Dead Until Dark – Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse #1)

Paranormal Romance
292 Pages
Ace Books
Released: May 2001
Sookie Stackhouse Series
Book #1

4/5 Stars

Back of Book Description:
Sookie Stackhouse works as a waitress in a bar in Bon Temps, a small town in northern Louisiana.  She lives a quiet life without much in it apart from her family and her job.  She doesn’t date or have much of a social life because most of the inhabitants of Bon Temps think that she is crazy.  Sookie is not crazy but she is afflicted or gifted (depending how you look at it) with the ability to read minds. 
Unable to stand the constant noise of other peoples thoughts that she usually has to listen to she has become fairly reclusive.  Into her life comes the tall, dark and handsome Bill.  Bill is just perfect for Sookie because she can’t hear his thoughts.  Unfortunately Bill has an affliction of his own; he’s a vampire and over a hundred years older that Sookie.
Dating a vampire in small town rural America might be hard enough but when women who have been known to date vampires start being murdered it becomes a lot harder.  When one of Sookie’s coworkers is killed, swiftly followed by an attack on her grandmother, Sookie has to believe that she might be next.  In an effort to stop her vampire boyfriend being arrested for the murders and to avoid being the murderer’s next victim herself, she starts to use her telepathic ability to try and find the killer.

My Review:

This is the second time that I have read the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris and I am so happy to say that it was a lot of fun to read things that I didn’t remember from the first time around.  Plus it was a nice refresher since I’ve seen True Blood more recently and there are so many differences between the books and the show that I started to confuse the details.

The characters in this book are well developed and you really feel like you understand their individual personalities from Sookie’s quarky personality to Jason’s (her brother’s) cocky personality all the way to Andy Bellfleur’s (one of the detectives) non-trusting personality.  You meet several of the main characters that play important roles throughout the series and it’s fun to get to know them more and more throughout each book.

This book focuses on two main things, with a couple of side stories. The first thing is Sookie meeting Vampire Bill and a relationship developing between them.  Between the differences of the human society and vampire society and of course Sookie’s unique mind reading abilities they have a lot of strain on their relationship.  The second main story line is the fact that their is a murderer in Bon Temps who seems to be out to get blue collar working women who have a tie to the vampire society, it gets pretty creepy.

There are some ups and downs throughout the book and a few times you might think, now that was just weird, but it keeps you guessing till the end!  I had no clue the first time I read this who the killer was and was in complete shock when that person was revealed!  There are a couple times I thought that Sookie said or did something weird at the strangest times but of course I’ve never been a mind reader and I’ve never had any of these situation occur to me so I can’t honestly say I would act any different. 

Bottom Line is that if you enjoy vampire books and other strange paranormal things you will really enjoy this series.  It is a fast read and one that makes you want to learn more.  It doesn’t leave you with a cliff hanger, which I really like, but you still want to pick up the next book to see what is going to unfold next!  I told two of my friends who enjoy reading about this series and they ate it up while also getting several of their friends/family members to pick the series up and read it!  I’d say that is a big sign that it’s a good series, wouldn’t you??!!

The Sookie Stackhouse Series:
Dead Until Dark
Living Dead in Dallas
Club Dead
Dead to the World
Dead as a Doornail
Definitely Dead
All Together Dead
From Dead to Worse
Dead and Gone
Dead to the Family
Dead Reckoning (May 3, 2011)

Dead Until Dark Read Along Discussion: Sunday, February 27, 2011!


8 responses to “Dead Until Dark – Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse #1)

  1. I did like the mystery in this one! Nice review 🙂

  2. I might just have forgotten who the killer was, lol, bad bad memory

  3. Great job on this review D! Can’t wait for Sunday. =)

  4. Great review hon. I started reading the books after the first season and I like that they stuck to it but changed things. It was nice to still be surprised either way. Great post again hon and I can’t wait until Sunday either 🙂

    • Haha, I agree with that. I like the show and I like the books but I really do sometimes have to think about them as two separate things that just coincidentally have the same characters and names. LOL. There are some things I really like that the show changed and others that just boggle my mind (like all the way different stories with Jason) so I just have to keep them apart! I can’t wait for Sunday and I’m so happy that you will be able to participate some! 😀

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