Published - 1st May 2012
Publisher - Gollancz
Format - Hardback
Synopsis - Sookie has a murder investigation on her hands. A
young girl has died at a vampire party - and it looks as though her
lover, Eric, might be responsible. Eric swears he didn't do it, the
police don't believe him, and even Sookie isn't so sure. Nor is she
inclined to take his word for it, not having caught him enjoying the
victim's blood minutes before she was killed. But something
strange is going on. Why had Sookie been asked to come to the fateful
party a few minutes early - just to catch Eric in the act? And why had
the victim spiked her own blood before approaching Eric? Was it simply
because she wanted to be irresistable, or was it something more
sinister? Sookie will have to find out ... but it's the worst
moment to investigate, as her Fae family are having troubles of their
own and Sookie is, inevitably, drawn in. And there is one last
complication. The cluviel dor her grandmother left her. It will grant
her one wish, which could fulfil Sookie's heart's desire. The only
problem is, she still doesn't know what - or who - her heart truly
Deadlocked is the penultimate book in the Southern Vampires series by Charlaine Harris ... and things are hotting up!
I enjoyed Deadlocked at least 3 times more than the previous book and I can only assume that's because there wasn't a 2-3 year gap between reading them ;) There is only one book left in the series now and it definitely feels like everything is coming to a close.
Deadlocked centres around a plot to take Eric down, but nobody seems to know who is at the heart of it and there are an awful lot of coincidences. Deadlocked definitely felt like more of a mystery book than a vampire book that features a mystery, if that makes sense. Sookie's suspicions start to close in on people who are closest to her and as always, it's difficult to know who to trust. Especially as it seems Eric is keeping his distance and secrets far from Sookie, too.
As in the last book, Sookie is fraught over the cluviel dor and what she is supposed to with it. With the Queen closing in on Eric and the likelihood of him staying with Sookie getting slimmer and slimmer, Sookie has the chance to use it to save her relationship...but does she? I will say that the cluviel dor is finally used but on who? It definitely leaves a lot of questions unanswered about who Sookie's true love really is.
I've started putting together some theories for what will happen and where Sookie will end up (and who with!) in the final book but i'm not to sure where the story is really going now. I'm looking forward to finishing the series finally.