|Nomadic SA Chick||
Publisher: Vintage Books
Page Count: 288
Fiction Genre: Mystery, Crime, Thriller, Horror, Suspense
Dates Read: June 17-23, 2015
Dexter Morgan is the perfect brother, son, neighbor, employee, boyfriend, and friend. Except that Dexter has a dark passenger that hungers for death. Dexter works as a blood spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department, along with his up and coming detective sister, Deb. By day, Dexter seems like everyone else, but maybe a bit more shy. What nobody, except his deceased adoptive father, Harry, knows, is that Dexter kills people. Harry say this in Dexter when he was very young and trained him to kill only those people who deserved it - people who were murderers in their own right, and who had been unable to be caught and convicted through legal ways. Harry, the detective, taught his son to clean up after himself, and to never get caught, and how to be purposeful and plan.
It's interesting how similar yet different this was from the first season of the TV show Dexter. Lindsay has great prose, and the book allowed me to glimpse further into Dexter's dark passenger and thoughts, but overall the characters were not well developed. Because this is only book 1 on a series of Darkly Dreaming Dexters, it is possible that these characters grow as Lindsay's works grow. There were some big character and ending changes that happened between this book and the series, so it's almost like these two pieces of work are separate entities, with similar plot lines. This version of Dexter was less composed than Michael C. Hall creates in the show, and this version always seems like he's just barely hanging on to the edge of reality.
I am unsure if this is a solo read for me, or if I will continue with the series. I am curious how the other books like up with the show though. This book was primarily season 1, so I wonder if they all follow that; one book per season.
Ratings (based on a 10 point scale)
Quality of Writing - 6
Pace - 5
Plot Development - 6
Characters - 8
Enjoyability - 7
Insightfulness - 5
Ease of Reading - 6
Photos/Illustrations - N/A
Overall Rating - 3 out of 5 stars