DARKLY DREAMING DEXTER

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Author: Jeff Lindsay

Publisher: Knopf DoubleDay Publishing Group

Published Date: July 2004

My name is Dexter. Dexter Morgan. I don’t know what made me the way I am, but whatever it was left a… hollow place inside. People fake a lot of human interactions, but I feel like I’ve faked them all and I fake them very well. And that’s my burden, I guess.”

Meet Dexter Morgan. By day he’s a handsome, charming blood analyst working for the Miami Police Department. By Night, he’s a serial killer looking to fulfill his blood lust. Haunted by his past, this serial killer has a set of rules that he abides by – the main one being to only kill bad people.  Unable to control his hunger to kill, Dexter awaits for the Darkness to arrive in order for him to fulfill his need and perform a precise, careful clean and calculated murder, whilst only keeping a drop of blood as a trophy of his kill.

This book is intriguing as Dexter is both the protagonist, as well as the antagonist – however the book and characters are written so well that it works. The first person narrative gives insight into the dark mind of Dexter, and his humorous and unique perspective of his live and the Dark Passenger within him that he can’t control

Darkly Dreaming Dexter is an imaginative approach to a serial killer, and Dexter’s narration and standpoints about crime, punishment, the frustrations of contemporary life, the baffling complications of relationships, the police department, and life in Miami provides a refreshing as well as an enjoyable journey throughout this novel.

Jeff Lindsay’s representation of the demons that provide motivation to Dexter is done credibly and his victims are the impurities of the earth. This may be disturbing to some readers. The idea of the hero experiencing ecstasy at the torture and dismemberment of humans (even if they were evil or not) was one aspect that continued to fascinate me. It was fascinating how the idea of mutilated bodies and bloody murders provided euphoria for Dexter. Add a confusing ending (no spoilers) with questions left unanswered, it provided me with enough suspense to want to read the second book.

Overall Dexter is an enjoyable sociopath and his way of life is provides a refreshing and unique perspective on life. Darkly Dreaming Dexter never loses its suspense and contains enough humour and insights to be an engaging and recommendable novel. Be warned however, the book may be disturbing to some readers.

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Gina