Book Review: Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris
Okay, I know I need to review this, but I’m not sure where to start. This review was difficult for me because I usually enjoy the author’s books and because I wanted to like the book. I expected to enjoy it. If only everything lived up to expectations.
I’m giving Deadlocked a 2/5 only because it did get better toward the end. The last few chapters were the book’s saving grace. Also, we (the readers) saw a softer, gentler side of Sookie than we have in previous books in the series. I enjoyed that.
I suppose I should say that I’ve been reading the Sookie Stackhouse books for a few years and many of them I’ve loved. However, when I picked up this one I realized that I couldn’t even remember what had happened in the previous two or three books. Everything blended together in this huge mishmash of jumbled ideas. I felt kind of lost when I first started reading Deadlocked, but I soon figured out everything that was going on, which was a lot of nothing, until the final few chapters.
Ms. Harris is an interesting writer. She has Sookie’s voice down pat (a born & bred Southern gal can smell her own), but this book read like a first draft and the story line seemed to go nowhere. I made a ton of notes/comments on my e-reader about how terrible the writing was (view spoiler).
I’m majorly disappointed.
It was obvious by the end of Deadlocked what the story line will be in the 13th and final novel of the series. I won’t add any spoilers, but if you read it, you probably know what I’m talking about. Deadlocked’s plot outcome was obvious, anyone could guess the bad guys from the beginning. I just…wow. I have nothing else to say about it.
I don’t recommend this to fans and especially not to those new to the series. I suggest y’all just skip this one and call it a night. Read Ms. Harris’s Harper Connelly series if you want a southern style paranormal series that’s well written. I highly recommend that series.