Deadlocked is the 12th book in the Sookie Stackhouse Novels.
Back cover synopsis:
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.
Unfortunately I was let down again. I am a huge fan of the Sookie Stackhouse Novels, up through book 9 at least. This is a unique fantasy series that brings us a whole new take on vamps, weres and fairies. That being said, the last three books have been truly lacking, each one more so than the last. The characters seem to be changing to suit that particular book now and not staying true to the people we've come to know throughout the series, especially Eric, Sam and Alcide. It seemed like they had totally different personalities in this book. I'm a huge Eric fan so of course I was also disappointed that there wasn't more Eric/Sookie time but I could have forgiven that if I was wrapped up in the story. There was a main story arc, but for the most part it seemed like random things going on in Sookie's day to day life. I was hesitant to even write a review on this book as I don't want to deter anyone from reading this series if they haven't started it yet. Like I said, it was an amazing series for many books and I would still highly recommend it. The next book will be the last of the series, which I can only guess that perhaps the author realizes that it's time to end it as well. On a positive note, thanks to the Charlaine Harris series and HBO we will have a brand new season of True Blood starting this Sunday!