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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Darkly Dreaming Dexter

Wow, something unthinkable just happened!

Here I am, drinking my hot, black coffee ready to start writing a review about Dexter in the Dark, which is the third book in the series, when I realize I don’t have blogged about Dexter!

How is this even possible?

So, here we go … Dexter!

Before I start talking about the books, I need to say this: I love Dexter. I freaking love the TV show and I believe is one of the best series I’ve ever watched. And I have watched quite a few. So, thinking how awesome the show was, I decided to read the books. What better than reading the original story, right? I did this with the Game of Thrones and I loved the books so much more than the show.

But with Dexter, something didn’t quite fit.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that the books are not good, or awfully written, because they are amazing. Jeff Lindsay writes so poetically, describing the moon, Dexter’s feelings and his dark passenger, so vividly, that he pulls me in the story in an instant.

But there is this thing … the story in the books, is not the same as it was in the show. Generally this should be number one reason for me to love the books, but in this case. I think the show was better.

Book number one, Darkly Dreaming Dexter, was the top so far! We get to know Dexter and the need he has for killing. Jeff Lindsay introduces us to this weird world making the strangest thing look normal. The setting is great since we’re in Miami and from what I get here, life in Miami is never dull. Plus how we could get even a little bored, when there is a character like Deborah?

I absolutely adore her! Deborah is Dexter’s step sister and she will blow your mind with the amount of F words that can come out of her mouth. While Dexter is more discreet, trying not to draw any attention on him and his dark passenger, Deborah is loud! She need attention, need her brother’s help a lot and she is always doing something to boost her career. Because Deborah is a police officer!

The idea of reading a book with a serial killer MC and a sister in the law enforcement, is great. But even greater is that Dexter works too for Miami police as a blood spatter analyst. The author has managed to put Dexter’s different worlds, side by side, blending them and making the reader gasp.

Besides these two, the book has other interesting characters too. I was a little disappointed though since another one of my favs, Angel-no-relation, doesn’t get too much attention in the books. But the lights are on Masuka as the series goes on and I got to know him a little better. He is fun.

In all, Darkly Dreaming Dexter, was an amazing read. I enjoyed it and I do recommended it. The differences with the show made my taste a little sour, but okay. This introduction to the series, was powerful. You should grab a copy.

I’ll end this post with an excerpt from the book. So, enjoy …

“Moving through this world reciting lines and pretending we belong in a world made for human beings, and never really human ourselves. And always, forever, reaching for a way to feel something! Reaching for a moment just like this! Real, genuine, unfaked feeling! It takes your breath away, doesn’t it?” 


  1. Oh, I don't know, Athina. This is one series I've thought about and just can't pull the trigger. But I just checked and my town freaking loves this series because it has all the seasons and the books! I do love the whole reserved killer Dexter and swearing cop step sister. I don't know. You really sell it so good! I hope you had a great start to the week. We're melting here.

    1. The show is so great! We've talk about it before. I like that it's so different. but yeah, it's brutal.

      Talk about melting! I live for Sunday that I'm going to my parents and to the sea!

      Have a great week, Robyn!