Deadlocked is the twelfth book in the Sookie Stackhouse series from Charlaine Harris. These books are basically paranormal crack. And much like crack, you can’t get enough of them the first few times around, then they began to lose their luster, and by the end, it barely brings you any pleasure, but you’re hooked and you keep on reading because it might get better and feel like it used to*.
For those unfamiliar with the series, Sookie Stackhouse is a nice Southern girl, who works in her friend’s bar, lives in her Gran’s old house, oh, and she’s a telepath that can hear that thoughts of others. In her world, vampires have come out and announced to society that they exist, and with this revelation many other supernatural creatures enter the picture as well.
Stupid analogies aside, I’ve been frustrated with the last couple of books; where they used to be frenetically paced and jam-packed with action, Harris seems to have swung the pendulum in the opposite direction… now we get detailed descriptions of Sookie’s breakfast cereal choices. There needs to be a balance, a lull in action sometimes, but that lull should not constitute an entire book (or several). That was my frustration with books ten and eleven; twelve was a 50/50 split. The first half of the book revealed the same glacial pace that has characterized the last few, but blissfully the action started to pick up in the last half. I was almost ready to give up in frustration, but I was recovering from surgery so I didn’t have much else to do other than sit around in a recliner and read.
Frankly, if you’ve made it to book twelve, you’re probably in as deep as I am, so you may as well jump in. There’s not much new to report; Harris follows her story setup from previous books. A mystery or problem is presented (usually involving a dead body, or several), Sookie puzzles over it, Sookie gets put in danger, mystery is resolved, Sookie thinks she should stop hanging around supernatural beings but doesn’t. For me, the draw has always been the characters – Pam and Eric especially. The fae play a large part in this book, and really I think that’s where the series went downhill for me, I really hate all the fae storylines. But I digress. Harris has said that book thirteen will be her last Sookie Stackhouse and I think that’s a wise choice. I think we’ve gone about three books too long as it is. Bottom line: If you’ve made it this far in the series, it’s not a terrible way to spend a day or two; it’s a quick beachy kind of read and it definitely entertains in some parts. If you’ve never read these, the first few are great if you like paranormal with a side of quirk.
*This is totally true and accurate. Maybe. I don’t know, I’ve never actually done crack.