I’m so glad that Charlaine Harris brought the mystery back to Deadlocked, the twelfth book in the Southern Vampires/Sookie Stackhouse series. Though, it did take a lot of pages before we got to the finding of the dead body; there was a lot of Sookie’s life, the in-between bits, that were included in this story. I liked the book, a definite improvement on Dead Reckoning. However, I felt like it was too long. There were a lot of Sookie-thinking moments; it could have been maybe fifty pages shorter. I wonder it there’s a sort of page count they aim for with these types of books. All the Sookie books are about the same length.
I digress. I liked it. I’m happy I liked it. I liked the mystery. I liked the solution to the mystery. I’ve gotten to really like Dermot. I also wonder about Claude’s motivations. I wonder if he somehow blames Niall for his sisters’ deaths. I’m glad for Jason and Tara and all of Sookie’s friends. I’m hoping that Sookie and Amelia mend their relationship before the end of the final book. I always really liked Amelia and though she’s too impulsive, I think she might have been the most understanding friend Sookie ever had (except for Sam).
Why is it always Bill or Eric? I'm sure there are readers, who think Sookie would be better off with a non-vampire, like Sam. I love Sam. Sookie deserves better than what Eric has been giving her. Bill didn’t do much better. I do have to question Sam’s choices in women. The next book is the last. I hope that it tells us who Sookie will end up with, but I’d have to understand it Charlaine Harris left it a bit open. After all, Sookie is only… 27? I know lots of people who were/are unmarried/single at that age.
Deadlocked brought me back to loving the series. Though not my favourite book of the series, it was an enjoyable read and has left me eager for the thirteenth and final book.