When a vampire asks cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse for a favor, she complies. And soon she’s in Dallas, using her telepathic skills to search for a missing vampire. She agrees to interview the humans involved as long as the bloodsuckers promise to let them go unharmed. Easier said than done. All it takes is one delicious blonde and one small mistake for things to turn deadly.
Living Dead in Dallas is the second installment in the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. I’m really starting to enjoy this series although this book started off pretty slow for me. I seemed to be dragging myself through the first half, but once it picked up, it really picked up. Once again we’re in Bon Temps with Sookie Stackhouse as she goes about her days working for Sam and dating Vampire Bill. When’s she’s asked by Eric, Vampire Sheriff of her district, to help find a missing vampire in Dallas, she concedes as long as no humans are hurt.
To me the book doesn’t really get interesting until her and Bill get to Dallas. That’s when all the real action begins. Sookie once again impresses me with her bravery and cunning in tough situations. Sookie may be from a small back woods town, and she may be a small town country girl, but she is no dummy and is actually quite observant and intelligent. Although she somehow always gets herself into some very precarious situations, she also always seems to work her way out with a little planning and sheer dumb luck.
The whole section of the book where Sookie infiltrates the Fellowship of the Sun is so well written and it really drew me into the story. I liked that we got to see more of Eric in this book and got to meet an array of other minor characters like Sookie’s childhood friend Tara and her fiance Eggs. We also meet some new supernatural creatures and go on a pretty wild ride with Sookie in Dallas.
I enjoyed this book but I think my favorite part was learning about Bill and his past. We learn who his descendants are that are still residing in Bon Temps, and why he has such contempt for the Bellefleurs. All in all it was an enjoyable book. It was slow to start but got much better midway through.
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