Sookie Stackhouse 1. Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Bon Temps, Louisiana. She’s quiet, doesn’t get out much, and tends to mind her own business – except when it comes to her “disability.” Sookie can read minds. And that doesn’t make her too dateable. Then along comes Bill Compton. He’s tall, dark, handsome – and Sookie can’t hear a word he’s thinking. He’s exactly the type of guy she’s been waiting for all her life…But Bill has a disability of his own: he’s a vampire with a bad reputation. And when a string of murders hits Bon Temps – along with a gang of truly nasty bloodsuckers looking for Bill – Sookie starts to wonder if having a vampire for a boyfriend is such a bright idea…