Review: Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris
In the twelfth book of the very popular book series that gave birth to a popular HBO series, Charlaine Harris once again takes us south to the fictional Louisiana hamlet of Bon Temps and the never dull life of her most popular heroine, Sookie Stackhouse.
For those unfamiliar with the series, I suggest you go back to the beginning with Dead Until Dark because there is simply too much to recap. For a postage stamp sized glimpse, I will offer the following: Sookie Stackhouse is a barmaid at Merlotte’s Bar in the little town of Bon Temps, Louisiana. In the world Charlaine Harris has created, vampires have recently proclaimed their existence as fact to the rest of the world- but they mean no harm, they insist. They just want to be part of society. This fact intrigues Sookie rather than repulsing her, since she is not exactly the “girl next door” herself. She reads minds. Not just random, stray stuff either. She can hear exactly what people are thinking. There is one exception to the rule, though- vampires. She discovers this interesting fact when she saves the life of local vampire, Bill Compton. Bill is Sookie’s first in so many ways, but most of all he is her introduction into a world of supernatural things she was unaware were already surrounding her.
That’s it for the glimpse for the uninitiated. For more you must simply go back to the beginning and read the books. A word of warning though- if you thought that watching the HBO series True Blood would serve as a substitute for the first 4 or 5 books you are woefully mistaken. You will be misdirected and unprepared for what follows. Think of them as parallel universes, with some of the people doing very different things in a place that looks similar.
Now for Deadlocked.
In part twelve of the saga of Sookie, we find her once again immersed up to her telepathic eyeballs in an overlapping mixture of vampire politics, fairy intrigue, murder and “family” drama. In other words, it’s just another day for Sookie. The vampire politics – especially as they regard the status of her relationship with her “husband” Eric- is the most prevalent theme. Although, things are never exactly as they seem in Bon Temps- especially as they relate to Sookie. Her life exists in so many separate worlds that it is increasingly hard for her to know whom she can trust and where she should turn. Many of the books in this series have been transitional- closing one door (or many) and opening up others. Deadlocked is such a book. There are only a few ends that are neatly tied up, but so many more remain intriguingly unresolved. A lot of fans will feel unsatisfied with the apparent ending to Deadlocked, but as it goes with life in Bon Temps, I believe things are not exactly as they seem.
For now we will all have to be satisfied with the ambiguous end of this most recent glimpse into the life of Sookie and the rich assortment of characters that populate her world. At least until the thirteenth installment comes out in the spring of 2013…
Review by , Brenda Seward
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