Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris


20 Critic Reviews

A dull, overly complicated entry in the swampy gothic romance that feeds fans and starves newcomers.


The #1 New York Times Bestseller, with the original hardcover art.

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 Northman’s front yard—especially the body of a 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 has set out to make Sookie’s world come crashing down.

About Charlaine Harris

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Charlaine Harris is a New York Times bestseller for both her Sookie Stackhouse fantasy/mysteries and her Harper Connolly Prime Crime mystery series. She has lived in the South her entire life.Toni L.P. Kelner is the author of the Laura Fleming mysteries, and the Prime Crime "Where are they now?" series. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, fellow author Stephen P. Kelner, Jr, and two daughters.
Published May 1, 2012 by Ace. 335 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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All: 20 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 15


Below average
May 01 2012

A dull, overly complicated entry in the swampy gothic romance that feeds fans and starves newcomers.

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Below average

I must admit, if Harris hadn’t promised to end with the next one, this series is getting to me close to the end of my patience.

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Love Vampires


Deadlocked makes a gripping and engrossing read – a one- or two-sitting reading is a distinct possibility here – so take my advice and remember to finish your chores and switch off the phone before turning the opening pages

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The Daily Quirk

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Reviewed by Ashley G. on May 30 2012

I think you really need to start from the beginning to get the full enjoyment of these books because the last few have really centered around finishing out her story instead of adding a whole lot of new plot points.

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Fangs For The Fantasy

Below average
May 07 2012

Where was the plot? Where? We had an event at the beginning of the book and then the rest of the plot was jammed in the last few chapters at the very end. In between we had a whole lot of nothing.

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Hesperia Loves Books

Reviewed by Alyssa on May 03 2012

it reaffirmed why I love this series so much. The world that Ms. Harris has created is phenomenal and so rich with supernatural characters, you want to pack your bags and move to Bon Temps just to experience it.

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From Left to Write

Below average
May 30 2012

There were more than a few points in the book when I found myself wishing things were progressing a bit faster...I felt like Harrris was tired of writing Sookie adventures and was ready to be finished with the series

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The Reading Cafe

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Reviewed by Carmen P. on May 31 2012

Sookie’s dilemmas and choices have become complacent and monotonous.

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Inside of a Dog

Reviewed by Kathy Martin on May 17 2012

This one has lots of tension and some quiet, happy moments too. All in all this was a great episode for those of us who have been following along with Sookie's adventures since the first book.

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Girls in the Stacks

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Reviewed by Stacy

There was some laughs, some banter, some action – it’s just the plot was boring

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Romance Around the Corner

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Reviewed by Marie on Jun 14 2012

Deadlocked has no plot, none whatsoever. Nor does it have anything else going for it that may keep the reader’s attention.

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Red Hot Books

May 03 2012

I enjoyed the book, but the resolution of the fae storyline was not fleshed out enough for me...I do think this one is stronger than the last two installments.

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Book Addict Katie

Reviewed by Katie on Jun 19 2012

Deadlocked brings back the classic Sookie Mystery...she got a spark of inspiration for this one.

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Talk Supe

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Reviewed by Cimmaron on May 15 2012

Sookie Stackhouse has and will always have a special place in my heart but the last few books in this series has left me so utterly disappointed and deflated.

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The Garden of Books

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Reviewed by Lisa on Aug 22 2012

The plot was pretty much the same as all the rest of the books in the series.

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Bloody Bokkaholic

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Reviewed by Taschima Cullen on May 28 2012

I say good riddance. I have loved Sookie and her world for a long time, but after this book it seems to me that it's running out of juice.

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Coffee and Wizards

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Jul 07 2012

I read this book and I wondered why I was still reading this series at all. Simply, it feels like Harris is just going through the motions.

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Tara Sharp

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Reviewed by Amanda Wrangles on May 22 2012

Deadlocked doesn’t hit the spot like previous instalments...seems to be a lot of ‘filler’;

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The Prairie Library

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Reviewed by Chelle on Jun 15 2012

Several story lines fizzle out in this novel which makes for a downer read.

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Darksome Thirst

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Reviewed by Morven Westfield on May 09 2012

Harris is tying up loose ends. She's also, as other readers complained, moving certain things in a different direction. To do that, she has to spend a lot of time on things that may seem trivial.

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