Darkly Dreaming Dexter

February 9, 2014 Fiction, Thriller 4

Darkly Dreaming Dexter bookTitle: Darkly Dreaming Dexter
Author: Jeff Lindsay
Source: paperbackbookswap.com
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Review Summary: This was a fun read, but just too creepy for me!

Dexter is generally a nice guy except for one small thing: he’s a serial killer. Fortunately he only kills bad guys – people he knows without a doubt did something terrible but who the police can’t catch. His job as a blood spatter analyst for the police makes it easy to find victims. It also puts him right in the middle of a police investigation of some murders with an MO very much like his own. Dexter’s strange connection to the murders soon begins to make him question himself. Did he do it?

My knowledge of the psychology of serial killers is limited to the probably inaccurate information I’ve learned from TV shows. However, given what I know, I felt the author did a creepily good job of capturing Dexter’s feeling of anticipation, need to kill, and satisfaction at doing so. He also did an impressive but even more creepy job of making Dexter likeable. In fact, while I enjoyed these books, being asked to empathize with a guy who, oh by the way, cuts people up while they’re still alive (!) was just too weird for me. I don’t think I’ll be reading any more of the series.

If you like thrillers though, I’d check this out. The author does a great job giving just enough details to make you imagine terrible things. This made the book readable for even someone with my aversion to gore without losing any impact. I liked the authors dark sense of humor and did enjoy Dexter’s morally ambiguous character. If you like being creeped out more than I do, this book might be just what you’re looking for.


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4 Responses to “Darkly Dreaming Dexter”

  1. Amanda

    Dexter’s ability to make you like a sociopath is a huge reason it made it to my recommended list for the challenge. 😉 In fact, every time someone asks “how can a book possibly not demonize a sociopath,” I point them toward this read!

    I’m glad it pushed your boundaries both in that way and in what you normally read!

    • DoingDewey

      That’s a great point! While I was a bit creeped out by the fact that the book made Dexter likeable, it’s certainly impressive and makes this a very good out-of-my-comfort zone kind of read 🙂

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