Our heroine in Dead Until Dark is Sookie Stackhouse. Too sweet and naive for her own good, Sookie lives in the small town of Bon Temps with her grandmother and works at a local bar. Many of the bar’s patrons call her Crazy Sookie because she’s not exactly normal.
Sookie Stackhouse can read minds.
When a vampire walks into the bar one night, she is excited. Most of the undead would rather go to New Orleans.
The vampire Bill, however, wants to mainstream, to live with humans. And he finds Sookie Stackhouse very appealing.
When she realized she can’t hear Bill’s thoughts, even if she tries, then he becomes very appealing to her as well.
Unfortunately, young women in Bon Temps start turning up dead. Young women with a lot in common with Sookie. They worked menial jobs and they had affections for vampires.
Sookie wants to make sure nobody points a finger at HER vampire for these crimes. Instead, people start looking at her brother.
While trying to navigate the rocky road of an interspecies relationship Sookie finds herself doing something she has never done before, opening her ability to read the minds of everyone around her, trying to save her brother from going to prison for crimes he didn’t commit.
But if he didn’t do it, then who did?
I enjoyed this novel much more than a lot of more modern vampire novels. While the main vampire, Bill, is not a bloodthirsty monster all of the vampires in the novel are capable (and most are equally willing) to shed human blood.
Dead Until Dark is the first book in a series of novels featuring Sookie Stackhouse.
Dead Until Dark and the Sookie Stackhouse novel’s, were made into a series on HBO called True Blood.
Parts of this review have been cross posted at Noner’s Bookmarks.