Book Review – Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

First published, 2001

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Really enjoyed reading this, the first of the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris. Having discovered the characters through the TV series, True Blood (which I adored), I was really looking forward to reading this book and it didn’t disappoint.

So, the story: Sookie Stackhouse is a waitress in rural Louisiana, at a time shortly after the official emergence of vampires into civilised society. No longer living apart from human beings, vampires keep their blood-lust at bay by drinking a synthetic blood-substitute and, although Sookie has not met a vampire before, she has waited for this day for some time.

As a somewhat unusual young woman herself (not going to ruin it for you), who has faced some prejudice and a lifetime of rumour, she feels great empathy for a newly-recognised section of society. When she meets Bill Compton, she also falls in love.

So follows a ripping drama, featuring the paranormal, the very normal, and a big Viking vampire called Eric.

Of course, I knew there would be differences between the TV series and the original novels, but I really liked getting to know Sookie, Bill, Jason, Arlene, Sam, Gran and Eric in a different way.

Charlaine Harris’s writing is effective and easy to read, she has a great talent for simile and there were plenty of laughs, emotions and surprises.

Dropped a star because I missed Tara Thornton, which may seem a little unfair but she’s such a huge presence in the story. I understand she appears from the second book, so that’s the rest of my winter accounted for.