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.
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- Publisher: Penguin Publishing
- Release Date: May 1st, 2012
- Series: Sookie Stackhouse Series
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** Warning - this review contains MINOR spoilers of Deadlocked and previous Books in the series **
Let me just start off by saying that I love this series! I really enjoy Sookie’s point of view and adventures. I also really like that this is a different kind of Urban Fantasy, not so Urban after all, but set in a more bucolic and simple environment, giving a totally different feel to the series.
I love the mix of intricate and insane plots, right along side with everyday life ones. I totally believe that, that balance is one of the secrets that makes the Sookie books are so successful.
That being said, I was rather underwhelmed by Deadlocked. I liked that some smaller plots got their closure in a way, but it felt like a transition book overall and it lacked the emotional roller coaster I tend to expect from this series.
Eric and Sookie’s relationship is in a crash course and I did not feel much emotion from Sookie regarding that at all. My girl, Dani from ALPHA Reader, put it very well when she said:
“It’s safe to say that Eric and Sookie getting together was built up more in fan’s minds than what has come across on the page."
That's exactly how I felt too! I haven't been so happy with their relationship and Deadlocked just put the nail in the coffin for me. A book with NO sexy time between the main couple, might be a huge red flag to where Charlaine is taking this series.
In my opinion, Dani hits the nail on the head when she says: "Sookie thinks a lot about whether or not Eric will choose Freyda – but isn’t really all that sad, it seems. She’s actually kind of resolute that Eric will most likely choose the path of more power. And if her mind ever veers towards a ‘woe is me, Eric won’t choose me’ thinking, she quickly squashes the thought."
For me it felt like since apparently Eric is not her HEA, Charlaine is trying to dissuade Team Eric from rooting for it. It’s like she is preparing us for the real HEA and I for one am scared of who will it be, someone we already know or a brand new character.
All in all, Deadlocked was not even close to the best book in the series, but it was still great to get lost in Sookie’s world, it is just that I have come to expect so much more from Charlaine Harris.