Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series #4)

Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series #4)

by Charlaine Harris


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Psychic Sookie Stackhouse has her hands full with an amnesiac vampire in the fourth seductive novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

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 the vampire Eric Northman—but now he’s a kinder, gentler Eric. And a scared Eric, because whoever took his memory now wants his life.

Sookie’s investigation into why leads straight into a dangerous battle among witches, vampires, and werewolves. But a greater danger could be to Sookie’s heart—because the kinder, gentler Eric is very difficult to resist...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780441011674
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/04/2004
Series: Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire Series
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.62(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.87(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Charlaine Harris is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse and Midnight, Texas, fantasy/mystery series and the Aurora Teagarden, Harper Connelly, and Lily Bard mystery series. Her books have inspired HBO’s True Blood, NBC’s Midnight, Texas, and the Aurora Teagarden movies for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. She has lived in the South her entire life.


Southern Arkansas

Date of Birth:

November 25, 1951

Place of Birth:

Tunica, Mississippi


B.A. in English and Communication Arts, Rhodes, 1973

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The New Year’s Eve party at Merlotte’s Bar and Grill was finally, finally, over. Though the bar owner, Sam Merlotte, had asked all his staff to work that night, Holly, Arlene, and I were the only ones who’d responded. Charlsie Tooten had said she was too old to put up with the mess we had to endure on New Year’s Eve, Danielle had long-standing plans to attend a fancy party with her steady boyfriend, and a new woman couldn’t start for two days. I guess Arlene and Holly and I needed the money more than we needed a good time.

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Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series #4) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2210 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book that I found was really great. The best of the series. I couldn't put it down. And it killed me when I finished it. It is a book where you don't want the story to ever end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never thought I would enjoy this series, but right from the first chapter of book 1, I was hooked!! This is not the kind of book I would ordinarily buy, but book 1 was given to me by a friend. she had not read it & said she bought it by mistake. I happened to open it up when I had nothing else to read & "BAM" I was hooked!!
I find Sookie an absolute delight. I love reading about each & every new & different species she manages to come across. She is serious where she should be & light hearted where it's appropriate.
I'm so happy that Sookie & Eric get together in this book, since I've always been rather partial to him.
I look forward to the other books in this series and I sure hope they all stay as good as the first four. I was not disappointed with this installment.
Heidi-Tieman More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Eric is my favorite love interest of Sookie's. Mysterious with a hint of danger. His sense of humor is so much better than Bill's. I can't wait to see what happens next now that he has his memory back! Another great book to an awesome series. Keep them coming Charlaine! If you love this series, check out True Blood on HBO. It strays a bit from the books but still a great show to watch!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best Southern Vampire novel in the entire series! This is of course my favorite installment and I hated to see it end and savored the last pages with gusto. Sookie Stackhouse is still mourning her breakup with Bill when he tells her that he's off to Peru to meet with some vampires there. But Sookie isn't able to think about Bill much when, on her drive home from work, she finds vampire Eric, scared and vulnerable, wandering the streets in the middle of the night with almost no clothes on. He's lost his memory, has no idea what has happened to him, so Sookie decides to look after him. She is shocked to find that he is no longer the no-nonsense vampire trying to get into her pants that he'd once been. It appears that some witches have put a spell on Eric and are planning to wreak havoc among the supernaturals in Shreveport. To make matters worse, Sookie's brother is missing. This is the fourth book in the series, and finds Sookie back in Bon Temps still fuming at the perfidy of her ex-boyfriend Bill the vampire (yes, I said Bill). In fact all that Sookie wants to do is wait on tables, watch cable, and not get beaten up by yet another supernatural creature. In fact, when Bill announces he is bound for Peru to do research, she is even a bit pleased. But nothing lasts, and while driving home one night she finds Eric, the Area 5 vampire sheriff wandering around in various states of undress, and lacking any memory of who he was. Harris introduces new story lines in Dead to the World that I loved. The addition of the werecreatures further developed the paranormal world that runs alongside the quiet human one that we live in every day. The werecreatures felt like a different type of paranormal nightmare: if the vampires are the elite, the werecreatures are the motorcycle gang. The different mentality created a tension in the plot and Sookie herself that kept the pace moving quickly. Great read. Don't bother with HBO.    
Openbooksociety_dot_com More than 1 year ago
Second Read Through Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi The fourth installment of the Sookie Stackhouse series takes us to a new year in Bon Temps. Sookie’s New Year’s resolution is to stay out of trouble and not get beat up. That is one that probably will be thrown out along with all the resolutions people make to lose weight and quit smoking pretty early in the year. On her way home from work, Sookie finds a half naked Eric running down the road. She pulls over to see what’s wrong and what he’s running from and she discovers that he doesn’t remember her or anything else about his life. Eric was cursed by a powerful were-witch that feeds on vampire blood (could we involve anymore sups into this character?) when he wouldn’t give her what she wanted; him and his business. Thanks to Jason, Sookie ends up hiding Eric at her house until the vampires can’t straighten out what’s going on and can get the spell lifted from Eric. Soon after Sookie takes custody of Eric, Jason disappears from his house in a way that screams foul play. Now Sookie has to divide her time between finding out what happened to her brother and trying to help Eric get his memory back, even though a part of her likes this new Eric better! She also must discover if the two incidents are connected. Could the witch that cursed Eric be responsible for kidnapping Jason? This is actually a re-read of this book for me. It was originally my favorite of the entire Sookie Stackhouse series. What can I say? I love Eric! I had started liking him in the previous books, but let’s face it I was never a Bill fan and I wanted Sookie with anybody, but him so I welcomed Eric with open arms. Eric was always so good at hiding his true nature that it was nice to see him completely exposed in this book. He had no choice, but to show Sookie how he really felt about her as he didn’t have his usual methods about him to cover up his real feelings. And what was left was a sweet guy even if he was a little lost and you just have to love his honesty. “I should be concerned about your brother, because I love having sex with you, and I should want you to think well of me so you’ll want sex, too” And let’s face it, Eric with amnesia is HOT! And if you still aren’t sold on him, watch an episode of True Blood, the actor that portrays him, Alexander Skarsgard will definitely get your juices flowing! The Jason storyline really didn’t interest me that much, but then again you really didn’t know what was going on while he was away so it’s hard to glean much from it. I have to admit that I didn’t like this book as much the second time around. Maybe because I remember it being my favorite and my expectations were too high…and that is always dangerous!! I was debating on giving the story a lower rating this time around, but the book was still good and I decided to go ahead and give a rating to reflect my original thoughts on this book; Five stars This review and more at openbooksociety dot com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't judge the series based on the HBO show. The books are so rich and this ohe is great. This book made me love Eric Northman. Highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will bow you away. The amazing part about this book is that eric is in better sperits and amazingly enough has feelings!!!!! This book will make your heart race to the max and when you read you might want to remember to breath.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the tv show but the books are proving to be so much better
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im loving the series but this is hands down my favorite book. I couldnt put it down and read through it very quickly, which is saying something since im not the fastest reader. Im so curious to see how things work out for sookies love life in the end.
DeniseB320 More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book! I have read the entire series but this one is the one I always go back to!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thrilling, funny, and sexy all rolled up in one great read! It's fun to hear Johanna Parker narrate, and I believe it makes the story that much better. This is a must listen!
Ashley Starr More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Eric in this one!! I think this one might have been my favorite.
Brent Tedder More than 1 year ago
I am a HUGE Eric fan so i enjoyed her idea on this story.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
Dead To The World is the fourth book in the Sookie Stackhouse series by popular American author, Charlaine Harris. After the painful events in Jackson, Mississippi, a few weeks earlier, telepathic cocktail waitress, Sookie Stackhouse has vowed off all involvement with vampires. Her ex-boyfriend, vampire Bill, has gone to Peru when, driving home just after New Year, Sookie finds his boss, Eric, (vampire) Sheriff of Area 5, wandering, half naked, on the road near her home, with a convincing case of amnesia. What else can she do but take him home? Then, to complicate matters further, her brother, Jason goes missing. This instalment sees Sookie encountering vampires, shifters and Weres (as usual), but also Witches, Wiccans and a Fairy. She manages to get on the right side of a Were packmaster, get a marriage proposal from a shifter, save a Werewolf’s life, joins the residents of Bon Temps in a search through the woods, get shot at, witness a battle between a bunch of supernaturals, and kill two people. Sookie discovers that she may not be popular with regular guys because of her gift, but the supernaturals find her attractive in spite of, or sometimes because of, it. Lots of fun!
cmodrzejewski More than 1 year ago
Like the others, it's a fun read!
HBT More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book from the start. After reading this book I am undecided which character I would like to see Sookie end up with. Alcide, Eric, Sam, and Bill have their strengths and faults. I think Sookie judges Eric too strongly and would like to see her get knocked off her high horse. I mean after everything he has done for her in this book, she should not judge him the way she does. I also liked that Charlaine Harris explained why the Vampire Bubba could enter places he was not invited into. It was not a strong explanation in my opinion but it is better than nothing. One thing I have not liked in all of the books in this series so far is how facts of the characters are repeated all the time. For example the death of Sookie's parents, her gift/disability, Tara's childhood, the relationship of the cops and more that I have not listed. I am going to go and buy the next two book in the series, I want to know what is going on with Sookie's brother Jason and Eric. I hope he remembers the time he spent with Sookie in this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sookie Stackhouse is a small-town cocktail waitress in Louisiana. She is a human with the special talent of telepathy. Since the Great Revelation, when vampires announced their presence to the world, everyone's eyes have opened. Sookie's first real boyfriend, Bill Compton, came around shortly thereafter. Since vampires are dead, it is tough for Sookie to hear their thoughts. It made Bill perfect for her. Until Bill cheated on her (last book) and they broke up. Through Sookie's adventures with Bill, she learned that Vampires are not the only supernatural predator in the world. But Weres, Fairies, Shifter, and the like, still did not want their presence known to humans. ............................. Bill is off to Peru, on assignment, for a couple of weeks. The New Year's Eve celebration finally ends. Sookie's resolutions are to not get beaten up and to stay out of trouble. (Har-de-har-har!) The night is not even over and Sookie is driving home when she spies a man running, nude, down the road as if someone or something is after him. Turns out that he has amnesia. He has no memory of why he is tunning in the nude. He does not even know his name. Sookie does, of course. It is Eric! He is still scary and sexy, but no longer cruel and sly. ......................... A coven of powerful witches have moved into the area. They plan to take over the businesses of the vampires. The leader, Hallow, cursed Eric with amnesia, but did not expect him to vanish. The witches put a huge bounty out for information on Eric's location. Sookie has the task of keeping Eric hidden in her home, until the evil witches are dealt with. Sookie knows this is dangerous, but she is more worried about how alluring the new, nicer Eric is. At the same time, Sookie's brother, Jason has disappeared. ........................ **** If you do not read the previous books in this series, you will find yourself wondering why Sookie is worried about a few things. This book picks up a few weeks after the last one left off. As usual, the novel begins and ends the major plot of the story. But a few juicy sub-plots are left dangling, to be continued in the next. Those on-going tid-bits are one of the wonderful things the fans of this series enjoys very much! But this book does not touch on the Sookie, Bill, and Eric triangle as much. Bill is demoted to a minor character this time around. ......................... The author is just as witty in her writing as always. Jason, Sookie's brother, is finally being pulled into the Supernatural mess as well. Lively (no pun intended), witty, intense, and just plain fun reading. Wonderful! ****
pandawnmonium on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I listened to the audio version of this, and it's rather entertaining that way.I think that any adaptation of this series is a good adaptation.And who can go wrong with sexy vampires?
emhromp2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm starting to love this series more and more. It's truly addictive!
JessicaBadrick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love vampires and The Sookie Stack house Vampires are in my top five best vampires. My favorite is Dead to the world because it shows more of eric as he is my favorite character.
susanbevans on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sookie Stackhouse is certainly a magnet for the weird and wild. While driving home from work late one night she stumbles upon a barefoot and bare-chested man running along the road leading to her house. It turns out to be Eric Northman - vampire Sheriff of Area 5 in Louisiana - and he has lost his memory. Soon after Sookie takes him in to keep him safe, her brother Jason disappears. Once again, Sookie and the supernatural community in Bon Temps, Louisiana must work together, to restore Eric's memory and locate her missing brother.Finally Sookie is back in Louisiana - which is exactly where I like her! And the entertaining cast of characters in her world is growing by leaps and bounds. In Dead to the World Charlaine Harris introduces us to a new colony of shapeshifters: the were-panthers from Hotshot, LA. An inbred and eccentric group, the panthers are looking to add some new blood to their gene pool. There was plenty of man-candy to go around in Dead to the World. I was happy to spend more time with Eric - he was basically the leading man of the piece - and Alcide was back with the Shreveport werewolves to help Sookie with her problems. I just love the way Charlaine Harris develops her characters! She masterfully creates original and enigmatic but believable characters.The Southern Vampire Series is delightfully easy and fun to read. Being absorbed into Sookie's world is not only exceptionally diverting, but also impossible to resist. I'm moving on to the next book just as soon as I finish this review!
snat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After thoroughly enjoying Club Dead, I thought this one back-pedaled a little. When Sookie finds Eric Northman (the Viking vampire who owns the vampire bar Fangtasia in modern day Shreveport, Louisiana) on the side of the road, he seems dazed and disoriented. And with good reason--he's lost his memory. Gone is the smug, sarcastic, and arrogant Eric that Sookie's always known and, in his place, is a scared and dependent vampire. And that's part of why I didn't like this as much--Eric's just not as much fun in this one. I won't wax profound over this novel. These books are the equivalent of cheesecake bites--they're addictive and you feel a little guilty for indulging in one because this is not great literature. In fact, the writing really is pretty terrible, but what she lacks in writing skill Harris makes up for in a vivid imagination and a savy for knowing how to keep us interested in the life of Sookie Stackhouse.
kritikarr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My favourite novel from the Southern Vampire Series, heaps of fun! Team Eric!
Poemyhero on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm a HUGE Sookie Stackouse (hence, Charlaine Harris) fan but I'll admit, I was a bit disappointed by this fourth book. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed. I liked the "new" Eric. My problem was that it seemed as though the book was very drawn out. So I liked it because I like the characters but I wasn't jumping up and down over it. I loved the first three and so I'm still going on to the fifth because I think maybe she was just having a lull in her there's the whole Bill thing...but without revealing too much I'll leave it at that.