Dead Until Dark – Southern Vampire Mysteries, No 1 by Charlaine Harris

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Dead Until Dark (Southern Vampire Mysteries, No. 1)

By: Charlaine Harris

Published by: Ace Hardcover
ISBN: 0441015972

Genre: Paranormal, Horror
Pages: 320

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Recommendable for people who:
Enjoy vampires, suspense, horror

For years, Charlaine Harris has delighted fans with her mystery series featuring small-town waitress-turned-paranormal sleuth Sookie Stackhouse. Now, we are pleased to offer her first novel in the series in a special hardcover edition. And with HBO launching an all-new show, True Blood, based on the Southern Vampire novels, the demand for Charlaine Harris and Sookie Stackhouse will be bigger than ever.

My Thoughts:

About Sookie Saturday:  I read the Southern Vampire Mysteries  last year, flipping through the pages while listening to the audio books.  I pulled a butt-numb-a-thon and did all of the books in like 9 days! Go me!  Since it had been a while since I read these books, I am flipping back through them to try to refresh myself and exactly what goes down in each book.   So much happens in each book, please forgive any plot mix ups on my part.  My plan is to do a SOOKIE Review every Saturday, so for the next 10 (hopefully 11 if I grab the newest one!) weeks – we’ll be celebrating SOOKIE SATURDAY!  Also, please be warned->   Sookie Saturday posts may or may not contain SPOILERS!


So in Dead Until Dark we meet the main cast of characters that will pretty much be with us through out the entire series!

  • Sookie – kind of a telepath (hears everyone’s thoughts)
  • Jason – Sookie’s hot brother
  • Bill – Broody vampire guy
  • Eric – hot vampire guy
  • Sam – Sookie’s boss
  • Pam – Eric’s assistant vampire lady (my fav character in the series!!!)
  • Rene  – Jason’s co-worker
  • Bubba – vampire body guard (you wont believe who this REALLY is!!!)


Yea, I think that’s the bulk of important peeps.

So in this book, we meet Sookie.  She is a waitress at Merlottes , a bar owned by her friend Sam Merlotte.  She is pretty and also can hear people’s thoughts.  She meets Bill, a vampire and is surprised to realize she can NOT hear his thoughts so of course he is a mystery to her and she flips out in love for him pretty much right from the get go.

About the time Sook falls for this subdued mystery vamp, people in town start coming up dead.  (Even people close to Sookie, which broke my hear!!)  Most of the dead girls, of course, have had relations with Sook’s brother Jason.  Because he is a slut.  Hey, don’t be mad.  I’m just calling it like I reads it.  So book one, is pretty much Bill tying to keep Sookie from getting killed while we all try to figure out who the killer is.  And I won’t spoil it, but I so did not want it to be who it is.

I think one of the reasons I loved this series is because Harris has a way of writing that just feels “real”.  This is a book, about people from the south.  I could tell it was written by someone from the south.  Most authors, when writing about people from the deep south, have a way of almost making us sound “dumb”.  Even if they don’t intend it.  This book didn’t come across that way.  It just felt real.  Well, not the paranormal stuff – but the CHARACTERS.  I felt a connection to Sookie.  Being a southerner myself, it just felt “right”; even with all the paranormal stuff.  Does that even make sense? 

I don’t know what else I can say about Dead Until Dark without spoiling it!!  I loved this book.  This SERIES of books!  I mean, I liked it so much I did the entire series in a little over a week.  Come  on.  If that’s not liking a book – I don’t know what is!

Warning to parents: this is an adult novel.  It contains: blood, gore, and sexual content

Join me next Saturday for Living Dead in Dallas (Southern Vampire Mysteries, Book 2)

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