Book Review: Dead Until Dark, Charlaine Harris

Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1)Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have not read many vampire mystery novels, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this book. It was…okay. Not great, but not the worst book ever either.

First: Characters.

Sookie is an interesting person. She’s a telepathic waitress and has a hard time shutting peoples’ thoughts out, so basically everyone thinks she’s crazy and she knows peoples’ dark secrets.


While this does explain why she has a hard time making friends, and why she might not have the best grades, it doesn’t explain why she can’t see a dangerous situation until one hits her in the face.

Bill Compton, the vampire love interest, is plain and kinda flat. I honestly don’t have much to say about him, because he’s just not very memorable.

As for the other characters, there wasn’t much development, and they were basically cardboard cutout characters. Easily forgettable.


Second: Plot.

The plot was actually pretty interesting. It revolves around the murders of women who like to have sex with vampires, or “fang-bangers”. Since Sookie is technically one of these women, the murderer comes after her as well, but she is still unable to see who it is. (*cough* telepathy *cough*)

To be honest, I’d figured out who the murderer was by the second murder, all from one line. I kept reading because I wanted to see how the case would be solved, and I was kind of disappointed, but not much.

Not much to say about the plot.

One more thing: when I picked up this book, I did not expect it to be as explicit as it was. I wanted vampires and murder, not porn.

Overall, it was a good book, but I don’t think I’ll be reading the rest.

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