Year of Publication: 2002
Categories: Mystery, Vampire
Summary (from goodreads.com): Cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse is on a streak of real bad luck. First, her co-worker gets murdered and no one seems to care. Then Sookie is attacked – and poisoned – late one night by some weird and apparently mythical beast. She only survives because the local vampires roll up and graciously suck the poison from her veins (like they didn’t enjoy it). But in return the blood-suckers need a favor.
Which is why Sookie ends up in Dallas, using her telepathic skills to search for a missing vampire, on the condition that her undead friends don’t do anything, well, vampiric while she’s there. Easier said than done. All it takes is one delicious blond and one small mistake for things to turn deadly…
Review: I really liked this book! It only took me three days to read even though I had to work all of those days. I came home and I immediately wanted to read.
It was great to get more information about the main characters – you really get to know them better. For instance, Sookie discovers her “powers” are more useful than she had previously thought they were. Charlaine Harris also introduced a whole new group of vampires as well, so it was interesting to see the inter-vampire dynamics. As well as new vampires, there are also more shapshifters like Sam, as well as a new mythological creature.
Eric continues to intrigue me. I’m not sure what it is about him, but I think he has a bigger part in the books than there is right now. I had the same feeling about Neville in the first few Harry Potter books.He was nicer to Sookie than I thought he was going to be, but I still think there’s something very creepy about him.
One thing that I really like about the books is the setting in Louisiana. I’ve never been there, but it’s a lot of fun to read about it. I almost feel like I’m there. Half of this book takes place in Dallas, so I missed out on a little bit of Bon Temps.
If you’re looking for a good quick read that you won’t want to put down, check out Dead in Dallas, the second book in the Sookie Stackhouse Mystery series.
Disclosure: I borrowed this book from the library.