Title: Dead Until Dark
Author: Charlaine Harris
Genre: Paranormal fiction
Publisher: Ace Books
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Source: Print copy from the library
First line: I’d been waiting for the vampire for years when he walked into the bar.
I took Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris out from the library for the readathon, and then never got to it. It’s due soon, though, so I picked it up and read the whole thing in a day and a half. The story itself kept me riveted, but that doesn’t mean the book is without its weaknesses.
Sookie Stackhouse is a telepathic waitress in Louisiana. When she meets Bill, there is something different about him, something other than the fact that he is a vampire. She can’t hear his thoughts – and the silence is exquisite. With the invention of synthetic blood, vampires have come out of the coffin and are now a legally recognized minority. Bill is trying to mainstream – to live a “normal” life among humans. Sookie is extremely attracted to this dark, gorgeous vampire.
That’s not her only problem, though. Women who have slept with vampires are being murdered, and her brother is the prime suspect. Also, her boss Sam is acting strange. And Bill’s friends aren’t quite as friendly to humans as he is. Sookie has to find a way to clear her brother’s name and find out the identity of the murderer – before she becomes his next victim.
I signed up for the Sookie Stackhouse challenge because everyone has raved about these books. And I can see why – Charlaine Harris can tell a good story. She’s come up with a unique take on vampires and I really like the character of Sookie. She’s spunky and has a unique voice. What I was surprised about was the quality of writing. Some of the sentences were very awkward, and that would pull me out of the story. I’m not sure if this was Harris’s first book, but it read like it was.
That said, I did enjoy the story and the characters, and that’s enough to make me want to pick up book two.