Politics! Miami! Subtle/casual racism/sexism! Alliteration! Here we have Jeff Lindsay’s “Darkly Dreaming Dexter” (2004), the first in the “Dexter” series.
Soo I bought this book, as well as almost the rest of the series (I’m missing a few), because *somehow* each summer I end up watching/rewatching the “Dexter” series on Netflix. (I also rewatch “Breaking Bad” annually as well, don’t @ me, they’re good shows.) I thought that maybe it would be a good idea (from an aspiring writer’s perspective) to read the source material for this amazing show.
As a lover of true crime and all things fucked up, I was deeply disappointed, to alliterate. The characters who weren’t Dexter were painfully flat and the “creative twist” that the Miami Herald commented on in their review felt like it was thrown in so that Lindsay could end the book somehow, with zero solid foreshadowing before that “reveal.” For a self-proclaimed feelingless monster, Dexter is VERY introspective, to the point where you’re like, “Okay, I GET IT,” and you just want some action on the page to happen. We’re in his kinda racist, pretty sexist, misanthropic head, and I feel like 3rd person POV would have been better for the story of a sociopath, but that’s just my opinion. Also, the ending scene was confusing to follow, and it looked horrible on the page, and pretty good on the screen. Since it’s a series I’m extremely conflicted. Do I crawl through the rest of the series and just get through it because the plot is okay? What do I do? Someone help. Does it get better? I don’t know. I even got the Goodreads app to read (warnings) reviews before I ever decide to buy a series again. Should I just suck it up? I need help. Plus this ended on a cliffhanger (thanks, Jeff) so I’m wondering if it’ll differ much from the show?
I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in crime shows but has *not* seen this show yet. If you’re a stickler for good writing, I wouldn’t recommend it though.