Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series #12)

Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series #12)

by Charlaine Harris


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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937007447
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Series: Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire Series
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Charlaine Harris is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse and Midnight, Texas, fantasy/mystery series and the Aurora Teagarden, Harper Connelly, and Lily Bard mystery series. Her books have inspired HBO’s True Blood, NBC’s Midnight, Texas, and the Aurora Teagarden movies for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. She has lived in the South her entire life.


Southern Arkansas

Date of Birth:

November 25, 1951

Place of Birth:

Tunica, Mississippi


B.A. in English and Communication Arts, Rhodes, 1973

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“Harris is a master at taking several paranormal worlds and plunging them into our reality with humor.” Tulsa World

“The Sookie Stackhouse series seamlessly mixes sensuality, violence and humor as readers experience the people of small-town Louisiana through Sookie’s eyes.” Boulder Weekly

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Deadlocked: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1216 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cannot believe was had a wait an entire year for this book to come out. I have loved this series all the way up to the last two books (11 & 12) I think Ms.Harris must be tired of writing the southern vampire series. I think she is being so dis-ingenuousness to the characters she created. I cannot believe Eric and Sookie would ever interact with each other they way they have these past two books. She has tried to completely change Eric into something he's simply not. I am going to be soooo mad if Sookie ends up with Sam at the ends of this series; and it seems like that is indeed what's going to happen. I have to ask myself what was the whole point of this series and everything that Sookie has went through if she ends up with a man she could of had in the very first book within the first few chapters. What a let down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of this series since the beginning... Last years book was a disappointment and this years book was not any better. I do believe it has lost its flare since the TV series Trueblood started. I miss the way the books use to tell the story of vampires and humans trying to come to an understanding. It just keeps getting further and further out there now. I am sick of the entire fairy thing. I am saddened by the way the wonderful writing of the books seemed to nose dive after the first season of TrueBlood :(
BrandyAnn81 More than 1 year ago
Completely disappointed by this book. It wasn't worth the 14.99 for 260 pages. I have never put my Nook down and walked away when reading a Charlaine Harris book. But with this one I did. It was like climbing a hill that never ended. The story never sped up or hooked me. It felt like Charlaine Harris just called it in. The good points were that the cluviel dor storyline ended..albeit very anti-climatically. I would not recommend this book to anyone. It has a TON of filler and very little plot lines that actually are need to know before you read the last book when it is released.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't think that Deadlocked lives up to the first few books. Characters that made this series fun and exciting have drastically changed. The plot is unbelievably easy to predict after a few chapters. Things are conveniently solved and swept under the rug. Worst, Ms. Harris has built Sookie and Eric's relationship over almost the whole series only to butchered it now. Sam is a good "best friend" and nothing more. After all, who was the one to attend to Sookie's needs (physically and emotionally) and protect her throughout these books? Sam did nothing for her but hooked up with worst possible girlfriends. Eric and Sookie's relationship add fun and interest to these books. Since Ms. Harris seem to have already decided who Sookie should have a happily ever after with, I will stop here and not buy the last book. What is the point of this make-believe world anyway? I am very disappointed and feel that I have wasted my time and money. I feel that Ms. Harris has done a good job of teasing the readers but could not deliver. I won't be buying or reading any more books from her.
Leah-books More than 1 year ago
I am a teen and love this series!!! Such an awesome story line. Finished it very quickly.
Sweet_Tea More than 1 year ago
I am honestly shocked at some of the poor reviews-I felt this book continues in the same style as the rest of the series. At the beginning Sookie had a very narrow list of experience-but it has broadened to include not only other beings, but new ideas. I never saw these as books explaining the world of vampires, but the story of Sookie. So yes, a lot of time is spent with the ponderings of Sookie (she has a lot more to think about now), and they have become a bit more pragmatic and tougher, yet she still remains true to her core-a woman from a small southern town, with a Christian upbringing and a desire to find her place in the world. I was also surprised to see how many voiced displeasure with the unraveling of her relationship with Eric, I always felt it was a foregone conclusion. While Sookie loved many things about him, there are some fundamental differences in their belief systems that could never be overcome. From the very beginning she was shocked/dismayed at his lack of feeling for those around him. Honestly, I don't think that arrogance and disassociation can solely be blamed on his being vampire-Eric just really, really likes Eric! Also ultimately Eric could never give her what she truly craves-a sense of security and family (and lets not forget the whole scenario regarding his possible unlimited lifetime and her aging scenario) . I admit I have been rooting for Sam from the beginning-yes, he showed interest in her from the first book-but Sookie needed to learn more about herself before she could know what she really wants/needs. Go Team Sam! So count me as one who has been a fan from day one to today-and I anxiously/sadly await the final book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this in one sitting and really wish I had saved the time to do something else, like weeding. It focused only on the fairy locket and her indecisiveness on what to do with it. Everything else was just bylines. Her interactions with Eric were extremely brief and filled with her whining and brooding instead of actually talking to him and listening to him to try to get the answers she wanted. As far as her 'working with Bill in an investigation' she had a couple of interactions where they spoke briefly, and one when he needed her help to rescue someone. Very misleading. Even the threat of the King of Nevada was thinly done, only making an appearance in the beginning. At least the fairy thing is finally done with. At 260 pages for the Nook and 76 pages longer in print it was not worth the money paid.
T0paci0 More than 1 year ago
I have been committed to this series from the beginning. The last novel was lackluster and this was not any better. It's sad to see these beloved characters not remain true to form. The author seems to have lost her vision for the very characters that drew so many to her novels. Much of the book seemed to lack if the author began writing without a concept in mind. I had to put it down...I regret the purchase. Heartbreaking for me to say....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book because it wrapped up a bunch of story branches while leaving a few for the last book in the series. That being said, this book definitely feels like the ramp up to the last book, in that certain characters and situations are introduced as a lead in for things that will likely happen in the final book; while this is necessary, it does feel like Sookie is being pulled in so many different directions, and it can be slightly exhausting for the reader. As an Eric fan, this book was both good and bad. Not everything had been wrapped up with him, and it is unclear as to how his and Sookie's story line will progress into the final book. I often felt like she was dragging on the situations with him, and I wanted there to be some solid decisions made. I would be extremely disappointed if the 13th book ends the relationship and tries to shoehorn in a new one: why drag out this tension between Sookie and Eric for 12 books if there is no final payout? There is a lot up for interpretation at this point, and it will definitely be a long year until the 13th book is released.
Vinomio More than 1 year ago
Save your money. I wish I had. Charlene Harris has just phoned in the last few books. I won't buy another, nor will I use brain energy to read them anymore. Shame really, I was in love with the series until two books ago when it started feeling like she was fulfilling a contract, not actually developing characters and telling a good story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disappointing, poor interactions between characters. I used to love this series but the past two books have definitely been lacking. Not worth $14.99
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am extremely disappointed in this book. Based on the author'S comments regarding how badly she felt about her prior Sookie book, whuch I agree was also bad, i had big hopes for this one and am even more disappiinted. i strongly urge Ms. Harris to take her time and really WRITE the next one rather than trying to meet some market deadline. She wrote some truky good books so i know its possible but its been too long since. She is at serious risk of losing her audience and reputation and self~respect as a writer if she doesnt get back to her real abilities. please Ms. Harris. show your true fans that you can still do it! PLEASE !!!
KarenB63 More than 1 year ago
I finished the book on day of release. I have to say that I agree with the others who are disappointed and am happy that there is only 1 book left in this series. The beginnings of the book seem to rehash the last book and rehash the backgrounds of all the characters. It seems to me as if, at this point, Ms. Harris is mainly writing for profit and banking on the success of True Blood. You wait a year for a book and it comes out and it's really no more then a recap for the first few chapters. I will say that the book got better in the 2nd half and I was "just okay" with the ending. I do hope that in her final book of the series we get a bit more meat and revisit the original style of the first few books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Sookie and I love Eric. But this book did not, at all, seem true to their personalities. Sookie complained and whined, Eric was cold, neither of them spoke to each other. Nothing was resolved or really even expanded upon. This could have just been added on to book 11. I'm so frustrated with this book! I really, really, hope the last book will be more fulfilling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very disipointed in this book. I started reading this series last year when I lost my job and was instantly hooked. I read all the books in 1 weeks time and was so excited for this one to be released. The storyline never really came together. It seemed to me like it was the material that was left over from the last book, and she just used it to release another book. I was very disipointed in the Eric/Sookie resolution. It never really got anywhere. I hope the last one is better than this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Answering Cane315's Question: This is the next to last Sookie Stackhouse book. There will be one more, then that will be it. That's what penultimate means from the Publisher's Weekly review (and yes, I had to look it up, never heard of it before). The book itself was much better than the last two. I almost didn't buy it cause I was so disappointed in them. I'm sick of all the rehashing that Charlaine Harris does. Seems like 1/3 of the last few books has just been repeating what happened in previous books. That gets old fast. There is some recapping in Deadlocked, but not as bad as before.
Ginger-Read-Reviews More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars Wow, this one is going to be tricky for me. I am a long time Sookie Stackhouse fan and have never not loved a Sookie book. Until now (insert sad face here). Like always, Sookie finds herself, unwittingly, wrapped up in some vampy and wolfie drama. All the vampires and werewolves seem to make an appearance in Deadlocked. So, let's start with the human. Sookie: Sookie was lost through most of this installment. She has much on her mind. She has enemies in places she would have never expected. Her friends and family are moving along in life in all too human ways, which of course she is not ~ dating a vampire and all. Her relationship with Eric (*swoon*) is rocky at best. As is her relationship with Alcide. She's still got Fae living in her house which causes all sorts of strange. The Vampire King still suspects her of things that, of course, she is very guilty of. The poor girl just can't seem to catch a break. Eric: Eric was entire too absent in this book. I want him present and fighting for the woman he loves. On the other hand, I want Sookie fighting for him. It doesn't always have to be a damsel, maybe it can be a dude in distress that needs rescuing. Maybe that is exactly what he has always lacked. Sure, he has loyalty and respect and love even from some of his children and minions. But has anyone actually fought for his love? Is that what will turn this bad boy good? Or, is he just to self serving to chose Sookie over the Queen? Say it aint so Charlaine!!! Bill: I don't have much to say about Bill. Bill is Bill and will always Bill. Bill will always love Sookie. Yada, yada, yada, yada. Can you tell who's team I would vote for? Sam: OMG Sam!! Sam makes the dumbest girlfriend decisions but every book he scores a few more points as just an all around great guy and friend. That doesn't change in Deadlocked. At all. He's pretty amazing. I am a fan. Nearly every (still living) character makes an appearance in Deadlocked. Is that because we are nearing an end to the Stackhouse series? I kind of hope so. Deadlocked didn't have the same punch as so many of it's series predecessors. Though it wrapped up a few open ended items from the previous stories, it really didn't progress the meat of the story much for me. I am left with the same feeling as I had at the end of Dead Reckoning. I'm tired of the love triangle. I'm tired of Sookie not being happy. I'm tired of Sookie almost getting killed. Etc, etc, etc... I'm ready for all loose ends to be tied up. It makes me really sad to say (er, type) that. Just trying to be honest here. I'm not giving up on the series and if Charlaine wants to write another five books I will do my best to continue as the same loyal fan I have always been. But, maybe it's time. Right? Or do you think I am way off base here?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was really looking forward to reading Deadlocked but in the end I was some what disappointed with it. I made sure to go out and purchase it the first day it came out as and hoped it would have been better then the last book in the series. I wish that Mrs. Harris would have done a better job with Sookie and Eric relationship in this book. Nothing was settled with them and everything else was just left there. Nothing was solved and nothing completed. Not sure the final book will be any better. I really don't think everything can be left finished unless Mrs. Harris decides to write a book twice as long. Oh well I guess we will have to see next year.
bookEG More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It was such frivolous fun. I have a feeling that a lot of people who said they did not like the book are just kind of disappointed that it looks like Eric and Sookie are probably over. I liked them together but I realize that just because I liked them as a couple maybe the author wants to go in a different direction. I used to be kind of bugged by all the rehashing the author did but that was because I read book 1-12 one right after the other. This time I waited almost a year between reading the last book and this one and I realized I had forgotten a lot and kind of appreciated some of the rehashing. I really can't wait until the last book comes out. I hope Sookie doesn't wind up with Sam, mainly because I I'm hoping for some weird twist of an ending and not something that a lot of people have been predicting. I like the Sam character just fine but I don't really feel chemistry between him and Sookie. I can't picture her with a vamp either though because Sookie will grow old and die while a vampire will remain ageless. I can't picture that being a likely scenario. However it ends, I can't wait to find out. Charlaine Harris may not be going to win any Pulitzer Prizes but her Sookie Stackhouse series is super fun and funny. I like the way she rambles on a bit about Sookie's thoughts as I think a lot of people find her to be a relatable character because of this. Don't let the bad reviews scare you away. This book is such fun to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes i finished the book the same day it came out. I am and have been a fan of this series. I will, as it seems I maybe one of the few, finish this to the very end. While i think that the last 2, borderline 3 books, have lackluster with the story telling and rehashing of past events. Overall it was a good read. And while on my reader it states that there was only 260 pages, it was in fact 339, i felt it needed to be a little longer. Sookie has avoided the elephant in the room long enough, which for me is not one of her characteristics. I miss the head strong, confrontational Sookie that makes her character so likible. While I do see Mrs. Harris tying up loose ends with characters and giving them their happy ever after, I hope she gives Sookie hers too, and I don't mean Sam either. Why build up a relationship between Sookie and Eric only to defile it with a mediocre Sam. I don't think Naill will allow her to not have evrything, that defys everything he's pulled strings to make happy. I love reading this fictional series, because it's just that fiction... I for one want a epic final book where Sookie gets what she wants, a faery tail ending.
eagle3tx More than 1 year ago
Very satisfying annual installment! I've read the entire series and look forward annually to the arrival of the next book. I like the books so much better than the TV series. The humor and asides in the books make me laugh out loud. I feel connected to the characters and their strange, twisty-turny lives -- and, thankfully, not quite as dark as the show. This year was a great convoluted mystery plot and a satifying tie-up of a lot of the goings-on the last couple of years, but still leaves the Eric question 'will he/ won't he'. And the return of Quinn?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This one was worse than the previous book, and i didn't think that was possible. Not much of a storyline, just a bunch of filler. I hope the next book, which is the last in the series, will do justice to what i once thought was an amazing book series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having never before written a review of a book, I simply had to after I finished Deadlocked. This book was HORRIBLE! The plot is silly, filled with stupid plot twists, mundane details - but honestly, it's so poorly written and not what I've come to expect from Ms. Harris having read every single Sookie Stackhouse novel before this. It's so disappointing. A suggestion to Ms. Harris: read your first few novels that YOU wrote in this series and see if you can recapture some of your own magic. As far as I'm concerned, you need your own cluveil dor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And that half would be in generosity ONLY because I have been a MAJOR fan from the beginning and because the ending still gives Harris room to redeem herself!!! *spolier alert* I've been Team Eric from the start, but I don't even write as a fan who's fav character isn't going to end up with the heroine, I write as a fan who's characters have been BUTCHERED!!!!!! Where did Eric go, and who is the empty shell/rude and unforgiveable/ needy and helpless ghost of a vamp you have replaced him with???? After over 1000 years and 11 books worth of developing his character, she REALLY took him apart!!! Sookie, where to begin?? The ONLY reason I was still reading the books is because I was not faced with the heroine of True Blood who one minute is screaming about something, then whining about things not going her way, then refusing to face the problems in her life and blaming the result on everyone else around her and doesn't even care enough about anything outside herself to feel bad about killing people. I understand that she has been through life-changing situations in the last few books, but even the essence of who she is is not there anymore... The emotional wreck got to me the, most...The scene where she thinks Sam has gone and married the were and she LITERALLY EXPLODES I was like huh???? Then when she burst into tears I was like ok Harris you're losing me! Alcide, i KNOW he has changed A LOT since he became packmaster, but in her bed though??? I mean COME ON??? Surely Harris, shouldn't the core of these characters remain the same, this read like completely new people we'd never met, not characters we'd grown with and loved! The icing on the cake though was we got to spend A LOT of time with individuals that we did not even care about... Jane Bodehouse, JB's parents, Officers in Shreveport (for a storyline that could have been ommitted and it wouldn't change the book much) We got more questions that probably won't ever be answered such as why did Claude curse Dermot, then suggest the cure? How did he get away from Niall who was suspecting him pf the curse? Why would he alter himself to exist with humans, when he had been working to overthrow Niall all the while? Why did Freyda go to see Sookie? How long has she been communicating with Eric? What was the point of the writer coming to Sookie's house with the parents? Was there another vampire at Sup bar in shreveport? What was the point of telling us about the were and the vamp who are dating? What were the fae plotting? What is so bad about Bellenos that even got a reaction from Niall? The cherry on top though, was, it felt like Harris was setting it up to show us that the only constantly good thing that has been in Sookie's life has been Sam... All of a sudden she realizes that they're best buds and she is almost having a nervous breakdown because she thinks he's married and the best birthday gift came from him when previously he's only gotten 3 minutes of fame (if that)!!!! I'd rather she gave us Quinn as the potential see where it goes... Sam is just a comp out and an insult to my reading all 12 books the last 2 of which have been rip-off!!! I miss the carefree, entertaining, can't-wait-for-next-May-to-see-what-happens-next books that we got until (maybe) book 10 and that's a STRONG maybe! I hope she saves face even if its not a Sookie-Eric HEA I'll take my favorite joire de vivre Sheriff/Viking/doesn'ttakecrapfromanyoneandisuberSCARY yet you CAN'T help but love him GORGEOUS Vamp!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series...but REALLY!!!!! What was the point of this book? The best part of the plot in the entire series has beenEric & Sookie and to leave us with this ending on the 2nd to the last book really makes me mad!! Not to mention i was so excited about this book that i pre-ordered it... a first for me.. well when i finally got home to read it, it would not open!!!!! I tried for ever..finally getting so frustrated i re-bought it.... again really!!! I will wait to see everyones comments on the last book before i even think about buying it... Mrs.Harris has some explaining to do!!!!!!!!!