‘Double Dexter’ Book Review

A review by G-FUNK

Author: Jeff Lndsay

Plot: While serial killer/forensic specialist/family man Dexter Morgan is slicing up a clown somebody witnesses him in action. His initial fear that he was going to be turned in is replaced with a more complex problem – the witness wants to replace Dexter.

Review: ‘Dexter’ fans have always been fortunate in that they’ve got two different continuities to follow. After the first season of the television series followed the first book closely they went in their own direction. Unfortunately the book series seems to be stuck in the same rut as the television series, in that it’s meandering around without a clear sense of direction. This latest entry covers a wide range of ideas without any of it having any lasting impact on this story or the series as a hole. In addition to the main story we have the domestic issues of the Morgans finding a new home while puberty sends Astor off the deep end and Rita suspects that Dexter is having an affair. Plus a serial killer is pulping police officers with a hammer and Deborah is having to deal with the media and new responsibilities.

Whilst it is a decent page turner, it doesn’t do much to shake up the formula. It plays out much like a sitcom with everything returned to normality by the final page. Even some major factors, like a very public and bloody finale, gets brushed aside with a simple explanation when it could’ve opened up new narrative possibilities. While nobody expects a paperback crime thriller to break new ground it would be nice if the author could at least challenge himself, and the reader. This extends to Dexter’s latest rival who never seems to be anything close to a match for the more experienced killer, leaving the climatic showdown lacking any real suspense.

Ultimately fans of the series will continue to enjoy reading the now iconic anti-hero’s adventures. It’s not the best story Dexter has on offer, but it’s still a damn sight better than ‘Dexter in the Dark’ (let’s just pretend whole ‘Dark Passenger being a prehistoric demon spirit thing’ never happened). It’s an easily digested snack of a book – enjoyable while you’re reading it but leaving little lasting impression.