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#76 Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris

Cut for possible spoilers for Dead until Dark


Sookie Stackhouse’s life has calmed down a bit since the events of Dead until Dark, until the body of a co-worker is found stashed in Andy Bellefleur’s car. Before Sookie can get too involved in the mystery, Eric sends her and Bill to Dallas, where Sookie will have to use her mind-reading abilities to locate a missing vampire. The evidence seems to point to The Fellowship of the Sun, an anti-vampire church who claim that God wants vampires to be destroyed (but, as Sookie points out, they can’t even get their scripture right). In order to rescue the vampire, Sookie must infiltrate the fellowship, scope out their headquarters, and leave. Only things don’t exactly go as planned.

Living Dead in Dallas is the second book in the Southern Vampires/Sookie Stackhouse series. I can honestly say that I liked it as much as the first. I really enjoyed watching Sookie grow as a character, especially when it comes to her telepathic abilities. Her relationship with the vampire bill is as sexually charged as it was in Dead until Dark. One thing I appreciated was, despite the endless flow of mind-blowing sex, that Sookie and Bill are not presented as an ideal love. The problems behind a vampire/human relationship are not brushed aside with some unrealistic “our love will conquer all” statement, but are instead explored more fully. I liked the sequences that took place in Dallas, but found myself feeling really bad for Sookie. Being a fragile human in a world of super strong vampires and other supernatural creatures, she sure gets beaten up a lot. As far as the parts that take place in Bon Temps, I had to raise an eyebrow at one of Sookie’s decisions at the end of the book. Sure, it ended up bringing her to a place were the she was able to solve the books initial murder, but her choice of escort seemed certain to create problems from the start (I know I’m being pretty vague there, but don’t want to give away any spoilers).

Living Dead in Dallas is a welcome follow up to Dead until Dark. The audiobook keeps the same narrator as the last, which I feel helps the listener develop stronger relationships with the characters (as the voices remain the same). I’m currently listening to book three, Club Dead, which I also like, but not quite as much as Dead until Dark and Living Dead in Dallas.
 

Length: the print version is 291 pages
Source: theaudiolibrary
TBR Pile: 139 books
Similar Books: For other paranormal reads that often involve a mystery storyline, check out The Hollows Series by Kim Harrison (see my review of The Outlaw Demon Wails), The Mercedes Thompson books by Patricia Briggs (see my review of Bone Crossed), and The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher (my reviews).
Other books I've read by this author: Dead Until Dark (my review). Also the short story "Tacky" in My Big Fat Paranormal Wedding (my review)

One more review left, Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs.

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