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This is the 12th, and penultimate, book in the Sookie Stackhouse series so this review may contain spoilers for previous books.

“And I suppose, as usual, Bill will want to express his undying love that surpasses my love, as he’ll tell you – and Pam will want to say something sarcastic and nearly painful, while reminding you that she loves you, too.”

For those of you worried that the Sookie series had fizzled out before its finale, fear not, it has got back on track with Deadlocked. They started out as mysteries with a supernatural element and poor Sookie would always end up at the centre of a very big mess. So it’s good to see it returning to that formula. This time, a woman is murdered on Eric’s lawn during an unwanted house party. Her blood had traces of fairy in it and it would seem someone was trying to frame Eric or at least make Sookie mad.

For me, reading the Sookie books is like revisiting old friends. The series is coming to a close and it’s nice to see the minor characters getting their lives sorted, even if Sookie is still as confused as ever. There are lots of lovely little every day things going on on Bon Temps amongst the supernatural chaos.

The cluviel dor gets mentioned a bit too much, whether or not she could keep it with her, whether she should use it and what for. In Dead Reckoning, it was revealed that it will grant one wish in the name of love and that point is hammered home repeatedly. Yes, it’s first person narrative, and it was playing on Sookie’s mind but her thoughts were a little repetitive and made it a little bit obvious that something was going to happen with it.

Eric’s gone back to being his uncommunicative self and Sookie is frustrated. Knowing why the victim was at the party might help her understand what’s going on in her boyfriend’s head. We don’t get to see a whole lot of Eric in this story, which may disappoint some fans, but it sets the scene for the final instalment which will be much anticipated.

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  1. Sam (Tiny Library)

    I'm at about book 7 in this series – I really need to pick them up again!

  2. Hanna @ Booking in Heels

    I really did want to like these books, but I just couldn't get into them. I think I got through the first two or so, but then gave up. Maybe it was the writing style? I much prefer the Undead and Unwed series – they're even trashier but they amuse me 🙂

  3. Brooke

    I haven't picked up a Sookie book in awhile. Things just got so off course for me. Not to mention I always fizzle out in the middle of really long series. I think I stopped reading 3 books ago. Maybe one day I'll finish the series!

  4. kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews

    I'm glad it got 4 stars from you, I agree this series is like an old friend – has been with us for ages and it's strange to see it coming to an end. On the other hand I'm glad Charlaine is closing it – it's time 🙂 I'm looking forward to Deadlocked 🙂 Lovely review, Ellie!

  5. Unknown

    FUnny. I loved this book. I found it better than 11. I am just getting tired of people complaining. I love ERic's character so deminare, charming, how we want our men to be a little old fashioned would be nice. If really love the series then we'll love the books no matter where they may end. EVEn if we may not like how it ended we will love it. Just like twilight., I wanted Jacob, still do. But by darn it. I still am a fanatic. Let's just home CHArlaine harris makes the last book a damb best ever….go out with a bang.

    1. Ellie

      I did like this much more than Dead Reckoning – I'm not sure where I say otherwise? I didn't live it ok, but 4 stars from me is pretty good. I'm not complaining except for the repetitive nature of the cluviel dor bits!

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