Living Dead in Dallas – Charlaine Harris

Living Dead in Dallas is book number two in The Southern Vampire Mysteries, also known as the True Blood Novels. I’m reviewing all these books based purely on what’s between the covers, without making any comparisons to the TV show.

By now, we’re already getting familiar with the characters, their traits, who’s good, who’s bad, and so on. Enter Sookie, the telepathic waitress. She’s just trying to live a normal life, despite the fact she’s dating a vampire, something that doesn’t go down too well with many of the people she knows. Not one to care what people are thinking (even though she knows exactly what they’re thinking), Sookie carries on regardless. The heat is soon off her, though, when one of her co-workers is found dead; murdered in a most gruesome fashion.

Then, just to make things worse, Sookie herself is attacked and she ends up having her life saved by vampires, namely her boyfriend Bill Compton and vamp sheriff Eric Northman. So now she’s beholden to Eric, and she grudgingly agrees to help him with something. A very important vampire has gone missing, and the vampires’ search has so far been fruitless. Therefore they wish to use Sookie’s telepathic talents in order to read the minds of humans close to the vampires they suspect to see if they know anything.

This involves a trip to Dallas, and things begin to go wrong from the very moment Sookie disembarks the aircraft. The action hots up, and before long the vampires Sookie is working for know what they need to know – but the knowledge has also unearthed a lot more trouble. Will they all survive the fallout? Only one way to find out…

Living Dead in Dallas is a fab continuation of the series. It explores the developing relationship between Bill and Sookie, and also the possible love triangle with Eric. The book was a whizz to get through – the narrative is plain, easy to read, absorbing and I immediately shut this book and picked up the next, desperate to know what happened next…

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