Monday, September 10, 2012

Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse #2) by Charlaine Harris (4/5 stars).

Title: Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse #2)
Author: Charlaine Harris
Publisher: Orbits
Date Published: 01 April 2004
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Paperback: 288 pages
Rating: 4/5 stars

Sookie Stackhouse likes living in Bon Temps, Louisiana, and she likes working as a cocktail waitress at Merlotte's. But she is having a streak of bad luck. First her co-worker is killed, and no one seems to care. Then she comes face-to-face with a beastly creature which gives her a painful and poisonous lashing. Enter the vampires, who graciously suck the poison from her veins (like they didn't enjoy it).

The point is: the vampires saved her life. So when one of her bloodsuckers asks for a favour, she obliges-and soon Sookie's in Dallas, using her telepathic skills to search for a missing vampire. She's supposed to interview certain humans involved, but she makes one condition: the vampires must promise to behave, and let the humans go unharmed. But that's easier than done, and all it takes is one delicious blonde and one small mistake for things to turn deadly.

In Dead until Dark, Sookie made a promise to Eric that she will read minds for the vampires again and in Living Dead in Dallas, Sookie has to make good on that promise. A missing vampire, Lafayette's (cook in Merlotte's) murder, and meeting other supernatural creatures keeps Sookie's hands full in this book. This book is packed and I really enjoyed reading how Sookie solved the mysteries in this book using her mind reading immensely! In the mystery of the strangled women in Dead until Dark, Sookie found out who the killer was because she was targeted as his next victim without her figuring it out for herself. Sookie figuring out who the killer is just as he reveals himself (like in True Blood) would have been a more suspenseful climax. We get a lot more of hot Eric and his opportunistic ways too, he's such a fun character, I was laughing in Starbucks when he interrupted Bill and Sookie when they were about to have sex. I think Bill is too serious sometimes, I doubt he'll wear pink lycra anytime soon (lol), maybe it's better he didn't end up with Sookie after all. I thought the pacing was really good and the characters absolutely colorful. I'm starting on the next book tonight. 

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