06 October 2010
Book Review Number 1: Dearly Devoted Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
I just finished the second book in the Dexter series by Jeff Lindsay - Dearly Devoted Dexter. Like many others, I got into Dexter through the Showtime series (though I came into that late as well, just having started watching it within the last month). I listened to the first book on audio and now have finished reading the second book.
The series is based on the first book, and the second goes in a different direction from anything seen on TV. Frankly, that is something I enjoy quite a bit. It doesn't feel like a re-read to me. It's a bit darker than the first book, which doesn't bother me. (I was an amateur Ripperologist for a few years, so dark doesn't bother me too much.)
There were a few revelations that shook me, though they make perfect sense within the story. And, much like with the TV series, there are times that I think Dexter isn't quite as cold as he likes to convince himself he is. Even if he thinks that showing affection for Rita (his girlfriend) and Deb (his sister) is just a mask, he does too much for them for it to be simply a mask.
It wasn't one of the most engaging stories I've ever read, in that I was able to put it down when I was getting tired. But it was still a good novel. Linsday is a good enough writer than I picture what is happening as I read, seeing Dexter (who, I can't help it, looks like Michael C. Hall in my mind) sitting on the couch with drinking and, as he's unused to doing so, getting drunker by the second.
All in all, I'm ready for the next book. I actually have it in my To Read pile, but where it shows up will depend on whether I read through the Graphic Novel that I have sitting here next or not. (Thankfully, I managed to pick up quite a few books at the library today, so I should be set for awhile.)
Dearly Devoted Dexter by Jeff Lindsay, Amazon link