Dexter in the Dark by Jeff Lindsay || Book Review

I do love myself a great serial killer TV series/movie.

I’ve watched most of the show Dexter and I do want to finish it at some point but there are so many shows around, new ones released too often that one doesn’t have enough time to get to everything. And honestly, I’d rather read than watch TV but sometimes I do like to mix it up.

This isn’t the first book in the series and the series doesn’t quite follow on the books (what I’ve picked up from the book), it’s a good place to start to get to know the character and where it all started.

DISCLAIMER: This review could contain possible spoilers based on my opinions. All opinions and views are my own.

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Originally published: 2006

Pages: 376
Format: Paperback

Plot from GoodReads:

In his work as a Miami crime scene investigator, Dexter Morgan is accustomed to seeing evil deeds… particularly because, on occasion, he rather enjoys committing them himself. Guided by his dark Passenger – the voice inside him that helps stalk his prey – he lives his outwardly normal life adhering to one simple rule: he only kills very bad people.

Dexter slides through life undetected, working as a blood splatter analyst for the Miami Police Department, helping his fiancee raise her two adorable (if somewhat…unique) children, and always planning his next jaunt as Dexter the Dark Avenger under the light of the full moon.

But everthing changes when Dexter is called to a gruesome double homicide. Dex realizes he’s dealing with someone a whole lot more sinister than he is and it sends the Dark Passenger into hiding. And when something scares your friendly neighborhood serial killer, you know it’s serious…

More used to inspiring fear then experiencing it, Dex must investigate, while simultaneously coping with his demanding family. If he’s to save himself, and those around him, Dexter must pose questions he’s never dared ask – where does evil come from, and does it hide inside everyone…?


This is the third book in the series so if you’re not familiar with the show, you might not immediately understand Dexter and his unique tendencies.

The book was an interesting read. I love the idea of getting into Dexter’s head and hearing his inner thoughts and following the trail to see how he makes his decisions.

Dexter is a complex character and you’re left wondering would it be wrong it root for the guy? I mean, his intentions are for a good purpose but his execution are quite questionable, if not entirely.

Dexter is the predator, he seeks out his prey and he takes care of it but this was an interesting twist of events to see him as the prey, being hunted and it’s clear that he doesn’t like being caught in such a vulnerable position. It shows how he hates to lose control and how that lack of control unhinges him.

While it’s a serious book dealing with pretty crazy crime scenes and murders, the humour in the book was entertaining and took a little edge off some of the scenes in the book. Still, prepared to be grossed out by some parts and shocked – classic Dexter.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 3.56 on GoodReads. I gave it a 4.

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