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Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1)

In Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Vampire Novels/Series on January 14, 2010 at 5:20 pm
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

Title: Dead After Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1)

Author: Charlaine Harris

Genre: Fiction/Vampire/Mystery

Rating: ***/****

In the first Sookie Stackhouse novel (formerly the Southern Vampire Mysteries), we meet a twenty-five year old southern waitress who leads an ordinary life in the small town of Bon Temps, LA & suffers from a disability. It soon becomes clear that Sookie has the extraordinary ability to read minds which will come in handy, but not until she meets her first vampire Bill Compton. It’s been a couple of years since vampires ‘came out of the coffin’ to let the world know of their ‘virus’ since a Japanese company invented synthetic blood bottled known as TruBlood. (In every type, though they are supposed to not be as fully satisfying as the real thing.) While Sookie’s mind is constantly working to block the noise & images she receives from other human’s thoughts, Bill’s mind is silent to Sookie, which allows her to relax around him & embark on her first romance, much to the chagrin of certain people.

A murderer is taking the lives of women who have previously been involved with vampires & when Sookie’s brother Jason is implicated in the crimes, it’s up to her & Bill to find out who the killer is. Charlaine Harris expands on the vampire canon in new & interesting ways, she makes each character stand out (moreso in the later novels in the series, reviews to come) & although we don’t come to understand vampires completely, we get an idea that part of their humanity was never lost. And that human beings are capable of the worst crimes imaginable which makes their fear & prejudice towards the supernatural hypocritical.

Fans of ‘True Blood’ who haven’t read the books may be slightly disappointed with the storyline, but overall it contains much of the same plot as season one with a few major differences. Compared to tv Bill, he is more gruff & mysterious & other major characters in the show e.g. Tara, LaFayette, & Eric, do not figure prominently yet in the series.