Title: Dead to the World
Author: Charlaine Harris
Publication Year: 2004
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
Source: Borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
When cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse sees a naked man on the side of the road, she doesn’t just drive on by. Turns out the poor thing hasn’t a clue who he is, but Sookie does. It’s Eric the vampire — but now he’s a kinder, gentler Eric. And a scared Eric, because whoever took his memory now wants his life.
Dead to the World is one of my favourites in this series. Perhaps it’s because I have a soft spot for Eric. There’s just something about him that draws me in. He’s tall, handsome, mysterious … and somehow not as clingy as Bill, even though he shows just as much interest in Sookie. And this book is where things seem to fall together: when Eric is out of it, he’s even more of a sweetheart than the rest of the time, and he’s depending on Sookie.
I liked getting to see Sookie as the stronger person in the book for once. She’s the one protecting Eric, rather than the other way around. While he’s still the physically stronger of the two, she’s the one who knows the score and keeps him safe. Dead to the World is a rare chance to see Sookie’s true spirit shine through, instead of just her vulnerability.