Darkly Dreaming Dexter: Book Review

So I have become a bit of a Dexter addict. James and I got a free one months subscription to Netflix, and, well, my evenings were lost to Mr Dexter. I found the show incredibly engaging and I could have happily watched it all day… but Netflix only had up until Season 2 and that kinda stymied my party. But what does any good book nerd do when she likes the TV show but has no more? She buys the book. Obviously. (For the grand sum of 1p on Amazon no less (ignoring the £2.80 I had to pay in postage!))

So how does the book measure up to the TV series. Normally I would phrase this question the other way around but since I saw the show first that is the image I have of dear Mr Dexter Morgan. Darkly Dreaming Dexter is the first of 4 novels by Lindsay about Dexter and as far as I can tell the plot of Season 1 of the TV show follows this novel quite closely. The TV show is an excellent adaptation, and you can really feel the edge to the character that Jeff Lindsay depicts here.

I should probably back up and explain what this is all about! Dexter Morgan is a serial killer with a code of honour who works for Miami police by day and kills murders and other criminals by night. The book is written from Dexter’s perspective and quite disturbingly by the end of the novel (and the TV series for that matter) you are on Dexter’s side and rooting in his corner. This book does have the unfortunate side effect of making you exaime your own morals quite closely!

The book is narrated in first person, and that isn’t to everyones taste, but I found that it lent an engaging edge to the story. Lindsay sustains a believable tone for Dexter’s internal monologues and in part because of the narration style you end up viewing the story from Dexter’s perspective, siding with his views.

The one caveat I would add is that this novel is probably not suitable for those with a delicate disposition- there are some pretty graphic descriptions of blood and the like that could offend.

Overall a really good read and I defiantly looking up the next books in the series. I believe I have 3 more to go… happy days!

Lindy xxx



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12 responses to “Darkly Dreaming Dexter: Book Review

  1. Have you read American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis? The movie does not come close to the gore and carnage (also told from the first person point of view) found in the novel. I also dig Dexter, btw, but haven’t read the books.

  2. Love your blog!
    Recently,Dexter addicted too ^^. I love the books. The TV shows has its own ‘to be’. An alternative reality like when we think ‘what if?’

  3. i’m looking for double dexter, i don’t know if there’s another one after that… ’cause i’m an Italian girl (I live in Italy, really??? XD) who likes read the books in original (in a sort of masochistic way, so forgive my english) ^^

    • There are another 5 novels after Darkly Dreaming Dexter so it should keep both of us busy for a while! Dearly Devoted Dexter, Dexter in the Dark, Dexter by Design, Dexter is Delicious and Double Dexter (in that order)!

      BTW I am so impressed that you go out of the way to read in English when it is not your first language- major points!
      Lindy xxx

      • I think you’ll be busy , i’m – 1 : the Double Dexter book!! points for me! ^^ happy thought i should warn you i’m studying also Japanese (and as a first language), now i’m at the point that i read as fast as i read in my own language and thanks to that i improved a LOT in english ^^ well… thruth is that I graduated this February in Japanese and English at University, but 2 more years of specialization are at the door (i want to translate books ^_^)!!! I read EVERYTHING! so you can ask me about most books: fantasy, for children, horror, etc…

      • Okay, now I’m very impressed. I still struggle with English sometimes! Translating books sounds like an amazing career, I’m currently training to be a teacher and I love books! I’m going to make my students read good literature!
        Lindy xxx

      • Japanese tends to impress people… Have you read A discovery of witches, or some books of Alexander McCall Smith? Btw does exist a sort of private message here? Poor Dexter x’D

      • I don’t think there is a private messenger on here?… Japanese is very impressive though! A Discovery of Witches looks good though. I will be requesting it from the library!
        Lindy x

      • ^^ i want to say ‘come visit my blog’… but i stopped motionless…uh-ah uhm- maybe it’s sort of in italian and maybe just maybe she won’t get a word! I promise i’ll write in english..as soon as possible ^^
        i’m redecorating the blog ^^

      • I have requested access! That is what google translate is for!
        Lindy x

      • uhm well but google translator is not the best, it’s not human! XDDD that’a an odd statement but that’s the problem!

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