Title: Darkly Dreaming Dexter
Author: Jeff Lindsay
Narrator: Nick Landrum
Publication Year: 2004
Pages: 368 (audio length: 8 hours 18 minutes)
Source: Audiobook version purchased from Audible.com
From the cover:
Dexter Morgan appears to be the perfect gentleman. He is handsome and polite, and has been in a relationship for nearly a year and a half. Yet appearances can be deceiving, for Dexter is a serial killer who has slain many people. But in this tale, he’s the good guy, for there is one little twist: Dexter only snuffs out other murderers. When another serial killer, with an eerily similar style, starts grabbing headlines, Dexter has a fairly morbid thought. Am I being challenged?
I finally started watching the TV series Dexter a few months back, right from season one. I haven’t even quite finished that season, though, I don’t think – I still have an episode or two left to watch, and I’m just waiting for the DVDs to show up in the mail.
So when I sat down to listen to Darkly Dreaming Dexter, I expected it to be about the same. And in some ways, it was. The major serial killer from the television show that season – the “ice truck killer” – plays a significant part, and many of the plot details are the same, but not all of it. And while some of the other major characters are the same or very similar – particularly Dexter’s sister, Deb, girlfriend, Rita, and police sergeants Doakes and La Guerta – that seems to be pretty much the basis from which the television series took the book’s central plot and ran with it.
I really loved the character of Dexter, even more than I loved the character in the TV show. I think that’s largely because the book is narrated from his point of view, so you get to see inside his head even more and really get to know him from the inside out. There’s also this cheesiness about Darkly Dreaming Dexter, largely present in the writing style and the little jokes, that Lindsay gets across in the narrative but which I don’t think would translate well onto the screen. But I loved it – it’s been a while since I’ve actually found myself chuckling through a book.
It’s not exactly an intricate novel of High Artistic Merit, but it was interesting and tons of fun. I had a hard time shutting my headphones off, because I wanted to know what happened next so badly. And you will, too.