The telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse is still in a relationship with vampire Bill Compton, although it seems like he is more interested in his current, mysterious project than in her. Bill won’t disclose much of his assignment, but makes sure that Sookieknows that it is a secret to be kept from Eric Northman, the attractive Sheriff of Area Five. Bill eventually announces that he is leaving Bon Temps to finish his assignment, and tellsSookie that if he goes missing she should hide his computer in her house and then place herself under Eric’s protection.
Bill is missing for days, and eventually Pam shows up at Merlotte’s. The vampire is full of information: not only does she share that Bill answered the call of Lorena, his previous girlfriend, another vampire, and she tells Sookie that Bill is now actually among the missing, and that Eric is actively looking for him.
A few days later Eric shows up in Sookie’s house and asks her to go to Mississippi and search for clues about Bill. He promises her protection in the form of AlcideHerveaux, a werewolf whose father owes some money to the vampires.
Alcide is attractive and friendly but he also has some issues to deal with. His ex-girlfriend, Debbie is planning to get engaged at the supernatural club in Jackson that Alcide and Sookie plan to search for information. Sookie pretends to be Alcide’s girlfriend, and that makes Debbie very jealous and Sookie gets a new enemy.
Through some misfortune, a dead werewolf and mind reading, Sookie establishes that Bill is being kept in the King of Mississippi, Russell Edington’s mansion. Sookie manages to get her and Eric entry into the mansion, but can they get Bill out alive? How will Sookie deal with her new fascination with Alcide, not to mention her ongoing attraction to Eric? What is up with Lorena and what will Bill have to say for himself when he is finally free, and need to answer why he left Sookie in the first place?
The third book in the series, Club Dead, is as fun and frothy as the other two previous ones. The book is well written and structured, but there were places where scenes were drawn out. So far these reads have been fun, interesting and sexy all at the same time (can I please find a man like that?!)
The fun about these books is that it is nothing like Twilight. I don’t know if these were written before or after Twilight, but these books are original and so different from the Stephanie Meyer ones it is funny. For one, Sookie Stackhouse is definitely able to survive without Bill Compton. She speaks her mind and doesn’t mess with the men she knows she won’t choose over Bill. The vampire lore is much more on par with what has always been said – vampires sleeping during the day in coffins, etc.
The addition of Alcidewas a good idea, and I found his humanity a delightful contrast to the vampire mannerisms. I do find it highly amusing that each man Sookie meets wants to jump into her pants (it feels a bit Elena Gilbert-ish) but I still like her character.
Eric Northman still sounds so delicious and hilarious and cocky (I really need to watch True Blood) and I wish he could be featured more heavily in the books.
I’m still irritated that the vampires need to sleep at day though (or more jealous as I would love to sleep during the day)
This series is highly addicting! I’ve been binge reading for the past two weeks on these books but as I am a super-fast reader and not keen to run out of my current obsession, I am going to start having to pace myself!