Dead Until Dark
Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire Book 1
Charlaine Harris
Review by WinterRose
Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana.  She’s quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn’t get out much.  Not because she’s not pretty.  She is.  It’s just that, well, Sookie has this sort of “disability.”  She can read minds.  And that doesn’t make her too dateable.  And then along comes Bill.  He’s tall, dark, and handsome — and Sookie can’t hear a word he’s thinking.  He’s exactly the type of guy she’s been waiting for all her life….
But Bill has a disability of his own.  He’s a vampire with a bad reputation.  He hangs with a seriously creepy crowd, all suspected of — big surprise — murder.  And when one of Sookie’s coworkers is killed, she fears she’s next….
Dead until Dark is the first book in the Southern Vampire Mysteries, or Sookie Stackhouse books, by Charlaine Harris. From the first chapter to the last, I was transported into a world of mystery, adventure, and romance with Sookie Stackhouse as my guide.
No slow starts here. From the first chapter to the last it’s nonstop adventure. In the first chapter alone I was introduced to a vampire, vampire drainers, altercations, and mystery.
Small town Sookie Stackhouse is very relatable. Leading a relatively normal life, minus her telepathy, she has strong values  and doesn’t get out much besides her job as a waitress at the local bar. Wanting to meet a vampire for years, Sookie’s life gets all the excitement she wanted and then some when she finally does.
Dead until Dark made me stay up well into the morning with well written and interesting characters, plot twists, humor, romance, mystery, and tastefully written sex and violence.