Dead Until Dark
Book #1 of the Sookie Stackhouse Series
by Charlaine Harris
Publisher: Ace Books (May 2001)
Format: eBook (292 pages)
Source: Received from Books 4 Reviews
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Rating: ★★★½☆ (3.5 stars)
Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She’s quite, keeps to herself, and doesn’t get out much. Not because she’s not pretty. She is. It’s just that, well, Sookie has this sort of “disability.” She can read minds. And that doesn’t make her too dateable. And then along comes Bill. He’s tall, dark, handsome – and Sookie can’t hear a word he’s thinking. He’s exactly the type of guy she’s been waiting for all her life….
But Bill has a disability of his own: he’s a vampire with a bad reputation. He hangs with a seriously creepy crowd, all suspected of – big surprise – murder. And when one of Sookie’s coworkers is killed, she fears she’s next…Add on Goodreads
At a Glance
I loved this book when I first read it 3 years ago. But now that my paranormal pallet has been expanded, this book lacks some paranormal flair but is an overall enjoyable read.
This book is pretty much about Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic waitress, and her introduction to the paranormal world. Vampires have already “come out of the coffin” and the world is slowly getting use to the idea of vampires being next door neighbors. Sookie finds vampires fascinating, and once she meets vampire Bill, she can’t help but immerse herself into his world. And as the ups and downs of vampire life starts to weigh heavily on Sookie, her life gets even more complicated when the people around her start being murdered. And it looks like the killer might be coming after he next.
Though this is a lighter paranormal book for me, I found that the characters and the unique world really pulled me in. Sookie comes across as fun and loving. She can be ditsy at times but it just adds to her charm. But her telepathic abilities have made her life difficult. She can hear everyone’s thoughts, which makes dating very…awkward. So when vampire Bill walks into the bar she works at and she can’t read his thoughts at all, it’s like her prays have been answered. He offers her something no one else can, affection without her being able to read his mind. You can’t help but feel happy for Sookie when she finds someone who also lives a life of complication, someone she can relate with. Vampires may have been “accepted” into society, but the discrimination is always present. And Bill is a little bit of a wild card. He hangs out with questionable people and his reputation is a bit scary. I did find him very interesting and couldn’t wait for him to come on scene.
The story about the killer was well done. I didn’t know who was responsible until Harris wanted me to. The mystery and suspense were awesome. And I couldn’t believe how far Harris went to surprise and shock us. She didn’t hold anything back. But I feel the best part of this book is Sookie’s introduction to vampire society. It was creepy, scary, and a little bit sexy. It often made me question Bill’s motives, but I liked it. Dead Until Dark really kept me on my toes.
The biggest annoyance is that this really isn’t a great representation of an amazing paranormal book. It was more a mystery book with a vampire twist. I would not suggest this book to people who want an introduction to paranormal books.
Also, the writing was subpar. There were many awkward sentences and way to much description for things I did not care to know in detail. Also, be prepared for a cheesefest. Some of the things these characters said made me cringe.
We get sex scenes that I feel are pretty mild. I liked the first one because Sookie is so nervous and Bill really puts her at ease. It’s all very cute. But the sex in general was okay and sometimes very awkward. Nothing like the hot sexed up HBO series.
This is not a perfect book but I did find it funny, scary, and sweet most of the time. The mystery is good and the vampire world Harris has created is amazing. I wouldn’t really know who to recommended this book to though. I think people will just have to try it and see if this series is for them. Recommended.
Eric appeared to be counting my eyelashes. I tried to keep my gaze on my hands, to indicate modesty. I felt power tweaks kind of flow over me and had an uneasy feeling Eric was trying to influence me. I risked a quick peek, and sure enough he was looking at me expectantly. Was I supposed to pull off my dress? Bark like a dog? Kick Bill in the shins? Shit.
“Of course I am grateful, and I’m sure you are, as you put it, a special vintage,” Bill said politely, “But I have my own wine cellar.”
The Sookie Stackhouse Series:
Book #1: dead Until Dark
Book #2: Living Dead in Dallas
Book #3: Club Dead
Book #4: Dead to the World
Book #5: Dead as a Doornail
Book #6: Definitely Dead
Book #7: All Together Dead
Book #8: From Dead to Worse
Book #9: Dead and Gone
Book #10: Dead in the Family
Book #11: Dead Reckoning
Book #12: Deadlocked
Book #13: Dead Ever After