Double Dexter (Review)

February 24, 2012

Book cover for "Double Dexter" by Jeff Lindsay.Title: Double Dexter

Author & Narrator: Jeff Lindsay

Publication Year: 2011

Pages: 352 (audio length: 12 hours 31 minutes)

Genre: Fiction

Source: Audiobook version purchased from Audible.com

From the cover:

Dexter Morgan is not your average serial killer. He enjoys his day job as a blood spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department . . . but he lives for his nighttime hobby of hunting other killers. Dexter is therefore not pleased to discover that someone is shadowing him, observ­ing him, and copying his methods. Dexter is not one to tol­erate displeasure . . . in fact, he has a knack for extricating himself from trouble in his own pleasurable way.

Like the previous five best-selling novels in the Dexter series, Double Dexter showcases the witty, macabre origi­nality that has propelled Jeff Lindsay to international suc­cess. Double Dexter is raucously entertaining . . . full of smart suspense and dark laughs.

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

This may not have been my favourite of the Dexter novels, but it was fairly high up there. I think I listened to the entire book in the span of a few days. It was a little less predictable than I had been expecting, and I kept wanting to know what would come next.

One of the most interesting elements of Double Dexter was the focus on the relationship between Dexter and Rita. Rita seemed to be come more complex in this book, less two-dimensional and flat. She grew some balls and actually realized that something was amiss when Dexter was away so often and was acting funny, rather than her usual ditzy self who never really noticed a thing. I liked that: it made her a lot more believable than she’d been in the past.

I still wish that Lindsay would go back to the old narrator and stop narrating his own books … but this one also didn’t feel quite as stilted as the previous one, so it wasn’t as painful to listen to. I actually didn’t notice quite so quickly at the beginning that it hadn’t gone back to the original narrator.

Definitely give this one a read if you’re up to speed on the series. I think you’ll enjoy it.

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