Title: Dexter is Delicious
Author & Narrator: Jeff Lindsay
Publication Year: 2010
Pages: 368 (audio length: 11 hours 20 minutes)
Source: Audiobook purchased from Audible.com
From the cover:
Dexter Morgan has always lived a happy homicidal life. He keeps his dark urges in check by adhering to one steadfast rule… he only kills very bad people. But now Dexter is experiencing some major life changes – don’t we all? And they’re mostly wrapped up in the eight-pound curiosity that is his newborn daughter. Family bliss is cut short, however, when Dexter is summoned to investigate the disappearance of a 17-year-old girl who has been running with a bizarre group of goths who fancy themselves to be vampires. As Dexter gets closer to the truth of what happened to the missing girl, he realizes they are not really vampires so much as cannibals. And, most disturbing… these people have decided they would really like to eat Dexter.
I read this one immediately after Dexter by Design, but didn’t review it right away. I wasn’t really sure how I felt about it – I mean, I loved it, but it was so much different from the other books in the series that I didn’t really know how to talk about it without giving too much away.
Thus, I’m going to keep this fairly short. I really enjoyed Dexter is Delicious in large part because we finally see a slightly different side to Dexter. No matter how much he says that he’s “not human” or is a “monster”, it’s really hard to see him like that once you see the way that he treats his daughter and just how hard he tries to change once she is born. It’s actually irritating at times, how much he tries to suppress his nature, though I know that’s just because we as readers are supposed to be sympathetic towards him even though he’s a serial killer. It’s hard not to be when he so clearly tries to follow the Harry Code to the letter!
There’s an episode in this volume which actually feels really strange, because it’s just so far outside his character that it almost doesn’t fit. In the end, though, I suppose it does – it’s just a much more detailed and explicit depiction of something that he’s obviously done off-page earlier in the series. Still felt strange, though.
If you’re thinking about skipping this one because of the cannibalism, I would suggest that you read it anyways. It’s never really all that gruesome – no more so than the rest of the series anyways – and there are some really touching moments. There are some funny moments, too, just like in the others, but the real strength of Dexter is Delicious lies in its exploration of the more emotional side of the characters.