An astute Sookieverse reader emailed me in the dead of the night with an interesting little find from the Rising Shadow book blog. Those of you who were around last year will recall that they had the first unofficial synopsis for Deadlocked.
This synopsis is by no means official, but if past experiences serve as a guide, it’s probably more or less correct. Any changes will just give less away.
Sookie finds it easy to turn down the request of former barmaid Arlene when she wants her job back at Merlotte’s. After all, Arlene tried to have Sookie killed. But her relationship with Eric Northman is not so clearcut. He and his vampires are keeping their distance…and a cold silence. And when Sookie learns the reason why, she is devastated.
Then a shocking murder rocks Bon Temps, and Sookie is arrested for the crime.
But the evidence against Sookie is weak, and she makes bail. Investigating the killing, she’ll learn that what passes for truth in Bon Temps is only a convenient lie. What passes for justice is more spilled blood. And what passes for love is never enough…
We learned from Charlaine a few months back that Arlene would appear in the final instalment. Sookie’s being arrested would also tie in neatly with comments in that interview about Sookie’s friends rallying around and things “looking very, very bad” for her.
I know there’ll be widespread panic about Eric keeping his distance, and Sookie’s “devastation” on discovering his reasons. Sure, this is meant to look like Eric capitulated to Freyda’s demands and went through with the marriage…which is why I’m pretty sure that’s NOT what happens. You don’t sell books by being that obvious, I’m afraid. Along with the final line (which could be a veiled reference to Eric, but could also just as easily relate to Bill), I’m calling it as one big ole trollin’. Who knows, there’s still time for Bill to show his true colours. Just sayin’.
AND SOMEONE’S GONNA DIE. DUN-DUN-DUN-DHUHHHN. Any takers on that one? It feels like a major character to me.
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