Being on the 12th book in the Sookie Stackhouse series, I know how each book works and functions in this long and fantastic series. While each book is written to be a standalone story, they really need to be read in order, as a group. The reason I say this is that each book falls into one of two categories: books that set up a major event that will be discussed in later books, or books that are meant to advance character development. Deadlocked falls more into the latter category. With the thirteenth book marking the end of the series, Charlaine has spent books 11 (Dead Reckoning) and 12 (Deadlocked) prepping us for what is sure to be a blockbuster ending.
In Deadlocked, we start off with a bit of a problem (as all Sookie books seem to begin). Eric Northman, Sheriff of District 5 in Louisiana, finds himself with a dead woman on his front lawn. If this wasn’t bad enough, Eric also drank from this woman earlier, although he’s not sure whether or not this actually contributed to her death. As the official district 5 investigator, Bill is assigned to investigate the incident, and he recruits Sookie to help him solve the murder. Although she is only involved in the investigation, there is much more at play here, as Sookie finds that she is facing an enemy that is far more powerful than she’s ever faced before. Will she and Bill be able to solve the murder? Will Sookie have enough power to face this fierce enemy?
As much as it pains me to say it, this book was kind of disappointing. This is tough, because this is truly one of my favorite book series. Harris writes with a ton of humor, Sookie is a spunky character, and Eric is sexy as hell! It’s obvious that Harris has a way with words, as millions of readers worldwide devour Sookie books left and right. It’s the direction of the series as a whole that has been revealed in this book that gets to me. I know this is setting us up for the big finale, and there must be an ending for Bill, Sookie, Eric, and the other residents of Bon Temps, but after 12 books of the hemming and hawing that we see from Sookie regarding Eric and Bill, the supernatural world vs. natural world… Well, I can’t exactly say what disappointed me (it would be a major spoiler), just wished that Sookie would make better choices. Other than this, there were parts here and there that reminded me of the old Sookie, and it was a warm and comfortable feeling, complete with her normal humorous commentary that always makes me laugh. Book 13 better blow me out of the water, for I’ve spent two books now being set up for some major plot action! I can’t wait for this final piece of the puzzle to come in. May of 2013 can’t come soon enough!
3 out of 5 stars
Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris
Penguin Group (2012)
Hardcover: 336 pages