I’m late to the party with this series. I had not heard of the Southern Vampire Series until recently, and decided to give the first book, originally published in 2001, a try (I believe there are 8 Sookie Stackhouse books). I was about a third of the way through it when I found out that the series is now also a show on HBO called True Blood.
Sookie lives a quiet life with her Gran in small Bon Temps, Louisiana. She waitresses at the local beer joint, Merlotte’s, where people think she’s a bit odd. You see, Sookie has a “disability” as she calls it — she can read minds. Her quiet world is turned upside down when Bill, a dark sexy vampire who is trying his best to fit into small town life, walks into the bar one night. As her romance with Bill blossoms, women start turning up dead.
Harris keeps the story moving along and the premise that vampires “come out of the coffin” and live openly among humans, even stopping by the local bar for a cold one (synthetic blood, that is) is unique and intriguing. The story veers awfully close to romance novel territory in places, and I would have liked for it to be a little less fluffy and a little more dark, but overall a very entertaining read and I’m looking forward to seeing the HBO series. That being said, I’m not chomping at the bit to read the second Sookie Stackhouse book, but then I’m not big on series fiction to start with. Recommended.