By Charlaine Harris
Published: May 1, 2012
Deadlocked is more of a mystery than the other recent books in this series. A girl is found murdered on the lawn at Eric's house shortly after he drank from her. The victim also appears to have been doused with fairy blood to make her more appealing. Sookie and Bill work together to try to figure out who actually killed the girl and what it has to do with Eric, Sookie, and the presence of Felipe de Castro, Vampire King of Louisiana. At the same time, Sookie has other drama in her life from the fairies and Sam's jealous girlfriend (and Were) Jannalynn Hopper.
There is a lot going on in this book but not much in the romance department which will disappoint some series fans. As someone who is tired of reading about the Eric/Sookie relationship, I found the focus on the mystery to be refreshing. I did expect that this book would help to shape the final novel but in the end I still felt that there will be a lot of ends to wrap up.
As far as the mystery, I wasn't completely surprised by the identity of Sookie's betrayer and I'm not completely sold on that person's involvement unfortunately though I still enjoyed the mystery element. There is one big moment towards the end involving Sookie and Sam that I also liked, though it was sad. For people who are big fans of the secondary characters like Tara and Jason, there are some nice moments of normalcy and finding out how people are doing. There is a theme of new beginnings in the air and hopefully Sookie will have her own new beginning in the final book.
Overall even with the flaws, I thought this was a better book than Dead in the Family and the other recent entries in the series. I am hopeful that the series will end well (and dare I say a happily ever after for Sookie that doesn't involve a vampire).