I've read a few of the Sookie Stackhouse novels by the same author -- I liked them but I didn't read the whole series simply because I'm not passionate about vampire stories. To my great disappointment, the first book in this series about a young woman who can see how people died turned out to be quite boring. The premise was intriguing and I was excited to start the book but, sadly, the story is told in a very monotonous tone with little emotion. It's like the author forgot to develop the sadness, the horror, the torment, the anger, the worry -- instead, she opted for a cool clinical approach. At some point, I started to wonder if she actually wrote the book herself...It's a far cry from the books that inspired the True Blood television series. I give this book only 2 stars out of five (bad, boring).