Friday, August 23, 2013

Review: Double Dexter

Double Dexter
Double Dexter by Jeff Lindsay

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book Info: Genre: Thriller/Police Procedural
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: twisted people
Trigger Warnings: murder

My Thoughts: Okay, this is my first read of this book, so it's all fresh and new and unknown! How exciting! To make things more fun, I did a sort of informal buddy read with Chuck from Bookworm Buddies over on Goodreads.

I was immediately struck by how strangely everyone is acting in this book. Rita is behaving very oddly, and Camilla Figg—always in the background, never any details—is also acting in a most peculiar manner, mangling her sentences even more than Rita most of the time. I've always wondered what Camilla's problem was. Does she have a crush on Dexter? Is she just painfully shy? And when Dexter finds out about the Shadowblog, why doesn't he just try to track down the owner of the blog? And when he finds the wife's name, why didn't he look up their marriage license to learn the guy's name? It seems pretty straightforward to me. I also have to say I do not at all understand why Dexter doesn't ask his brother for help sooner. After all, Brian has been wanting to have a playdate with Dexter for a very long time now, right?

Anyway, I love this series, but this book frustrated the heck out of me. Dexter was just not up to his normal standards and it drove me crazy. There were so many times that I figured out things before he did, and since I'm really not all that good at figuring things out, this just felt wrong to me.

On the other hand, the description of their first day in Key West was hilarious. So, all-in-all, I did end up enjoying the book. The ending was just beautiful and restored my faith in dear, darling Dexter. After all, who could really stay mad at him no matter how slow he may have been at figuring things out this time? Not me, that's for sure. But yeah, I had to take off a star for his unforgivable dullness through much of this book. This was not the Dexter I know and love, and I can only hope that the next book will fix these problems. For twisted souls only!

Series Information: Dexter Morgan series
Book 1: Darkly Dreaming Dexter, review linked here
Book 2: Dearly Devoted Dexter, review linked here
Book 3: Dexter in the Dark, review linked here
Book 4: Dexter by Design, review linked here
Book 5: Dexter is Delicious, review linked here
Book 6: Double Dexter
Book 7: Dexter's Final Cut

Disclosure: I purchased a new, first-edition hardcover of this book for myself. Then when it was time to find it, I couldn't, and bought myself a Kindle copy. At any rate, I've paid for this book twice and therefore owe no one anything. All opinions are my own.

Synopsis: A witness. Such a simple concept—and yet for Dexter Morgan, the perfectly well-disguised monster, the possibility of a witness is unthinkable. But when Dexter is on a very private, very satisfying excursion one evening with a wretchedly deserving playmate, the unthinkable happens: someone sees him.

Dexter is not at all pleased. As an upstanding blood-spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department, he has always managed to keep the darker side of his life out of the spotlight... the fun part, where he finds truly bad people—murderers who have escaped the reach of the justice system—and quietly gives them his very special attentions. But now that he's been seen and identified by his witness, Dexter must launch himself into a different kind of hunt.

Making matters worse, a brutal cop killer is targeting Miami's police detectives, leaving behind bodies that are battered beyond recognition...and completely bloodless. As the department grows more fearful of the psychotic killer in their midst, Dexter must handle his own crisis and come to terms with the fact that his witness is not only circling him but determined to expose him. Dexter is being followed, manipulated, and mimicked... leading him to realize that no one likes to have a double, especially when his double's goal is to kill him.

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