The Basis for the Showtime® Original Series Starring Michael C. Hall
Meet Dexter Morgan, a polite wolf in sheep’s clothing. He’s handsome and charming, but something in his past has made him abide by a different set of rules. He’s a serial killer whose one golden rule makes him immensely likeable: he only kills bad people. And his job as a blood splatter expert for the Miami police department puts him in the perfect position to identify his victims. But when a series of brutal murders bearing a striking similarity to his own style start turning up, Dexter is caught between being flattered and being frightened - of himself or some other fiend.
©2005 Jeff Lindsay (P)2012 Random House
"A macabre tour-de-force." (The New York Times Book Review)
“A dark comedy with a creative twist.” (The Miami Herald)
“Dark and devious..Daring and unexpectedly comedic.” (USA Today)
I was very disappointed with this book, I had watched the series and was curious to see how the book differed ( I like to read a book and then watch the adaptation). The first thing that struck me was the the creepy voice of the narrator (I listened to the book on Audible). I already had a preconceived idea of what the characters looked like due to the series, but I felt like the author went out of his way to depict the other characters as knuckle dragging neanderthals, as if Dexter was the only one with the ability to deduct any reasonable conclusions or thoughts. I found Dexter's character to be pretentious, dull and often bordering on racist innuendo. The relationship between Dexter and his sister was almost painful to listen to, it seemed as though Deb was a petulant child who would shout obscenities and throw herself onto the floor in a tantrum if Dexter wouldn't give her the answers she wanted. The very fact that Deb needed so much hand-holding was enough to push the woman's movement back two decades, although I am sure the author thought he was creating a strong female character with her strong language and drive for ambition, but his constant subtle hints of sexism didn't fool me. Dexter's character in the series seemed more in a constant battle with himself to retain his "humanity" by avoiding killing, even though he enjoyed destroying the very essence of humanity. But the character in the book seemed to not even consider himself human, and almost blamed his actions on the "dark passenger" denying to have human emotions even though it was obvious that he was feeling and interacting in the world the way humans do. Although the plot was interesting, a killer killing killers, the author took the book in a most asinine direction of Dexter's having a brother, who as it happens is also a killer.... SHOCKER, please try harder. Because I had watched the series I was prepared for this but was hoping that there would have been some more history about their parents, circumstances or reasoning that they both had this "need", besides the fact that they ere present when their parents were murdered. But alas, the author took the lazy way out and skimmed past any interesting or thought provoking plot and took the low rode. I would not recommend this book.
I am definitely planning to read the next book and eventually watch the show. The storyline wasn't amazing to me, but the whole idea of him and what will happen next really interests me. I didn't care much about anyone else in the story except his foster father, but I super enjoyed his inner thoughts and his dark passenger conflicts.
Story was Dexter. Love Dexter or not, this is what Dexter is.
The audio book could have been better with a different narrator.
I'd suggest watching the series. I have another Dexter queued but won't rush to listen to it.
The differences in the books and the show make for a really intense read. You think you know what's going to happen buuuuut... You don't! So amazing. Can't wait to start book two.
The writing is almost the writing to the show to a tee. I love it!
Great story the 1st go round but save your $$ if you watched Dexter on Netflix.
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