Thursday, May 10, 2012
If you're a fan of the Sookie Stackhouse series written by Charlaine Harris, then you more than likely a fan of the hit HBO series True Blood.
Author: Charlaine Harris
Series: Sookie Stackhouse #12
Reading level: Ages 18 and up
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Ace (May 1, 2012)
In Deadlocked, Ms. Harris' 12th installment to the Stackhouse series, I felt a bit disappointed. As in her previous installments, the story was usually chocked full of mystery, action, intrigue and sexy. Deadlocked wasn't much of any of these. Sookie spent the better part of the book mad at Eric. Bill had more of a part than Eric and although it did move the story line forward, it just fell way short of what I was expecting.
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.
True to the first 11 installments, Sookie's voice was incredible. Like most all Southern Belles, she was funny, charismatic and just plain sassy, which first brought me to love the series. I just think the story fell way short of what it could have been. Eric seemed like a whiny-baby as opposed to the sultry, sexy Viking King he is. Nothing was really resolved as far as the King was concerned (which I understood to be the whole point. The King was visiting to determine what happened to his Regent and all that jazz). There wasn't any real violence per se (and I'm not saying it should have been filled with gore, just wondering what happened to this one when all the others were pretty full of action).
All in all, it was a good read, but could have been better. What did you think?
Self-proclaimed Southern Duchess
Posted by Leslie Nash at 8:43 AM
Book review Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris