Club Dead by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse #3)
I have enjoyed the first two Sookie Stackhouse books a lot, or at least I thought I had. Then I read number three and really enjoyed it. It may have more to do with actually reading it versus the audio. Not saying the audio isn't good - it's great - I love the reader and her voices are good. But I think I got less confused actually reading it. Also in this one we get the more interesting creatures and love-interests. I think I am now in love with Alcide. I can't decide on the Bill versus Eric debate, kind of like the Ranger versus Morelli. As one of my friends said, "Thank goodness we don't have to decide!"Sookie Stackhouse is having man trouble. Her vampire boyfriend, Bill, has been distant and inattentive lately. Then he announces that he is going on a business trip, which clearly is more than it seems. After a werewolf tries to abduct Sookie at work, Bill's boss, Eric, tells her that Bill fell under the sway of his -- Bill's, that is -- ex, a sexy vamp named Lorena, and has been kidnapped. Eric wants Sookie's help in getting Bill back, and despite her hurt over Bill's betrayal, Sookie agrees to go to Jackson, Mississippi, to find her wayward lover. Eric has persuaded Alcide, a dashing werewolf, to get Sookie access to Josephine's, aka Club Dead, the local hangout of Jackson's supernatural element. In between dodging kidnappers, the advances of amorous Eric, and her growing feelings for Alcide, Sookie has to find out who kidnapped Bill and figure out a way to rescue him.
Great pacing in this one and the characters and situations are very interesting. I love learning more and more about Sookie. She seems to stand on her own more and more with each book and I am looking forward to the next book in this series. It will be back to the audio as I bought it during the recent 3-for-2 sale at audible.com.
On-sale Date: 4/29/2003