Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Book Review - Dexter is Delicious

The newest book in the Dexter series by Jeff Lindsay is called Dexter is Delicious. Best. Dexter. Title. Ever. Why? Because this book’s about cannibals. Fantastic.

I think this is perhaps the best book so far in the Dexter series. It was humorous and witty, and gave us a rare glimpse into the psyche of a serial killer who has inconveniently grown a soul. The book begins just after the birth of Dexter’s daughter, who sparks feelings of real love in his heart for the first time. In his zeal to protect his bundle of joy from monsters like himself, Dexter swears off killing forever. His Dark Passenger finds this sudden change of heart first amusing, then annoying, and in a fit of pique abandons Dexter just when he needs his help the most.

A cannibalistic coven has taken up residence in Miami, led by the son of a wealthy and powerful government official. Dexter must help his moody and foul-mouthed sister Deborah find the flesh-eaters before they devour a young woman they’ve kidnapped. Even without his Dark Passenger’s leathery assistance, Dexter is able to use his predatory instincts to locate the girl—only to find she’s not exactly what they thought.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The previous two were a little slow and a tad disappointing, so I wasn’t truly looking forward to reading this one. But I am a HUGE fan of the Showtime series, so I had to read it, and oh, what a delightful surprise! I adore witty writing, and book made me smile and chuckle and gasp in horror.

Mr. Lindsay did an excellent job of immersing me in Dexter’s struggle to cope with his newfound humanity. How does a soulless monster react when he suddenly cares about the people he’s only pretended to care about until now? How does he handle his stepchildren’s own dark and deadly desires, when he has resolved to put his own away forever? I especially love Dexter’s ‘conversations’ with his Dark Passenger; a character in and of itself who chuckles, snarls, or sulks as the need arises.

Delicious, indeed.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

Amazon page for Dexter is Delicious, by Jeff Lindsay

Hardcover: 368 pages
Paperback: 384 pages
Language: English
Publisher: Doubleday; First Edition - September 7, 2010
ISBN-10: 9780385532358
ISBN-13: 978-0385532358

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  1. I keep meaning to pick up this series (I'm also a fan of the TV show, although I'm a little behind) but I've never actually talked to anyone who has read it in order to see if it's worth getting in to. How many books are in the series now?

  2. There are five books so far. They don't follow the show very closely, so it doesn't give anything away to read the books (which I really like). Much different than when I started reading the True Blood books halfway through season 2, which really threw me off.

  3. I just read the first. I have the second one, but I didn't read it yet. I don't know if I'm going to buy the next ones - I love the TV show and honestly, I like it better. But that's nice to know - Cannibals? Sounds... yuck! *runs to bathroom* LOL

    - EEV

  4. I guess people know they're signing up for yuck with these! That's kind of why I've stopped watching the show (although I do plan on going back to it), I love the story lines but sometimes it's just a little too much. Just need to be in the right mood for em, I guess.

  5. Nice review. I put a thumbs up sign on LibraryThing. I love cannibals. Most every great civilization eventually collapses and results to cannibalism.


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