Book Review– Dearly Devoted Dexter (Dexter #2) by Jeff Lindsay


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

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Dearly Devoted Dexter (Dexter #2) by Jeff Lindsay

Published September 19th, 2006.

He’s a charming monster… A macabre hero… A serial killer who only kills bad people.

Dexter Morgan has been under considerable pressure. It’s just not easy being an ethical serial killer – especially while trying to avoid the unshakable suspicions of the dangerous Sergeant Doakes (who believes Dexter is a homicidal maniac…which, of course, he is). In an attempt to throw Doakes off his trail, Dexter has had to slip deep into his foolproof disguise. While not working as a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department, he now spends nearly all his time with his cheerful girlfriend, Rita, and her two children, sipping light beer and slowly becoming the world’s first serial couch potato. But how long can Dexter play Kick the Can instead of Slice the Slasher? How long before his Dark Passenger forces him to drop the charade and let his inner monster run free?

In trying times, opportunity knocks. A particularly nasty psychopath is cutting a trail through Miami – a man whose twisted technique leaves even Dexter speechless. As Dexter’s dark appetite is revived, his sister, Deborah (a newly minted, tough-as-nails Miami detective), is drawn headlong into the case. It quickly becomes clear that it will take a monster to catch a monster – but it isn’t until his arch-nemesis is abducted that Dex can finally throw himself into the search for a new plaything. Unless, of course, his plaything finds him first…

With the incredible wit and freshness that drew widespread acclaim to Darkly Dreaming Dexter, Jeff Lindsay now takes Dexter Morgan to a new level of macabre appeal and gives us one of the most original, colorful narrators in years.


Dearly Devoted Dexter is the second book in the Dexter series.

Dexter’s character development seems to evolve even further in this book. His relationship with Rita and her children is better defined, and his relationship with Deborah gets even better. I also liked that we got more of a glimpse of Sergent Doakes and Vince. The main murderer is even more shocking this time.

I felt like this book was even more darkly humorous than the last. The food comments kept cracking me up. I’m very much enjoying the Dexter series and I can’t wait to see what happens next. Lindsay’s poetic writing style is wonderful and makes Dexter’s “voice” truly stand out.

It’s not at all like the show at this point, but in a way that makes the books more exciting.




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