Title: Dead Until Dark
Author: Charlaine Harris
Publication Date: May 1, 2001
Sookie Stackhouse is a cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana, but she keeps to herself and doesn’t date much because of her “disability” to read minds. When she meets Bill, Sookie can’t hear a word he’s thinking. He’s the type of guy she’s waited for all of her life, but he has a disability, too–he’s a vampire with a bad reputation. When one of Sookie’s coworkers is killed, she fears she’s next.
I heard about this series through friends and co-workers talking about True Blood on HBO. Because I don’t have HBO, I decided to read the Sookie Stackhouse series.
This first book in the series was a fun, fast read. The author does a really great job of drawing the reader in and keeping them on their feet. You never know what’s going to happen next and there are no clues to lead you in one direction or the other.
I liked Sookie from the very start. She is easily likable (I mean, what southerner isn’t?) and charming. Her brother, on the other hand, is a different story but you can tell that he cares about his sister. I also loved the grandma – a sweet lady who keeps everyone on their toes and loves vampires. I didn’t quite warm up to Bill and Eric as fast as I did the other characters, but that may come in future books.
I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series and seeing how the Eric-Bill-Sookie triangle plays out. Who doesn’t love a good, mysterious love triangle?