Darkly Dreaming Dexter (Dexter #1) by Jeff Lindsay (Book Review)


Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff LindsayPlot: 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.

My Review: I thought I’d give the “Dexter” book series a read since I’ve enjoyed the Showtime TV series since it first aired. I had heard that the book series was very different then the TV show. Which is ok with me. I enjoy comparing books to the TV/Movie adaptations, and often seek out book adaptations.

For those of you that know nothing about the Dexter universe. It is about a man who is a serial killer who happens to work as a lab geek for the local police force. The first season of the TV show revolved around the police trying to catch the “Ice Truck Killer”, a killer who chopped up prostitutes and left their bloodless bodies scattered around town. Eventually having a cat and mouse chase with Dexter for reasons I won’t go into in case you haven’t seen or read about it. But in the TV series, the killer taunted Dexter repeatedly, even getting inserted into Dexter’s life without Dexter even realizing it until the end of the season.

I honestly felt that the first season of Dexter, was from beginning to end, the best season (right now the final season just ended). I loved it all. The cat and mouse game between Dexter and the killer, and the mystery behind who the killer was, how he was doing the killings, etc. In the book, I honestly didn’t feel any of that. The book felt sort of all over the place and not well written. I felt like I was reading something written by an amateur writer, which in the end, made me really dislike Dexter and the book. Which sucks, because I love Dexter in the TV show. Dexter in the book seemed like a guy who had a split personality issue, and the Dexter in the show doesn’t really come across that way to me.

I feel like that TV show is also a lot more graphic, and descriptive then the book ended up being, and usually when you compare a book to a movie/show, it ends up being the other way around. Books can convey so much more. I’ve read reviews where people actually said they felt this first book to the series was MORE graphic then the show. I honestly don’t see that.

Quite frankly, I’m utterly shocked such a good TV series was based off such a mediocre book.

Overall: In the end, this first book to a 7 book series and it is very short, and very easy to get through. I just didn’t care much for it. And I honestly don’t know if I should give the next book a shot or not. I’ve been told the rest of the books are very different then the series, and they get really out there and very unbelievable. I think I might give the 2nd book a try and go from there. But overall I wasn’t much of a fan of the style of writing. (By the time I posted this review, I decided NOT to read the rest of the series).

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One Response to Darkly Dreaming Dexter (Dexter #1) by Jeff Lindsay (Book Review)

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    Lexa Cain says:

    I loved the premise behind Dexter and the actor who played him. I liked some of the episodes, but didn’t like his sister and so much of the story started revolving around her that I stopped watching. The book sounds awful. I think I’ll stay away. Thanks for the heads up.


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