This was a great murder mystery mashed up with a paranormal romance. I enjoyed the mystery aspect of the story. I haven't read many mystery novels other than Sherlock Holmes and I want to read more of them now. It's fun have a mystery drive you forward through the story. I really wanted to know who the killer was and I couldn't figure it out. When it was revealed I was surprised and at the same time it made sense. Charlaine Harris did a great job dropping in little hints that I sort of just breezed over. Then when I found out who the killer was I remembered some of the little clues hung here and there throughout the story and it all made total sense. That's some good writing right there.
The author also did a great job at something that surprised me. She made the vampires very scary without hitting you over the head with it. Yes one of the main characters is a vampire who becomes friends with the protagonist but even he is scary. The rest of the vampires in the story are downright terrifying which made every scene with one in it very tense.
For those who are into it the romance story was done well too, but that wasn't why I kept reading this story and I actually had to skip some scenes that were a bit too much for my tastes. I liked the main character Sookie Stackhouse and her family and friends. I liked how high the steaks were in the action scenes because of the fact that the vampire characters were so powerful. A lot of people die in this book and you never quite feel that everyone is safe so there was great tension throughout the story.
I don't think I'll read the next one because this genre isn't really my thing but I'm really glad I read this one. It was done very well and I'm sure the many books in this series only get better.
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