This is a review of “Dead Until Dark”, the 1st novel in Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire Mysteries, or as they are now known: The Sookie Stackhouse Series or The Trueblood Series.
For those who watch, or have seen the tv show Trueblood, these novels are the inspiration.
This first novel progresses much the same way that the first season does. Sookie is a waitress in the small Southern town of Bon Temps, Louisiana. But Sookie is different. Sookie can hear other people’s thoughts. And it’s not something she would ever wish upon anyone else. She’s never met a vampire, but has been longing to ever since “they’ve come out of the coffin” a couple of years back.
Her wish soon comes true, as the handsome and mysterious, Civil War Veteran Vampire Bill (yes the vampire’s name is Bill, not Basil or Langford) wanders into Merlotte’s Bar & Grill late one evening. Sookie and Bill hit it off (she saves his life, he saves hers) and pretty soon Sookie is drawn deeper into the world of vampires.
But girls in Bon Temps are showing up dead. And not just regular dead either. Strangled, naked and with fang marks kind of dead. And when tragedy strikes close to home for Sookie, she decides to take matters into her own hands (or brain) and uses her ability to try and solve this murder mystery.
An awesome first novel to begin a truly gripping series. I highly recommend this book and the ones that follow, and indeed the tv show, which is most probably my favorite show of all time! Charlaine Harris is a gifted writer with a knack for making you want to keep turning those pages.