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, 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....
Sookie Stackhouse is a mind-reading bar waitress in Bon Temps-and her world changes forever when a vampire called Bill moves into the area, the first ever to do so. Sookie finds that she cannot read his mind and becomes captivated by him despite the danger. When she saves his life, a love affair develops which gets the tongues wagging, especially when local girls start getting murdered. These girls are fangbangers-vampire groupies, and each has a connection to Jason, Sookie's brother, making him a prime suspect. Sookie and Bill delve into the vampire clubs for answers, trying to find the real killer, who seems to be targeting Sookie.
Sookie is a great character-likeable, naive, vulnerable and kind, the type of girl you'd want as a best friend as you know she would always be there for you if you were in trouble. I had sympathy for her curse of knowing what everyone thinks about her, seeing her as an idiot or someone mentally challenged. I think knowing everyone's secrets might be fun for a while but after hearing some of the things that people think about, that gift could get old fast. Bill is written as a more traditional menacing vampire who would kill anyone who threatened his girl-kind of romantic in a homicidal sort of way I guess! He is protective of Sookie but knows that bringing her into his world is dangerous for her, especially with her gift. But he is also an old fashioned gentleman and treats her well. It's not hard to see why Sookie falls for him.
There are some really good supporting characters which is important in a long series. I like Sam the best and I'm kind rooting for him to win Sookie over at some point! I also love the invention of Bubba who is a famous face amongst vampires. The characters are all so much nicer in the books than they are portrayed in the series 'True Blood', especially Jason and Andy. I prefer the Ms Harris versions thank you!
The plot was a murder mystery with paranormal romance thrown in for good measure. The investigation is interesting and it keeps you guessing who the killer is until close to the end when, if you follow the hints, you know who it is. This was a good starting book for the series and I actually read it after the second book so I knew most of what happened in it before I read it though it didn't spoil my enjoyment of it.
Read April 2010.