Author: Charlaine Harris
Publication Year: 2012
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
Source: Borrowed from the library
From the cover:
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 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 set out to make Sookie’s world come crashing down.
(This is the twelfth book in The Southern Vampire Mysteries series, after Dead Until Dark, Living Dead in Dallas, Club Dead, Dead to the World, Dead as a Doornail, Definitely Dead, All Together Dead, From Dead to Worse, Dead and Gone, Dead in the Family, and Dead Reckoning.)
After the last book, this one was a welcome improvement.
It wasn’t as good as the early books by a long shot, but Deadlocked at least had some action and intrigue to keep me invested in reading it. The murder mystery wasn’t as clearcut as some of them have been, so it was fun to keep reading and try to figure out what had happened. In the end, it was a bit of a surprise – something that’s been missing for a while in Harris’ universe.
One thing that bothered me was the character of Jannalynn, yet another female were who’s bitchy and devious. After Debbie and Crystal, plus Annabelle cheating on Alcide in Dead in the Family, it seems like the only way Harris knows how to write a female were is as somewhat crazy, disrespectful, and overly violent. Why aren’t there any friendly female weres in the books? Why can’t any of them seem to get along with other women?
I also didn’t like where the Sookie/Eric storyline was going by the end of the book. It just seems like Harris was trying to put every single obstacle possible in the way of Sookie’s happiness. Why can’t any single one of her romances work out? It’s just too much to be realistic at this point.