she supposed to watch him die when she could save him? I was not surprised by her actions, but really really surprised with Eric walking out. running out on her IMO. Did he really expect her not to save him? If so, I guess he really does not know her as well as he thought. Cannot imagine how CH is going to wrap this up but I hope she does not turn Eric into a cad after she spent many books developing and deepening his character and making us believe that he is more than meets the eye.

    • TC

      May 11, 2012 at 5:51 am

      What if Freyda is Eric’s other child.

  21. Wemoonwitch

    May 7, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    I liked how this book tied things up but I thought it was a little short in the suspense area. The fae issues tied up to neatly and abruptly. The Jannalyn betrayal also was too easily dealt with. Even the Splendide guy incident was quick and tidy. I kind of understand since there were a lot of threads to tie up and characters to find closure with before coming to the final book but it made for a less exciting read. My favorite points were the growth Sookie displayed in her choices and emotions, the initial meeting between Freyda and Sookie (which I felt was a good setup for major drama in DEA) and the way Sookie chose to use the CD (beautiful and dramatic). I am very sad that I believe Eric & Sookie won’t end up together, but glad at the same time b/c it would be too easy and a little boring otherwise. I am truly heartbroken by it though. I do think there’s some heavy foreshadowing of Sam n Sookie ending up together. Not just Sookie using the CD for him (something she’d do for anyone she loves, romantically or not), but her anger at the prospect of Sam marrying Jannalyn, the fact that they’re partners now (removing an obvious barrier) and the many times Sookie has thought and said what a great catch Sam is. Most of all, she has the ability to relax around him b/c shifters are harder to read. This does lead me to my biggest question about the ending of this series: how will she be protected from the vampire world w/out the protection of her marriage to Eric. I think that could be a major plot point in the final book and I hope a great source of suspense. I have a feeling DEA will be a blast since so many loose ends have already been tied up and I give a lot of credit to Charlaine Harris for that brilliant choice. I will be very sad to see this story go. Would love a spinoff written from Eric’s POV, though that’s just one of those fantastical dreams I know have almost no chance of happening. Thanks Liz n Mel for this site. It’s the only True Blood fan site I visit.

  22. Susienebraska

    May 7, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    I am going to buy this book tomorrow. Anyhow, the true romantic I am, I had hoped Sookie would use the Cluvial Dor to turn Bill to human, so they can marry and have babies. Wishful thinking.

  23. Stephanie

    May 9, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    I thought I read that Eric had to vampire children too… This book was everything I hoped it’d be and more! I have no speculations regarding Sookie’s love life but I hope whatever decision she makes will make her happy. I was shocked to find out about Claude, I was apparently blind due to his beauty, lol. I’ll miss Dermont but I’m glad all the fae went happily. I loved Sookie’s bday party, as small a part it was, but it was great! I love Sookie and all my hopes for DEA are just that she’s happy at the end, I’m just looking for a happy ending but I know this is CH we’re talking about not Walt Disney so I guess we’ll see…

  24. Tonie86

    May 10, 2012 at 10:01 am

    What’s up with the living will? Will Sookie die in the last book? I hope she end up with Eric. Her and Sam doesnt really have some sparks. I miss Eric affection for Sookie from the previous books.

  25. Kim

    May 12, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    I really liked this book. It was quiet and introspective and we really got to know Sookie. Plus, it is nice to see CH open the door for some of the other male characters. That serves to make things more interesting and not so predictable. I liked the parts with Sookie and Sam and I think they are a match made in heaven. There were several times I found myself quietly saying,” OMG Sam I just love you.” I also loved the parts with Bill and Sookie. There scenes were very entertaining and I would have loved to have had more of them.

    Even though Sookie seems to be opening the door to other men in her life, I don’ t think it’s the end of Eric and Sookie as some readers are fearing. Sookie repeatedly says that she still loves Eric and I believe she does. But I also think she’s seeing all of him, for the first time, and she’s honestly asking herself if she’s willing to accept the bad that will go along with any lifelong commitment with him. I really felt for Sookie when she caught Eric on her bed feeding from another woman. She has always known that he feeds from others. But seeing is a lot different and far more difficult to accept than simply knowing it goes on. For Sookie this is like coming home and finding your husband on your bed kissing another woman and saying it was just kissing. She is deeply hurt. Plus, when Eric told Sookie that there had been no one but her since they have been married leaves a big question mark about whether or not there were others when they were just dating.

  26. Kristen

    May 13, 2012 at 12:54 am

    I loved the book, but my heart is breaking. I’ve been an Eric fan from the start. He is usually so funny and flirty, and the attention and love (not to mention the physical love) he shows for Sookie is just drool-worthy. He is going through a hard time, doesn’t know what to do, and I completely understand why he is acting the way he is. That doesn’t mean it isn’t hard to watch (read).

    I agree with others saying that Sookie/Sam relationship would be such a awkward, easy decision for Charlaine to make. Sookie has not gone through so much with Eric to just slum it with the easy (even if it might be the most logical) choice in the end. It just wouldn’t make sense, no matter which way you look at it. Sookie and Sam are best friends. Theyve worked with each other for years. She saved him for that reason. Not because she wanted to spend the rest of her life with him and have little puppies with him (I know, not possible, but I had to say it).

    I am so ready for Sookie to be happy and for all this drama to be over, though I wouldnt mind if she kept writing new Sookie books forever! I love all of the books, no matter which way Charlaine takes them. Like you guys said, she is telling her story, no matter what the fans want her to do, and I give her props for that. Just had to put my two cents in. We can all hope!

    Great podcast ladies!

    Kristen 🙂