Dead Until Dark: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel (Google eBook)
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Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. Until the vampire of her dreams walks into her life-and one of her coworkers checks out.... Maybe having a vampire for a boyfriend isn't such a bright idea.
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Dead until Dark is the first book in the Sookie Stachhouse novels released by Charlaine Harris. I tend to be a horror/thriller/mystery reader but I figured since I read the 2nd one first in this series I might want to read the first so I can get the back story.
I will say it was an interesting and fast paced story. I find that a lot of times when romance is thrown together with horror or thriller it can go horribly wrong. One is usually overtaken by the other and there is no balance involved. I will say that this is not the case with the Sookie Stackhouse series as it stands. It not only is a whirl wind romance for Sookie and her vampire Bill there is more to the story which is a nice change. It was intertwined with the mystery of the story without being overbearing or the main focus of the book.
The character development was outstanding and the balance between all the characters was believable. Even though this is a fiction book it is important that the characters are believable. Without that key a story is just that, a story that doesn’t draw you in but keeps you on the outskirts and only mildly interested. This book gave enough information about each character and how they have met or interacted which is what made it believable. The murderer in the story was definitely a surprise which can be very hard to achieve, even some very well known writers can telegraph the killer in their books and not realize it. No writer is trying to give away the ending in the first few chapters and Harris achieved keeping the killer a secret until the end.
Dead until Dark
By reading the sample, I was hooked into wanting to continue to read more.