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Publisher's Summary

It’s vampire politics as usual around the town of Bon Temps, but never before have they hit so close to Sookie’s heart….

Growing up with telepathic abilities, Sookie Stackhouse realized early on there were things she'd rather not know. And now that she's an adult, she also realizes that some things that she knows about, she'd rather not see—like Eric Northman feeding off another woman. A younger one.

There's a thing or two she'd like to say about that, but she has to keep quiet—Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), is in town. It’s the worst possible time for a human body to show up in Eric's front yard—especially the body of the 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 set out to make Sookie's world come crashing down.

©2012 Charlaine Harris, Inc. (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC

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Were Oh Where has Sookie Gone?

Any additional comments?

It is a RARE situation when I give a book anything less than 5 stars because I don't read (and certainly don't review) books that I don't LOVE. After finishing Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse #12), I decided to make an exception AND take one star away for the blatantly obvious missing component of this book.

Any Sookie Stackhouse fan will tell you, there is a dangerous lust that we absolutely love and have come to expect to be within the covers of each of the stories. I've waited for an entire year for this installment and assumed I'd be met with a paranormal adventure along with some jaw-dropping passion...as has been customary for Sookie Stackhouse books. With each page, it became more apparent my expectations were not going to be met. In fact, I was beyond disappointed when the book abruptly ended. Frantic, I searched to see if there was more. There was not. Ahh!

Please note: Mrs. Harris, it is not nice to toy with the emotions of your die-hard fans or to completely change the very make-up of the characters we've come to know and love.

Now, that I've formally lodged my complaint, I will say the Sookie Stackhouse book is filled with all the familiar characters/dialogue I've come to love. Sookie still gets bogged down in the monotony of life (work, grocery store, Sonic, Dairy Queen,...). Usually, I don't mind these boring detours because there are some exciting moments to balance them out. That cannot be said for Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse #12).

One final observation. It unfortunately, symbolizes the tone of the entire book. The vampire birthday party for Sookie was handled in a very odd manner. By this, I mean Eric, Bill, and Pam were out in Sookie's yard. Instead of allowing them to have a witty conversation among themselves where we see that the vampires closest to Sookie love her, Mrs. Harris had Eric say something like 'Imagine Bill has just proclaimed his undying love to you and Pam has paid you a snarky compliment that tells you she loves you.' She did this rather than allow the character's personalities to show through with their own real dialogue. She robbed us of the opportunity to interpret the meaning of their proclamation/snarky compliments.

No matter what, I'm committed to this series and will continue to read them until the last one is written. I just hope the next one brings back all the things we love about the series, its storyline, and its author.

T. R. Graves, author
Warriors of the Cross
Guardians of the Cross
Enemies of the Cross

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When's the next book???!!!!

Just love the Sookie Stackhouse series! Great entertainment, great characters, great stories!!!!! Have been waiting for this one, & now ready for the next! Have read them all & have NEVER been disappointed!

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  • Georgi
  • Ocean Springs, MS
  • 05-09-12

Better Than Dead Reckoning

This is so much better than Dead Reckoning was, I really enjoyed it. I know a lot of reviewers are complaining about the end, but I thought it was great. bill's voice has changed, not for the better, but otherwise this was a great performance and a good story. I am glad they got rid of one of the female characters.

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  • val
  • Indiana, USA
  • 05-08-12

One thumb up... one thumb down...

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

If you have read the other sookie books you have to read it . Nothing great happens but if you want to finish the series i guess it is important.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Boringgg

What three words best describe Johanna Parker???s voice?

young, southern, high

Was Deadlocked worth the listening time?

yes

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  • Meredith
  • Charlotte, NC, United States
  • 05-07-12

Good Ol' Sookie!

Not sure exactly how much "action" the negative reviewers expect in a Sookie novel, but I found the balance between Sookie's inner monologue and the actual plot to be spot on in this volume.

I listen to Sookie books to visit a friend in a fun place and to smile a lot, not only at her actions but her reactions to the situations she's in. This installment in the series is "just right". Well worth a credit or $20 for 10 hour glass of sweet tea.

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  • LR
  • 05-07-12

Moves the Series along but somehow not satisfying

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

If you are into the series, then you have to listen to this one.

Would you recommend Deadlocked to your friends? Why or why not?

If you haven't listened to the series before, don't start here.

What about Johanna Parker’s performance did you like?

Johanna Parker is simply perfect as Sookie. She brings the series to life.

Could you see Deadlocked being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

True Blood deviates a bit from the books, but provides sensational television. Anna Paquin as Sookie is also a delight.

Any additional comments?

While this book moves the series along, I found the way it ended a bit frustrating. If you are a big fan of Pam, Bill and Eric, you will be disappointed with the storyline. The upside of the book is that it does offer some interesting twists and turns that the reader cannot ignore. Overall, it is worth listening to, just not as enjoyable as some of the earlier works.

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This is the best, easy listening, series.

I have listened to them all and in no particular order and enjoyed every one. I know some listeners believe the series should end but not me. Deadlocked is more like a tv series season finale; a cliffhanger leaving you wanting more. I can not wait until next season. Johanna Parker has the perfect accent for Sookie, who grew up in Louisiana. Without her narration, the stories might not be so easy listening.

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  • Emory
  • Nashville, TN, United States
  • 05-05-12

Charlaine Harris again doesn't disappoint

What did you love best about Deadlocked?

I love the voice of Johanna Parker. The audio had a multiple story line all going on at the same time. Then as always the stories are concluded by the end of the book.

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  • Kathy
  • FORT COLLINS, COLORADO, United States
  • 05-05-12

Kind of disappointed in Deadlocked

First off I am a huge fan of the other Sookie Stachouse books.I have been waiting for this book to come out for a long time so that may be the source of part of my disappointment. I feel like Charlaine Harris should have spent another year working on "Deadlocked" because it seems like at least 85% of the book is a recap of everything that went on in all the other books. This book is almost like a very short story with all the other books wrapped around it. ..doesn't feel like the author put much thought in it at all. Not much plot, Sookie is not as spunky as she is in the other books and there is not very much action in it all. Most of the favorite characters are out of town for a good deal of the book as well.

I think the saving feature in Deadlocked is the narrator Johanna Parker. She has such a charming voice and she really does a wonderful job at making all the characters different. I think I would like to see how she does at other non-Sookie books.

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  • Sheryl
  • AURORA, CO, United States
  • 05-05-12

This better not be the last

Last year, CH said this might be the last Sookie book. If it is, I'll have to find a witch to cast a horrible spell on her. The story was good, but the ending was far too ambiguous. In fact, I first thought I hadn't gotten the complete download and had to recheck that I had the end of the book.....getting a little sadistic leaving us hanging like that Ms. Harris.