Author: Charlaine Harris
Genre: Fantasy/Romance/Women Detective – Fiction
Publication Date: May 2001
Age Range: Adult
Date Scoot Read: July 2010
Scoot's Rating: 7- Enjoyed most of it.
Synopsis (via 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.
What I liked most about this book was the main character Sookie. I found her personality down to earth and realistic. She was tough and brave when she needed to be, but soft-hearted the majority of the time. I enjoyed the storyline. I found it original and enjoyed the mystery element of the murders. Charlaine does a great job building her characters and giving them each their own personality. Something I disliked about the book was the ‘instant’ love story. It felt like Bill and Sookie were in love and sleeping together with barely a conversation between the two of them. I am not a big fan of instant romance… I prefer the protagonists to have to work a little before they fall in love or at least have a few decent conversations. This love seemed to come out of no where and felt way more like ‘lust’ than ‘love’. There were too many love scenes for my comfort level. Overall I enjoyed the story and will eventually continue reading the series to find out more of what happens with the vampires and more in small-town Louisiana. But it is not at the top of my list of things to do.
Also – I just have to put in a plug for the Audiobook. I listened to this book after purchasing it at Audible.com and Johanna Parker - the actress reading for Sookie - did an excellent job! Books can often be ruined in the Audiobook format by a bad reading, but this one was top of the line.