Dexter is Delicious (Review)

May 18, 2011

Book cover for "Dexter is Delicious" by Jeff Lindsay.Title: Dexter is Delicious

Author & Narrator: Jeff Lindsay

Publication Year: 2010

Pages: 368 (audio length: 11 hours 20 minutes)

Genre: Fiction

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.

(This is the fifth book in the Dexter series, after Darkly Dreaming DexterDearly Devoted DexterDexter in the Dark, and Dexter by Design.)

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.

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3 Comments

  • Jason Jack Miller May 23, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Hey Carina,

    Got your link from the ArmchairBEA blog and thought I’d drop by and sat hello. I’m a fellow teacher (Earth and Space Science) and hoped to make it to New York, even got the personal day and everything. But it didn’t work out.

    If you feel like your missing out on all the free books you’d get at BEA, I’d be happy to send you mine. Just drop me a line if you’re interested.

    Cheers,
    Jason
    http://jasonjackmiller.blogspot.com

    • Carina May 24, 2011 at 10:19 am

      Awww! I see there were quite a few of us who were hoping to make it, but it fell through. I love the look of your blog! Thanks for the offer, but I’m actually going to decline … I just finished packing up almost all of my books (800+) for my move in the summer, and I’m trying to minimize how many physical books I acquire between now and then.

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