Darkly Dreaming Dexter

Darkly Dreaming Dexter

A Novel

Book - 2004
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Publisher: New York : Random House, 2004
Branch Call Number: FIC Linds 3564
Characteristics: 288 p

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I was looking for a book that had a serial killer, a bad person who’s deceiving everyone, as the main character, and this fits the description I was looking for perfectly. The dark humour in this got me laughing, and I absolutely loved it. I heard there was a T.V. Series on this book, and that the book didn’t meet the reader’s expectations after watching the series. I think I’ll still love the book either way.

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RainbowRiver
Jul 14, 2018

Definitely a different angle on a mystery/thriller novel, from the point of view of a killer. full of plot twists and morbid humor, once you start reading it's hard to stop.

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stewstealth
Jun 28, 2018

A quick read that does a good job of getting into the head of a sociopath serial killer who only kills other killers. The payoff in this book is lost a little bit if you have seen the TV series since you know the result of the conflict. Had some darkly comic moments. The narrative is well done with characterizations other then Dexter not being very in depth. The series needed to develop the characters to fill out the episodes so they are better done in the series. Worth reading if you are interested.

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rtnikko
Jun 02, 2016

Interesting read but I prefer some of the character choices they went with in the show over the original book.

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amalyndb
Jan 31, 2016

Mixed thoughts

An interesting read, in terms of the perspective of a flat affect, no emotion, trying to pretend to be normal, killer of killers.

I’m not sure if it was stylistically intended, but other characters come across as cardboard cutouts, boring. Possibly this is due to Dexter himself lacking full insight into what drives them, moves them.

Plotwise, interesting, and it was a quick read for an afternoon.

I was a bit disappointed, as this had been recommended to me by others, both for the book series and the television series, but this just doesn’t quite live up to the suggestions.

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withthebutterflies
Jan 14, 2016

I first met Dexter when I discovered the TV show on Netflix. I embarked on an epic marathon of the series, and when it came to an end, I was satisfied with my experience. So when I saw the series was originally books, I added them the my TBR pile (to-be-read for you non-nerds :P).

Here is a brief summary of what Darkly Dreaming Dexter made me think:

Gosh, does Dexter talk this much in the show? Why do I hate the characters that I loved in the show? WAIT they changed that?!?!

Ultimately, Dexter is a charming serial killer who lives and works in Miami. He has fake friends, a filler girlfriend, and a job that allows him to hunt his victims - other bad guys.

KC Rating: 4/5

The book left me disappointed after watching the show, but it wasn't BAD. Fans of true crime and crime fictions will enjoy the insight into Dexter's brain that Jeff Lindsay creates. It's an easier read with lots of self-reflection and dialogue. My fingers are crossed that the rest of the series will be better, or at least just not worse!

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sspaniolo
Aug 20, 2015

I love the dark humor and the language of this book!!!! I never want him to get caught.

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ben_norman
Jul 31, 2015

A great start to what continues to be a wonderfully macarbe series. Funny, witty and charmingly dark I recommend the Dexter series to anyone who likes their crime books with a twist and a dark laugh.

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Michelle333
Jun 28, 2015

Loved the first book but I am really disappointed that the library doesn't have books 2-7, yet has 8 on order. It doesn't make sense.

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newfieshawn
Mar 25, 2015

excellent book cant wait to read the rest

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RONROSARIO Aug 10, 2012

A loveable serial killer. No, seriously. Truly enter the mind of a monster not unlike the average person...except that he's a serial killer, of course.

FavouriteFiction Oct 27, 2009

Witty and attractive, blood-spatter scientist Dexter Morgan leads a double life as a serial killer.Due to a heavy influence from his foster-father, a police officer, however, he only kills those deserving of his unique brand of justice. When his vice-cop sister investigates a series of prostitute centered killings, Dexter decides to lend a hand - if mainly because of his fascination with the killer, whose style closely resembles his own.

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Veronica Martin
Jul 12, 2008

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Veronica Martin
Jul 12, 2008

Coarse Language: lots

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tbebb
Jun 11, 2013

"In my whole life I had only known one of such somebody.

Could that somebody possibly be darkly dreaming Dexter?"

RONROSARIO Jul 21, 2012

"It was another clear example of the disintegration of society that had so worried Harry. Really, now: If you can't get me my newspaper on time, how can you expect me to refrain from killing people?"

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Veronica Martin
Jul 12, 2008

Veronica Martin thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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