Book Review: Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

Dead Until Dark
Sookie Stackhouse #1
Author: Charlaine Harris
Reading Level: New Adult
Genre: Fantasy Mystery
Released: May 1st, 2001
Review Source: Purchase

Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana.
She's quiet, 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....

Sookie is a small town girl in Louisiana, and works at the local watering hole as a waitress. Up until now, her life has been small and safe, living with her Grandmother. With the vampires out of the proverbial coffin, one moves into town.

Bill is handsome, and quite the gentleman, despite being an undead vampire. He sweets young Sookie off her feet, as well as charms her Granny! The towns folk don't take to kindly to their relationship, but everyone's trying to keep cool. Everything turns sour when not one, but a few of the local girls start turning up dead, and a lot of fang banger rumors floating around. All eye's are turning to Bill, and if not him they suspect Sookie's brother Jason.

Sookie tries to poke around into the brains around her while she's working, hoping to find any clue as to who's killing these poor girls, before the local PD hauls Jason off in hand cuffs.

A little back story on why it took me this long to read this particular book series, because really one would think I’d have already read it by now. I wasn’t drawn to the cover, I know, don’t judge a book - yadda-yadda-yadda! I remember when a girl was reading the book, back way before the show was a reality, and she was gushing about it. I just didn’t think much of it at the time. Fast forward to seeing the shown on Netflix and I was hooked, it was raunchy and well written, and the cast was so eye catching I was drawn in. I was also drawn in since it was set in Louisiana and that was just so odd and perfect I watched the show.


  1. I love the books but hated the tv series as it seemed nothing like what I'd read. Gave up after five episodes. Maybe I'd have liked the series if it had just been a vampire series and not related to a series I loved in book form. Hope you enjoy the books!

  2. I loved the books. They were funny and I loved the mysterious story-lines. I only saw a few of the episodes of the TV series and wasn't real impressed with that adaptation of the books,

  3. Funny enough i saw the TV show first, and was so hooked (it was a guilty pleasure, nothing of substance though) and it really is nothing like the novels. It stays fairly true to the first book though, but book FOUR is my FAVORITE!!!


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