Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse #12) by Charlaine Harris

DeadlockedSookie has a murder investigation on her hands.

A young girl has died at a vampire party – and it looks as though her lover, Eric, might be responsible. Eric swears he didn’t do it, the police don’t believe him, and even Sookie isn’t so sure. Nor is she inclined to take his word for it, not having caught him enjoying the victim’s blood minutes before she was killed.

But something strange is going on. Why had Sookie been asked to come to the fateful party a few minutes early – just to catch Eric in the act? And why had the victim spiked her own blood before approaching Eric? Was it simply because she wanted to be irresistable, or was it something more sinister?

Sookie will have to find out … but it’s the worst moment to investigate, as her Fae family are having troubles of their own and Sookie is, inevitably, drawn in. And there is one last complication. The cluviel dor her grandmother left her. It will grant her one wish, which could fulfil Sookie’s heart’s desire. The only problem is, she still doesn’t know what – or who – her heart truly desires.

Yep, it’s confession time again. I’ve read every Sookie Stackhouse book in the series. As a matter of fact, I’ve read several of them more than once – and no, that’s not the confession. The real reason that I’m coming clean here is because this is the very first Sookie Stackhouse book that I’ve written a review for. I know, that’s totally unacceptable and I honestly plan on fixing that eventually. In my defense, I didn’t start out reviewing every book that I read. I actually skipped the reviews on popular books because I figured I had nothing to add to the 100’s of reviews that were already submitted. Long story short, I’ve learned my lesson and I now review every book I read. Once I find time and get the urge to revisit Sookie’s world from beginning to end I’ll take care of my lapse in judgement and add my reviews in the mix. Now, back to my review of Deadlocked.

Things haven’t gotten any easier for Sookie. Eric is still her boyfriend, Sam is still her boss (and business partner but no one is supposed to know that), Bill is still in love with her and her Fae relatives are still as mysterious (and scary at times) as usual. The only thing that ever really changes for Sookie is where the danger in her life is coming from.

So if it’s always the same old thing, why do I stick with the series? Simple. I like the characters. I like Jason’s simpleness. I like Eric’s arrogance and Pam’s aloofness (with everyone but Eric and Sookie.) I like Sam’s loyalty to Sookie and his friends (even though his taste in women leaves little to be desired.) I even enjoy Bill’s not so subtle reminders to Sookie that he is the vampire she should be with. Reading another installment of this series is like meeting old friends after not seeing them for a while.

So what about Deadlocked itself? There were a few twists and turns and even a few surprises. Sookie came to a few realizations, but I don’t know if she’s any closer to figuring out who her HEA will finally be. As far as who I think she should end up with? This may be hard to believe, but I don’t have an opinion one way or another. I’ve stuck with Charlaine Harris through this journey so far and I’m perfectly willing to see it through and accept whoever she has determined Sookie should be with. I have to admit though that it is time for the series to come to a close. I’ve enjoyed my time in Bon Temps, but all great journeys need to end sooner or later and I’ll be perfectly content to say good-bye once I read the final chapter in Dead Ever After.



3 comments on “Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse #12) by Charlaine Harris

    • I caved and downloaded Dead Ever After yesterday. I started it last night and I’m already 40% done. It’s bitter sweet because it is good-bye, but even though I’ve enjoyed it I think it’s time. I’ll be finished this weekend for sure, but I probably will save my review until after Bout-of-Books.

      • It’s sad to end a series. But once there are 10 books in a series, I think it deserves to wrap it up while the going is good & not tired.

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