I could not wait to get my hands on Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse, Book 12), the newest installment of Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series. I confess, I have an emotional attachment to these books, which are completely different from the HBO series based on them. Although I’d read them all previously, two years ago my wonderful husband purchased what was then the newest book (Dead Reckoning (Book 11) for me to read while I was in the hospital awaiting the birth of our son. He was a very testy sleeper, so I re-read all ten of the preceding books in the wee hours of the night, while I sat up with him for weeks. These books are just pure fun!
Here is a brief overview of Deadlocked:
It’s vampire politics as usual around the town of Bon Temps, but never before have they hit so close to Sookie’s heart…
Growing up with telepathic abilities, Sookie Stackhouse realized early on there were things she’d rather not know. And now that she’s an adult, she also realizes that some things she knows about, she’d rather not see—like Eric Northman feeding off another woman. A younger one.
There’s a thing or two she’d like to say about that, but she has to keep quiet—Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), is in town. It’s the worst possible time for a human body to show up in Eric’s front yard—especially the body of the woman whose blood he just drank.
Now, it’s up to Sookie and Bill, the official Area Five investigator, to solve the murder. Sookie thinks that, at least this time, the dead girl’s fate has nothing to do with her. But she is wrong. She has an enemy, one far more devious than she would ever suspect, who’s set out to make Sookie’s world come crashing down.
Sounds entertaining, right? Well, as with all of her Sookie novels, Harris does not totally disappoint. There were more than a few points in the book when I found myself wishing things were progressing a bit faster. Similarly to Dead Reckoning, I felt like Harrris was tired of writing Sookie adventures and was ready to be finished with the series (I can almost understand that, but this is a beloved set of characters and I am of the opinion that she owes her fans more). Personalities of characters are markedly different that in other novels (Eric doesn’t seem himself, and not in a “spelled by a witch” sort of way). She redeemed the novel in the last two chapters. I was literally on the edge of my seat (and talking out loud, randomly saying things like “No way!”). Admittedly, I’m a little sad that this is the penultimate book in the series; I don’t want my little vacations to Bon Temps to end. At the same time, Harris ended this book in such a way that I absolutely cannot wait to read the next one! It seems like readers can see where Harris is pushing Sookie, and although I’m not a fan of that choice, I’m holding out hope that the final novel will be packed full of twists and turns and bombshells.
I’m not one for spoilers of any kind in a book review, so I’m trying very hard to not give anything away. I won’t comment on what happens with Sookie and Eric. You just have to go and read it for yourself! I’m struggling with whether or not I truly liked this book, as a stand alone novel, or if I’m just biased because of my attachment to the Sookie series. I think the latter opinion clouds my judgment; Harris is letting her fans down and needs to step it up for the finale.
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Ace; 1 edition (May 1, 2012)
Author’s Website: Charlaine Harris
*I own a copy of this book, and was not compensated in any way for this review*