Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

Title: Dead Until Dark
Author: Charlaine Harris
Series: Sookie Stackhouse #1
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 292 pages
Genre: Speculative Fiction - Paranormal
Overall Rating:

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Sookie Stackhouse is a cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana, but she keeps to herself and doesn't date much because of her "disability" to read minds. When she meets Bill, Sookie can't hear a word he's thinking. He's the type of guy she's waited for all of her life, but he has a disability, too - he's a vampire with a bad reputation. When one of Sookie's coworkers is killed, she fears she's next.  
I so wish that I’ve known about this book before I watched “True Blood” series on HBO. Not knowing about the mystery that enveloped the town of Bon Temps and how it all may end will surely add more to the suspense element that the author tried to inject throughout the book. But nonetheless, the book is still good and I did enjoy most part of it.

The story began with the introduction to the life of Sookie Stackhouse as a waitress at Merlotte’s in small-town Louisiana. She wasn’t just an ordinary girl as she was born with the ability to hear people’s thought. This “disability” of hers pretty much ripped off her social life until the day Bill Compton walked into the bar. In the world where Sookie lived in, the vampires were already “out of the coffin” and Bill was one of them. But this didn’t stop Sookie from being drawn to him because he was the only man she ever met whose mind she cannot read. However, ever since Bill moved in the town of Bon Temps, a few mysterious deaths started to occur. It looked like vampires work at first due to the existence of bitten marks on every victim, but later on, police also began to suspect Sookie’s womaniser brother, Jason, due to the fact that he was involved with the victims shortly before they were murdered. The question right now was: Who actually did it and why?

With a great mixture of romance, comedy, suspense and fantasy, Dead until Dark didn’t bore me a bit. I fell in love with both of its main characters and it was interesting to see the romance bud between the two of them. However, I wish that there were not so much explicit parts in this book because the frequency of its occurring was quite annoying. Other than that, this was definitely a good light read. Here’s hoping that the next instalment would be even better than this one.


  1. I would love to read this one !
    Thanks for sharing your review :)

  2. wow..i know i will love this book..but really has to wait.i know about the book but i never know about the true blood series on tv.muahaha!i really hope the series will stop at the 10th installment all together dead (i think that's the one)..

    thanks for the review btw!

    p/s: less than 50 pages of the patterson's,but it already made me cried..

  3. @IceJewel: You should! And it seriously better if you haven't watch the series yet. That kinda blew off the surprises.

    @Darlyn: You didn't!? *lol* The series was great and the actors were all yummy ;) Do watch it when you have the chance, but make sure you read the book first. About that Patterson book - is it thick?

  4. I keep hearing great things about this series. Great review.

  5. Glad you enjoyed it, I really must get back to the series, I think I'm up to book 6. Love the True Blood series but season 2 kind of moved away from the book storyline.

  6. I just finished reviewing book 6, Definitely Dead. In my opinion, they only get better as the series goes on. I started watching True Blood before I found out about the books too, so once I got past the second book they got a lot more exciting. Not that I didn't enjoy the first two books, it was just more interesting when I didn't know what was going to happen next!

  7. I'm glad I haven't watched the show, that gives me hope on enjoying it. I have it on my list for this year but can't seem to get motivated to read it.

    Nice review

  8. Shy, just like Sunday's at tiffany's, it's thin like 289 pages. but a worth read..i wish it could be thicker than that!

  9. I'm not into this vampire stuff much. But you seem to recommend this book so I might give it a try! Nice review. :D

    Une Parole

  10. @Teddyree and Natalie: As for now, I'm *fasting* from watching any more True Blood until I'm done with the second book. Seriously hope that this one would be even better.

    @Darlyn: When I read "Sundays at Tiffany's" the other day, I also wish that the book didn't end that fast. Very good read and am gonna try to find the book you talked about as well. The storyline sounds like something I'd definitely love.

  11. When I read the first two books in the series, I kept comparing them to True Blood. I'm not too thrilled with the series so far. Kinda wondering what the hype is all about. But I am determined to continue on, hoping the series gets better.