Book Review – Darkly Dreaming Dexter

Darkly Dreaming Dexter (Book 1)

Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay

I was really excited to finally read the first book that the excellent Showtime series is based on, especially after having just finished season 3. But I have to say that I was more than a little disappointed in this book. Where most of the characters in the TV series are well developed and likable, their counterparts in this book seemed to be bumbling underdeveloped characters. There was no logical evidence or clues to follow in solving the mystery in the book, yet characters made leaps of logic that conveniently panned out for them.

All the Miami police are made out to be idiots while Dexter is the genius. But he also makes a lot of stupid, careless mistakes. You are really given no reason to care about Dexter or anyone else in his life. Dexter seems a little more intelligent than the other characters, but even he is a pale shadow of the character portrayed in the show.

If I had read this book before seeing the TV series I never would have watched the show. The use of the “psychic connection” plot device was tiresome and unnecessary. The story just seemed to go from one convenient plot device to the next.

My advice, skip the books and just watch the Showtime show. That series is a much more rewarding experience than this book. I didn’t hate the book but I found myself growing bored and annoyed many times.

Rating: 2 of 5 stars

Dry Slaps: 3

GS Reviewer: The Question


  1. roguespirit /

    Thanks man, I was thinking about reading the book, but as time is a premium these days I’m glad to get the heads up and I’ll keep up with the show…which I love

  2. Enrique Guzman /

    While it’s always interesting to hear different people’s views and I respect your opinion about the book, I think you have been largely blinded by the show. The show is BASED on the book, it is not meant to be a re-make of it. It is a theatrical interpretation of the major characters and themes in the novel. The novel and the TV show are two separate entities and should be treated as so. Without Jeff Lindsay’s creative genious, you wouldn’t have anything to watch on Sunday nights AND you wouldn’t have any novels to judge.

    It is good to have your own opinion, but that opinion was largely built upon personal bias. I’m sorry, but if you’re going to be a NOVEL critic, you shouldn’t judge it based on the TV SHOW that somebody created after reading it.

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