Review: Dead Until Dark
Sookie Stackhouse is a waitress in the small town of Bon Temps, Louisiana. Sookie can read minds – this would seem like a gift to some, but to Sookie, it’s a disability. Listening to everyone’s thoughts is overwhelming and blocking them out gets very tiring. Sookie is thrilled when a vampire, Bill Compton, comes into the small bar she works in because she’s been wanting to meet a vampire ever since they became legally recognized.
Sookie and Bill become involved in an on again/off again relationship and several women in Bon Temps have been murdered. Some people suspect vampires are guilty and others suspect Sookie’s brother, Jason. Jason asks Sookie to do some mind reading to solve the crimes and clear his name.
There’s a little more to Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris, but I don’t want to reveal any spoilers. I’ve read a lot of reviews of this book and know lots of people who loved it. I think my expectations were set too high, because it was just a little better than average for me. I couldn’t understand Sookie’s attraction to Bill and was frustrated at times with their relationship. I also felt like the story got bogged down in unnecessary details and like the reader wasn’t given enough clues to try to solve the mystery. The story was a light, fun read but it just didn’t draw me in like I was expecting it to.
Dead Until Dark is the first in the Sookie Stackhouse aka Southern Vampire Series. It’s the first book I’ve read for the Sookie Stackhouse Challenge.