Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1)

By Charlaine Harris

Rating: 3 stars

I’ve heard good things about the True Blood TV series, and this was the first book in the series that inspired them, so I thought I’d give it a go. As it went, I found it just “okay”. It was a quick read, and an easy read, but the story of the telepathic waitress and her romantic entanglements with a vampire, whose mind she can’t read, didn’t do an awful lot for me.

Sookie herself is an interesting character, if one a little obsessed with (describing) what she wears. I also thought that she fell into vampire Bill’s embrace just a little too easily. The murder mystery woven around Sookie’s story was more interesting to me, and the attempts to frame Sookie’s brother. The plot twist with Sam was visible a mile off, and I can see the love triangle being clearly established for future books.

I’m not a huge fan of the romance genre, whether it be supernatural or not, but where I do, I prefer the romance to be gentler, whether that be Pride and Prejudice or The Ship Who Searched. This book was a decent enough way to while away a couple of afternoons, but I’ll not be searching out any more of Sookie’s adventures.

Book details

ISBN: 9780575089365
Publisher: Gollancz
Year of publication: 2001

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