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Dexter in the Dark Hardcover – September 18, 2007
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Based on everything we've seen in the past two books, Dexter's issues were purely psychological: severe childhood trauma manifested into a disconnect of emotions and an urge to hurt and kill things. That is plausible.
But introducing a supernatural element into this is plain ridiculous. As I read I hoped that Lindsay was simply making Dexter's imagination run a bit wild, but it turns out he wasn't. Turns out our Dearly Disconnected Dexter's Dark Passenger is really the byproduct of some ancient god's magical trickery.
On top of that, the book version of Rita continues to be a screechy, cartoonish character. The TV version of her character along with the children's on-screen portrayals are far, far better than what was written in the books. Thank goodness at least the TV show continues to get better as it goes along.
Avoid this book. It ruins everything you like about Dexter.
As we re-acquaint ourselves with the witty blood-letter, we find him beaten and bemused. Dexter has lost it, all he's got is homicidal step-kids, a $500 a head wedding caterer, a short-fused sister and a dearly dumb-witted fiancé, but no dark passenger.
Dexter spends the entire book castrated, unable to kill or even understand the homicidal impulse. Worse, he sets about training Astor and Cody to be just like him, a disturbing and overly coincidental plot element. In fact, it seems as if Lindsey wrote the entire novel to explain why damaged kids become lurid psychopaths. It doesn't work.
The plot here is as thin as the paper it's written on. The father of all Dark Passengers wants Dexter, the anomaly of serial killers gone. The feint whiff of the supernatural that we got in the first Dexter book is back in force this time and it's a mood killer. Dexter works best when it's him against a normal world, when the world becomes as twisted as him, it all gets foggy, like a bad LSD hit.
Lindsey also stumbles on his use of, count them, four narrations. We have first persons "It" being the thing that makes people kill, these parts are boring, over written and pointless. Then we have Dexter, thankfully for most of the book.Read more ›
The business with Dexter's stepchildren following in his footsteps is just ugly, and not especially believable. The vast, vast majority of children who survive childhood trauma do not grow up to become sociopaths; what are the odds that Dexter would find himself stepfather to two who do?
The cardinal sin of this novel, though, is that it was kind of boring. I had to force myself to get through it, and that's not something that's ever happened with a Dexter novel before.
Here's hoping Lindsay drops the supernatural mumbo-jumbo and gets back to basics for his next Dexter book.
What's not forgivable is to take such an abrupt turn on the third book in the series, shifting genres abruptly and in a truly unsatisfying manner. This is no longer a crime novel where we can delight in the cleverness of our dark narrator. No, now it's a lame supernatural thriller. The Dexter we know and love is now whiny, pathetic, and ineffectual. With regard to the main plot, he's practically inert -- he spends most of the time just having stuff happen to him and complaining about how unfair it is, never seizing control of the situation. The wedding subplot runs along similar lines and paints an increasingly unlikeable portrait of our former friend.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I always like the book more than I love the movie/show, so after I finished watching the Dexter series I was eager to read the inspiration for it. Read morePublished 14 days ago by amanda
Ok, I really enjoyed this book. It was funny and it keeps you reading. I'm a huge fan of the show and i'm happy that the books and show are different. Read morePublished 1 month ago by becky
Didn't enjoy the supernatural take on the dark passenger. I probably could have skipped the vast majority of the book.Published 2 months ago by Martin
Good read great finish kept you guessing. Bogged down in spots, that kept it from becoming a 5. Good ending.Published 3 months ago by mike macchiorola
I enjoyed book one of this series, DARKLY DREAMING DEXTER. I enjoyed book two of this series, DEARLY DEVOTED DEXTER. Read morePublished 3 months ago by William Maltese
Another amazing novel by Lindsay. This one really was a page-turner, both hugely suspenseful and funny. Great book!Published 3 months ago by Kelly