Book Review ~ Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris

Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse, #2)

Title: Living Dead in Dallas
Author: Charlaine Harris
Series: Sookie Stackhouse #2
Release Date: April 1, 2004
Genre: Paranormal/Mystery

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…

Review:

Book two of the Sookie Stackhouse series was very interesting to me.  There was a lot going on in the book.  So much so that I think it detracted from me enjoying the book more.  I’m not saying that Living Dead in Dallas isn’t a good book because it is, it’s just “busier” than I like.

Living Dead in Dallas picks up shortly after Dead Until Dark and starts off with a bang.  Sookie and Bill are settling into a routine.  Bill is being accepted by more of the citizens of Bon Temps.  Life seems to be going good….

Then a dead body shows up in Andy Bellefleur’s car…..

Then Eric calls on Sookie and Bill to go to Dallas on vampire business.  Which is fine, except for the fact that I thought that it really over powered all the other things that were happening in the book too.  It sort of felt like the initial trouble (the dead body in Andy Bellefluer’s car) is sort of swept under the mat until about the last 30 or so pages of the book.

I did enjoy the introduction of more supernatural beings to the series.  I also enjoyed learning about the Fellowship, which is a vampire hate group and learning how the operate.  A lot of the characters that were in the first book made appearances in Living Dead in Dallas as well.  The showdown at the end where the murderer is revealed was very interesting to read about as well.

What I really didn’t care for was the way several major characters were just swept aside and almost forgotten about in Living Dead in Dallas.  Jason is mentioned in passing.  Sam makes a couple of appearances at the beginning and then is swept under the rug until the showdown at the end.  Andy Bellefleur is even an after thought at points, even AFTER a dead body is found in his car.

Overall, I wasn’t as impressed with Living Dead in Dallas as I wish I was.  In my mind it suffers from “second bookitis.”  I’m still going to continue the series because I have to know what happens next with Sookie, Bill and the rest of the gang.  I’m hoping that the books only improve from here.

Rating: 2 Whiskeys

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