Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse #12)
By Charlaine Harris
Published May 1st, 2012
3 hearts out of 5
From Goodreads: With Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), in town, it’s the worst possible time for a body to show up in Eric Northman’s front yard—especially the body of a 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 out to make Sookie’s world come crashing down.
I love Sookie Stackhouse. When I first picked up Dead Until Dark, the first book in the series, I thought I was going to hate it. I had seen True Blood on HBO first. I ended up reading the entire series, up until book nine in a matter of weeks, one right after the other. And then book nine in the series ended. And to me, it all fell apart…
But I keep reading, because I love Sookie. And in Deadlocked, you get the same Sookie, forever enjoying the tan on her legs, cooking in her kitchen and trips to the library. But there’s leftover trouble from the last book, Dead Reckoning, that needs fixin’. While this murder mystery is the main catalyst for the book, right behind it is Sookie’s musings about her future. She sees all her friends moving forward in their lives and she’s going nowhere.
And boy, this book went nowhere, too. Yeah, some doors were closed, some old faces came by and waved “hi” but a major issue that hung from the beginning remains all the way until the end.
Flat… this book was just flat. It was a quick read and honestly, it’s always a fun read for me to be immersed in “Sookie-verse”. But sex? Hmm, I think I briefly heard it mentioned or someone had some. Violence, gore, blood shed? Yep, there was a little. It’s always fun when Sookie tries to figure out what to do with a body.
Do you need to read this if you plan to read the final book in the series, Dead Ever After? Yes, I would. There are a lot details you’ll most likely need for the final book.
If you’ve given up on the series and you don’t care how it ends, is this worth picking the series back up for? Nah, not at all. It’ll just piss you off more.
I need to rage a little…
There’s a lot of controversy, arms up in the air, Charlaine Harris bashing over this series and where it’s going. Has she “phoned it in”? Does she care anymore? Have the voices in her head stopped talking to her and now she’s writing on her own? Who knows?!
I read a review of Deadlocked that I feel totally nailed some of what’s wrong. The Nocturnal Library is a blog I always follow and Maja has excellent taste in her reads (I like everything she does, or is it the other way around?). She wrote this review that you must check out, just ignore the bloated animal carcass references 🙂
My opinion? Ms. Harris totally f-ed up with Alcide! Especially in this book! WTH does this mean? “I can’t take anymore than I have on my plate…” after Sookie complains she’s tired and doesn’t want to go where her presence is requested. It’s only explained a little earlier that he cares more for the pack than anything else. Well that came out of left field!! And if he cared so much for the pack, how could he be so blind to what was going on in the pack? UGH!!!
I’m new to this whole thing about Ms. Harris regretting her blood bond between Eric and Sookie. I read that bit in Maja’s review and I about choked! I ran to Google to confirm (no offense, Maja!) and lo and behold, Ms. Harris regrets the one exciting bit between Eric and Sookie. When Sookie carelessly removed that bond, I was so entirely heartbroken for Eric.
If Sookie ends up with anyone other than Eric, I’m going to be, well, extremely distraught (anything else just puts me in the nutso category normally reserved for Twilight fans). If it’s Sam, that would be like a brother and sister hooking up. Ewwww. If Ms. Harris wanted a new person, they should have been brought in earlier. The only option I can see at this point is maybe Quinn. He’s seen the mistake he’s made and perhaps, because they ended on good terms, they can work it out.
We know Sookie would be better off with a supe so she can relax. Granted, she can block well now. But would it be enough to live with a human? Probably not.
I’m probably missing some stuff because I haven’t read a lot of the short stories. Do I need to? Will it help me cope with all this?