Book Review: Dexter is Delicious

Posted by: Kristy Sturdivant

The book, DEXTER IS DELICIOUS by Jeff Lindsay,  is the fifth book in the series that inspired the hit TV show.  This book finds Dexter Morgan, blood splatter analyst, serial killer and now new father sometime after the third season television series but before the fourth season.  As Dexter adapts to life as a new father, both to his step kids and new baby, he is torn between life as a “normal” dad and life as a serial killer. While he is juggling his new family he is also working with his sister, Deborah, to uncover a kidnapping case that slowly develops into several murders via cannibalism.  All in all, it’s just a normal month for Dexter in the hot and humid city of Miami.

SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t watched seasons three and four of DEXTER, then go no further!

Let me begin this review by giving you a disclaimer.  As an avid reader and avid movie watcher, I do my best to not compare books to movies and vice versa.  There are always some differences so I really do try to take each piece of work and judge it as a separate entity, even though that may be tough at times.  When I was given the opportunity to review DEXTER IS DELICIOUS, I was excited for a couple of reasons, the first being that I love the Showtime series and think Dexter Morgan is a truly captivating character who has a unique outlook on life. And second, I wanted to see what differences there were between the show and the book.  Of course I knew there will be some variations, but in this particular case, the variations were extreme and could make it difficult for anyone that hadn’t been reading the series of books all along.

Michael C. Hall in Dexter

Let’s begin with the obvious discrepancies that were problematic.  First, at the beginning of the book we are with Dexter at the hospital as he’s looking in on his newly born child…who is a girl.  It’s too early to tell in the television series whether or not this kid will play a big part in the overall arc of the character (as in its gender, I’m sure the child will play a huge role) so although this was odd it just may have been something that was overlooked, especially since this was supposed to have happened before season four.  My guess is that Showtime felt it was much easier to raise a male serial killer than a female serial killer.  The second problem was that Dexter’s brother, Brian aka The Ice Truck Killer, is still alive.  I’m surprised the show chose to kill him off, but to be fair, Mr. Lindsay didn’t do much with his character anyway.   Again, TV and books are different and Lindsay has to write the story the way it best flows for him, but for someone that loves the show, it’s hard to get past that major plot difference.

Michael C. Hall in Dexter

Those two issues aside, I found the book rather enjoyable.  I was hesitant to read it at first, due to the fact that Dexter is a serial killer and I wasn’t relishing the fact that I would have to read about the details of his kills.  However, the author really did do a good job of telling the story in such a way that it was not gory and even though some things are different, the author obviously understands Dexter’s character and we get better insight because of it.  One of the best things about Dexter Morgan is his inner dialogue and how he sees the world and himself in it. Mr. Lindsay did an excellent job of capturing the essence of Dex and it was a joy to get more inner thoughts.  I also really enjoyed the overall story and even liked how Mr. Lindsay set up the fact that Cody and Astor are now dealing with their own “Dark Passengers” and are looking to Dexter to hone their skills.

Michael C. Hall in Dexter

Overall, I’d give this book a 6/10.  I thought it was a fun read with a great character and excellent story.  It would have received a higher rating if I had been following the books all along instead of the TV show.  But Jeff Lindsay understands the character he created and all of his books are worth a read if you love the TV show.  Dexter’s inner dialogue is one of the highlights of the show and the book is basically one giant inner dialogue.


Dexter is delicious

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