Book Review–Darkly Dreaming Dexter (Dexter #1) by Jeff Lindsay


This is the thirty-second book from my 200 Book Reading Challenge.

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Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay

Published September 19th, 2006

Meet Dexter Morgan, a polite wolf in sheep’s clothing. He’s handsome and charming, but something in his past has made him abide by a different set of rules. He’s a serial killer whose one golden rule makes him immensely likeable: he only kills bad people. And his job as a blood splatter expert for the Miami police department puts him in the perfect position to identify his victims. But when a series of brutal murders bearing a striking similarity to his own style start turning up, Dexter is caught between being flattered and being frightened — of himself or some other fiend.


This is my second time reading this.

I liked it much better the second time around. I still believe that the show is better (because of the cast–especially Michael C. Hall–and the soundtrack), but I also found the book enjoyable.

Dexter is a very interesting and complex character. I enjoyed seeing him start to develop during the course of this book and am very curious on how he will continue to do so in the rest of the books. Jeff Lindsay writes Dexter’s POV perfectly, as well as his relationships with others. I especially enjoyed the scenes between Dexter and Debra.

Dexter is the one serial killer who I can actually root for. Can’t wait to see which direction the rest of the books will go. Also–I adore the alliteration. Really.



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