Title: Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse # 12)
Author: Charlaine Harris
Publication Date: 1st May 2012
Source: Bought Copy
With Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), in town, it’s the worst possible time for a body to show up in Eric Northman’s front yard—especially the body of a 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 out to make Sookie’s world come crashing down. (Goodreads Synopsis)
It feels to me that, with this book, the series is starting to wind down to a close. This instalment lacked some of the excitement of previous books, but it did start to connect and finalise a few loose ends, bringing some of the previously distant storylines together.
I still enjoyed this book, but I feel that this one (and the couple that came before it) lacked some of the spark of the earlier parts of the series. As much as I love the series and the characters, I do feel it is time to make an end of it - and this book seems to indicate things are heading in that direction.
I was disappointed to find Eric hardly featured in this book, even though, in some ways, he is pivotal to the storyline. But instead he hovered in the background and barely got to say even a few words.
That said, it was still an enjoyable read and I will still be buying the next book when it comes out as I do wish to continue with the series and see how it ends. But this one is not a standout book in the series for me.