#9 Jeff Lindsay's "Dearly Devoted Dexter"


Yes, I surpassed The Catcher in the Rye to read a Dexter book in lieu of Dexter starting next Sunday.  So what?  As you can see, I don't stick to my "next up:  books" very well; I'm okay with that.  Deal.

Anyway, Dexter Dexter Dexter.  This book is the second in the Dexter series.  I read the first a couple of years ago and have owned the second and third for the same length of time and just haven't gotten around to reading them.  The fifth book was just released (or is soon to be released... I don't remember which for sure.)

After reading the first book I was discouraged.  The story went about the same as the first season of the show, yet the show was much better than the book.  (How often can you say that?  Maybe it's different with TV shows than movies...)  Anyway, I assumed the latter books would follow suit.  (A book seems to come out each season.  It only makes sense, right?)  Wrong.  The second book has a few similarities to the second season of the show, but really is nothing like it.

I liked this book for the most part.  It was hard for me to get into in the beginning, but once I got a bit further, it turned out to not be so bad.  I still like the show better.  I mean, come on... it's Michael C. Hall.  Love!  (Although it weirds me out that his wife plays his sister in the show.  I guess it would be stranger if his sister played his wife though...)

This book is twisted and a bit gruesome, yet oddly humorous in parts.  You'll still fall in love with Dexter, even though he is a murderer.

My biggest complaint with this book (other than it not being as good as the show) is that the climax of the book happened in the last 5 pages or so and was resolved and the book was ended all within those 5 pages.  That's a bit quick.  It was almost as if Lindsay decided he just wanted to be done writing it.

I plan to read the third book, since I own it and will judge at that point whether I will read #4 or #5.

This book is:  Recommended on the basis of it being a quick read and if you don't like it, you will decide so in the first couple of chapters and can quit reading it.  (Does that make it a true recommendation?  Probably not, but meh... what can you do?)

First line teaser:  "It's that moon again, slung so fat and low in the tropical night, calling out across a curdled sky and into the quivering ears of that dear old voice in the shadows, the Dark Passenger, nestled snug in the backseat of the Dodge K-car of Dexter's hypothetical soul."  (Yes, first sentence AND first paragraph!)

Next Up:  Finishing The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (but probably also starting something else.)  :)

2 Responses to “#9 Jeff Lindsay's "Dearly Devoted Dexter"”

  1. Unknown says:

    I've never watched the show, but I really want to. I have a weird thing for serious killers. Not that I'm one of those that wants to marry one or anything, I'm not sick.
    Speaking of books from TV shows, are you a Castle fan? I've thought about reading one of the Richard Castle books, but it seems weird to read a book written by a fictional character. And on that note, who actually writes those books? So much research to do.

  2. Unknown says:

    I love Dexter. The show and the character and I MIGHT actually think about marrying him if he asked me... just sayin'.

    Ha! I didn't know about the Richard Castle books. I watched the series premier of Castle like a year before it ACTUALLY premiered on tv (I did a test market for it and approved it but said they needed to change the main female character, which THEY did.) Anyway, I liked it and then watched it when it premiered on tv and then never watched it again, for some reason. I don't know why.

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