The first volume of the Southern Vampire series saw Sookie Stackhouse, Louisiana bar waitress and telepath, fall in love with the vampire Bill (after saving his life), catch a serial killer, and come to an agreement with Eric, a very powerful vampire, to help him out with her telepathy skills from time to time. This installment opens with another murder - the body of one of Sookie's co-workers is discovered in a car in the parking lot of Merlotte's when Sookie arrives at work one morning. To complicate matters, the body is in the car of a police officer.
Before Sookie can find out more about the murder through the use of her telepathy, she is summoned to Eric's bar, where she finds that her skills have been promised to the vampires in Dallas, who are looking for a missing person. Sookie and Bill set off for Dallas, where what appears to be a simple job turns out to be more complicated - and dangerous - than Sookie could have ever imagined.
This was an enjoyable read, full of action, adventure, interesting supernatural (and mythological) phenomena, and interesting characters. Sookie is coming to realize that Bill is really not human, as much as she cares about him, and that there are things about him that she will never truly understand. Whether or not this will threaten their relationship remains to be seen, but there are some definite ups and downs here, and while at one point toward the end, Sookie says she will try to meet Bill in the middle, it seems to me that she is the one doing all the accommodating. So it will be interesting to see the direction their relationship takes in the next book. There were separate elements to this plot taking place, and I enjoyed the skillful way they came together toward the end to form a very satisfying - and surprising - conclusion.
Books in the Southern Vampire series:
1. Dead Until Dark
2. Living Dead in Dallas
3. Club Dead
4. Dead to the World
5. Dead as a Doornail
6. Definitely Dead
7. Altogether Dead
8. From Dead to Worse
9. Dead and Gone
10. A Touch of Dead (Sookie Stackhouse: The Complete Stories) - to be published October 2009
Living Dead in Dallas (#2 in the Southern Vampire series) by Charlaine Harris (Recorded Books, 2007)
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Avidbookreader: "I love the idea of discovering other mythical and supernatural creatures who are still hiding from mankind. Northern Louisiana hasn’t been the same for Sookie now that she’s firmly entrenched in this fascinating yet dangerous “new” world."
Medieval Bookworm: "I...enjoyed this installment in the series even more. The plot is a little more exciting, especially when it comes to danger to Sookie, the characters get fleshed out a little bit more, and overall it was a ton of fun to get back into Sookie’s world."
Reading Adventures: "Once again, I really enjoyed this read. There were several laugh out loud moments, and the relationship between Bill and Sookie seems to be developing very nicely indeed!"