“ Author: Jeff Lindsay / Format: Paperback / Genre: Crime & Thriller /Title: Double Dexter / ISBN 13: 9781409117872 / ISBN 10: 1409117872 / 352 Pages / Book is published 2011-10-27 by Orion / Alternative title: Double Dexter: A Novel / Alternative ISBN 10: 1409113493 „
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Jeff Lindsay has written a series of unusual crime novels that feature a serial killer called Dexter Morgan who is also a blood splatter analyst for the Miami police department. It is a very unusual concept of a bad guy with a code of morals - he only goes after bad guys. The concept has transferred very well to the small screen in the form of a TV show that has run for seven series I believe, which is simply entitled Dexter. The books are a bit harder to get into, and although you can read them, it is a bit of a strange style.
Double Dexter is the 6th book in the series. I have read books 4-6 in order, and gradually got myself into the mindset to understand the character of Dexter a bit more. I think part of the reason he is so hard to follow is because although his character mimicks human life by having a job and a family, we see from his personal thoughts that he doesn't feel things in the same way that a normal human does. The only exception is he is a bit more softer, or perhaps protective now of his family after his wife Rita had his daughter Lily Anne in book 5. Dexter is now trying to be better behaved and not take part in his evil pursuits, though his 'Dark Passenger' is not happy with him and trying to persuade him that he needs to continue.
In this novel, for the first time ever something goes completely wrong while he is at work, and someone witnesses him at work butchering a body. The person then goes on to stalk Dexter online threatening to unmask him. From the online content it is clear that Dexter is being followed on a daily basis and he is really feeling the threat to his family. To make it worse, people start turning up dead with Dexter's MO, and he is affected professionally by this weird sort of Deja vu that is going on between his two sides to his personality.
I had warmed a lot to Dexter in book 5, Dexter is Delicious, as I felt I was beginning to understand him a bit better and his dark side was somewhat curbed while he dealt with his new human emotions. Here though, I began to feel that Double Dexter was starting to refer to a duplication in plot. This idea that someone knew Dexters secret and that the person was then going to uncover Dexter is very similar to me to book 4 (Dexter by Design) and although there were some differences, there were also enough similarities to make me start to feel a bit of deja vu myself.
It was still kind of readable, and I really wasn't sure how Dexter was going to get out of this sticky situation so I kept reading, but I wasn't sure that this would be something I could really recommend to others or if I would read more of the series myself. After book 5, I felt the plot here disappointed me a bit as Dexter went too quickly from trying to control his behaviour to throwing himself back into it and ignoring his own rules to serve his own end.
I have been reassured by other reviewers who commented on my reviews of book 4 and 5 that the TV series is a lot better, so I think from now on, I will stick to that instead as the books are not something that I can really get into as well as I would like.