"A serio-comic who-done-it with supernatural overtones"
Powerful telepath Sookie Stackhouse lives in Bon Temps,
Louisiana. Most local residents consider the beautiful
twenty-five year old a bit slow, but Sookie knows that she
must keep her mental shields in place to avoid
inadvertently reading minds. Sookie has no social life, as
she detests the idea of listening to her lover's inner
thoughts. When Bill the vampire enters the restaurant where
Sookie works, she becomes ecstatic because she cannot hear
his thoughts. With vampires recently gaining legal status,
Sookie hopes to finally have a bit of a love life. The two
outcasts hit it off, but someone is killing the females of
the town with Bill and Sookie's brother Jason being the
only suspects. Sookie knows that the perpetrator has made
her the next target.
Charlaine Harris, author of two wonderful mystery series,
joins the ranks of the urban fantasy authors (Hamilton and
Huff) writing exhilarating modern day novels. DEAD UNTIL
DARK is serio-comic who-done-it with supernatural
overtones to spice the tale and keep mystery, horror, and
fantasy readers elated with the plot and cast. Ms. Harris'
fan base should multiply with what is the beginning of a
Southern paranormal mystery series.
Harriet Klausner /April, 2001
Copyright © 2001
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted April 1, 2002
A Southern Vampire Mystery
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 . . .
Genre: Urban Fantasy