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Double Dexter- Jeff Lindsey



Double Dexter is the sixth novel in the Dexter Series.

Synopsis (from amazon)

Everyone’s favourite serial killer is back and deadlier than ever…

A witness. Such a simple concept – and yet for Dexter Morgan, a perfectly well-disguised serial killer, the possibility of a witness is terrifying. As an upstanding blood-spatter analyst for the Miami Police, Dexter has always managed to keep the darker side of his life out of the spotlight. An expert at finding truly bad people – murderers who’ve long escaped justice – Dexter has long been giving them his own special brand of attention.

But now someone has seen him in the act. Dexter is being followed, manipulated and mimicked, leading him to realise that no one likes to have a double – especially when his double’s goal is to kill him.

Dexter is not one to tolerate such displeasure … in fact, he has a knack for extricating himself from trouble in his own pleasurable way.

Review

I’ve recently finished watching Dexter on netflix which made me want to read more of the series (which I hadn’t read so far because of the size of my to be read pile) so I borrowed ‘Double Dexter’ from the library. The TV series is pretty much a completely story to the books, so one doesn’t spoil the other, although if you try to compare them it just makes you annoyed that the TV series is so different, and that I suppose is what made me want to keep reading the books. The TV series is good, as a TV series, just not as an adaptation.

In ‘Double Dexter’ Dexter is, well, different. He gets seen and that puts Harry’s Code under threat, because he has to deal with this new threat.

One thing I really feel shows skill when it comes to Jeff Lindsey’s  writing is how he makes the reader actually feel sympathy with Dexter. It makes some sort of sense in the other books because the people who he murders are murderers themselves, it’s a sort of vigilante justice. That isn’t true in Double Dexter, because the person who he is trying to kill did nothing criminal- he just saw Dexter at his work. However we still feel sympathy for Dexter.

One thing though I tend to get with the Dexter books (and I have mentioned it before) is that sometimes Dexter seems very slow. I’m not sure if that is just that I’m cleverer than Dexter, or if there has become a certain predictability with the books.

This one though is the first time I’ve got frustrated with Dexter for other things. Like how he expects Rita just to have the dinner on the table. Sort of sexist. Except is he sexist or is he just single minded? Because it’s always been like that does he just not question that maybe it shouldn’t be like that?

3/5

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Dexter is Delicious- Jeff Lindsey


Dexter is Delicious is the fifth book in the Dexter series. You can read my reviews of the previous books using the Jeff Lindsey tag

Synopsis (from amazon)

Everything’s changing for our friendly neighbourhood serial killer. As if getting married wasn’t enough to complete his nice-guy persona, Dexter is now the proud father of a baby girl. And disconcertingly, he actually seems to care. But even if fatherhood is distracting Dexter from his midnight excursions to rid Miami of a few more lowlifes, there’s no let-up at work. Two young girls are missing – and it’s not long before one of the bodies turns up, partially eaten. But as Dexter and Miami PD’s finest investigate, Dexter can’t shake the feeling that somebody’s watching him…

Review

Dexter is Delicious is probably the most disturbing book so far of the Dexter series. It’s kind of sick, and even the title makes me remember and shudder a bit. It’s strange because it’s not like there aren’t other gruesome crimes in Dexter books, chopping up and freezing body parts is probably the least gruesome, cuttings off parts of someone’s body whilst they are concious is a particularly cruel way to go, and the idea of body parts and death as art is not without its gruesome factor either.

Maybe it’s the nature of the death. It wasn’t exactly intended as something violent or something to kill someone, it was more like survival in some weird twisted way. Plus there was a sexual element (something between necrophilia and some sort of sexual fascination with death) which is just uggh.

It wasn’t violet as in violent for the sake of violence is what I suppose I am trying to say, but in a way that made things worse.

It’s also however part of what made Dexter is Delicious more interesting to me. It was sort of intriguing. I also liked seeing a bit more of a human Dexter, and how he was squaring his ‘human’ side with his ‘monster’ side.

4/5

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Dexter By Design- Jeff Lindsey


Dexter By Design is the fourth book in the Dexter series. You can find my reviews for the previous books here.

Synopsis (from amazon)

Being a blood spatter analyst who hates the sight of blood has always made Dexter’s work for the Miami PD tough. But it means he’s very neat when it comes to his out-of-hours hobby: murder. Of course, the fact Dexter only kills bad people helps too.

Now Dex is facing a disturbing situation. He’s used to blood at work, and blood when he’s out with the dark passenger (the voice that guides him on his deadly outings). But he’s not sure what to make of the man who says blood is art. Using bodies as his canvas, someone is out there expressing themselves in the most lethal and painful of ways.

Review

I’ve started watching the TV show of Dexter recently. I was under the impression that each series followed one book (I couldn’t have been more wrong as it turned out…but that’s a post for another time), so I had decided to let myself watch up to series 4, but no further until I had read the next book. So as I was drawing to the end of series three I bought book four- Dexter By Design.

The previous book, Dexter in the Dark had been disappointing for me. I’m used to Dexter books having certain qualities and Dexter in the Dark was low on those qualities.

With Dexter by Design it certainly picked up again. Back to the strange and rather gruesome murders- this time with murders as ‘art’. All I can say is be prepared to get grossed out! In particular one of the first scenes seems really…oh I’m just shuddering thinking about it.

As it so often seems Dexter had attracted some attention from the killer (doesn’t it seem strange that other killers seem to recognise Dexter but ‘normal’ people don’t?). So, with a new family, should Dexter be more cautious?

It’s the usual fast pace that I expect from Dexter, but there is also a more emotional element which we didn’t get in the past. I suppose you could say we can see Dexter growing.

Actually possibly the best Dexter I’ve read so far.

4/5

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Dexter in the Dark- Jeff Lindsey


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Dexter in the Dark is the third book in the Dexter series

Synopsis (from amazon)

Dexter Morgan is busy planning his wedding to Rita to complete his nice-guy disguise.

But when a student is found burnt, molested and headless – seemingly sacrificed to an ancient god – and Dex is brought in as forensic analyst to help investigate, he realises he could be dealing with someone a whole lot more sinister than he is. Soon it seems the dark passenger in Dexter’s head has gone into hiding. And when something creeps out your friendly neighbourhood serial killer, you know it’s serious . . .

As Halpern and Dexter are stalked by death, it looks like it’s getting personal – especially as Dex now has a family to protect. Gradually, Dexter realises his stepchildren might share his extracurricular interest in death. Could he help them target their bloodlust, just as he steers his own? But to do that, Dex must cope with a certain mutilated sergeant from his past, and more importantly . . . stay alive . . .

Review

I introduced the boyfriend to Dexter recently and he’s overtaken me now (that’s what you get for having a TBR pile of 50, and your boyfriend has one of 0). So he read Dexter in the Dark before I did. HE told me it was more fictional than the others, which seems a really strange thing to say about a fictional book, but he couldn’t tell me how it was more fictional without spoiling it.

Actually, turns out I get how it is more fictiony. The most I can say without spoiling is that the Dark Passenger becomes more of his own entity, rather than just a part of Dexter.

As far as a comparison to other novels. I found this a little slower, less gruesome, less inventive, and actually a little predictable. Yeah we had more information than Dexter but I still found myself wondering how he could be so stupid. I don’t think he could have guessed the solution exactly- as the reader might, but he certainly didn’t seem to be linking together the clues he did have, and he could have come pretty close.

However towards the end I must admit I couldn’t see how it could end in 50 or so pages, there still seemed so much to happen. I was worried it would be rushed, and a little (considering my TBR pile in growing faster than I can read, even with a book buying ban) concerned that there would be a cliff hanger which would make me want to read Dexter by Design straight away.

Luckily it was neither. It was certainly action packed, but it felt steady enough, and considering the events the fast pace I think might have made us feel a fraction of what Dexter would have been feeling.

The very, very end I was not so keen on. I don’t think it fitted with the idea, but it makes the next book possible I suppose.

3/5

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Dearly Devoted Dexter- Jeff Lindsey


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This book was read as part of the Wishlist Challenge

Dearly Devoted Dexter is the second book in the Dexter series, you can read my review of the first book here

Synopsis (from amazon)

Miami’s best-dressed serial killer is back and on the prowl, at least he would be if he could shake off his permanent shadow. Ever since their paths first crossed, Sergeant Doakes hasn’t let Dexter Morgan out of his sight. Dexter may well be the Miami PD’s blood-spatter analyst, but Sgt. Doakes has a pretty good idea of how Dex likes to spend his free time and he’s determined to catch him in the act.

Dex hasn’t killed in months and is getting twitchy. To throw Doakes off his scent, he’s spending more time with Rita, his girlfriend. But no matter how many cosy nights they spend in front of the TV, Doakes is still watching.

Then a body turns up, horribly mutilated and barely alive. To trap the torturer, Doakes and Dexter will have to work together, if they can trust each other. It’s a devil’s pact and one of them will have to be the bait…

Review

It was over a two years ago that I read the first Dexter book, Dearly Devoted Dexter has been on my wishlist (on amazon and bookmooch) ever since, but due to my habit of not buying from my wishlist it’s just got pushed further and further down, But a few weeks ago it came up on bookmooch and I snatched it up.

Despite it being over two years I remember certain parts of Darkly Dreaming Dexter quite vividly. I can’t see this happening so much with Dearly Devoted Dexter. It’s not that it wasn’t bad exactly, there were just less singular events which I think will be memorable, all the crimes were very similar, so whilst I think the general theme of the torture will stick in my memory I don’t think any specific victims will in the way they did for the first book.

The criminal was undoubtedly psychotic, as with the first murderer, however he was maybe less imaginative. And there were times when the plot seemed to drag a little for me.

However there were certain events which make me think that the next book in the series could be rather interesting.

3/5

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