Sunday, June 08, 2008

Dexter In the Dark

Dexter In the Dark is the most recent of Jeff Lindsay's Dexter novels, and I have the same problem with it that I do with the prior novels, the plot just isn't very good. In fact the plot this time completely took me out of the story by adding in some entirely unnecessary fantasy elements that to my mind ruin the heart of Dexter's character.

However, while I hate the new conception of why Dexter is compelled to commit various horrible acts, the character himself is as strong as ever. Furthermore, the subplot of this novel, in which Dexter begins to train his step children in how to get away with murder is brilliant and makes the book worth reading just for those scenes.

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