Monday, March 11, 2013

Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris

Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris
2012, Ace Books
Series: Book 12 of Sookie Stackhouse

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 desires ...

The Good: Sookie is getting closer to her happily ever after. She's narrowing down her choices and honestly, it's really about time. She's still acting naive and reckless, but that's true to her character's personality. She's grown a lot over the series in regards to existing and surviving in a world of supes, but not so much in the romance department. And that's okay. Some people really do suck this much at understanding relationships and while annoying at times, that makes Sookie more believable to me.

The Bad: More and more of the TV show is seeping into this series. I absolutely hate that. I mean, come on, just because the series in now a show does not mean you start writing your books to mesh with the show. The show is going in another direction and one would hope an author would stay true to their own vision.

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