Living Dead in Dallas – Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse #2)

Fantasy, Mystery, Romance
291 pages
Ace Books
Released: March 2002
Sookie Stackhouse Series #2

5/5 stars

Back of Book Description:
Cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse is on a streak of bad luck. First, her coworker is murdered and no one seems to care.  Then she’s face-to-face with a beastly creature that gives her a painful and poisonous lashing.  Enter the vampires, who graciously suck the poison from her veins (like they didn’t enjoy it.)
Point is, they saved her life.  So when one of the blood-suckers asks for a favor, she complies.  And soon, Sookie’s in Dallas using her telepathic skills to search for a missing vampire.  She’s supposed to interview certain humans involved.  There’s just one condition: The vampires must promise to behave-and let the humans go unharmed.  Easier said than done.  All it takes is one delicious blonde and one small mistake for things to turn deadly…

This book packs so much into one little package yet it is just awesome from start to finish.  You are floored with all of the twists and turns this book takes and how the beginning starts out with a mystery, the middle goes on its own little side story and then at the end the beginning mystery gets brought back in.  It just amazes me how Charlaine brings in so many different stories to make this novel and yet it is complete and leaves you wanting more of Sookie and all the other characters.

You are introduced to a new group of individuals in this book, the Fellowship of the Sun followers, who think they need to take action against all vampires because they are all evil.  They are a radical group that even the book states as, “what the Klan was to African Americans, the Fellowship of the Sun was to vampires.”  Let me just say, these people are crazy!

I think this book does an amazing job of bring to light the true differences that Sookie and Bill are facing in their unusual relationship.  They might both be different from normal humans but when compared to each other they are still very different in mind set.  It’s nice that Charlaine does make this more realistic showing the ups and downs a relationship of this sort really can have.

Poor Sookie just keeps getting the worst situations thrown at her.  I don’t now if I would keep going on if I was her…I’d just lock myself up and throw away the key after everything she went through in book one and this book.  But I’m still very interested to see what will come next for Sookie and see what other twists and turns Harris can throw at us!

I really enjoyed getting to know some of the characters even better, like Eric and his sense of humor.  I enjoyed meeting some of the new characters, like Barry and I really hope to see more of him later down the road (ok so I know we do, yay!).  I thought it was fun finding out about another new supernatural being, a maenad, even thought it wasn’t the most pleasant being in the world.

I truely do enjoy the Sookie Stackhouse series and believe that anyone who really enjoys vampires, mystery and romance should pick these books up and dig in!

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)


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