Wednesday, 5 October 2011 | By: Nicole @ Nicole About TOwn

Review: Dearly Devoted Dexter

Title: Dearly Devoted Dexter (Dexter #2)
Author: Jeff Lindsay
Genre: Suspense/Thriller
Rating: 18A
Publisher: DoubleDay
Release Date: August 19, 2005
Pages: 292
Source: Purchased Finished Copy
My Rating: 3*

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He's a charming monster...A macabre hero...A serial killer who only kills bad people

Dexter Morgan has been under considerable pressure. It's just not easy being an ethical serial killer—especially while trying to avoid the unshakable suspicions of the dangerous Sergeant Doakes (who believes Dexter is a homicidal maniac...which, of course, he is). In an attempt to throw Doakes off his trail, Dexter has had to slip deep into his foolproof disguise. While not working as a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department, he now spends nearly all his time with his cheerful girlfriend, Rita, and her two children, sipping light beer and slowly becoming the world's first serial couch potato. But how long can Dexter play Kick the Can instead of Slice the Slasher? How long before his Dark Passenger forces him to drop the charade and let his inner monster run free?

In trying times, opportunity knocks. A particularly nasty psychopath is cutting a trail through Miami—a man whose twisted technique leaves even Dexter speechless. As Dexter's dark appetite is revived, his sister, Deborah (a newly minted, tough-as-nails Miami detective) is drawn headlong into the case. It quickly becomes clear that it will take a monster to catch a monster—but it isn't until his archnemies is abducted that Dex can finally throw himself into the search for a new plaything. Unless, of course, his plaything finds him first...


"What to wear? I could think of no guidelines on what we were wearing this season to a party forced on you to celebrate an unwanted engagement that might turn into a violent confrontation with a vengeful maniac. Clearly brown shoes were out, but beyond that nothing really seemed de rigueur."

"I am not shy about admitting my modest talents.  For example, I am happy to admit that I am better than average at clever remarks, and I also have a flair for getting people to like me.  But to be perfectly fair to myself, I am ever-ready to confess my shortcomings, too, and a quick round of soul-searching forced me to admit that I have never been any good at all at breathing water.  As I hung there from the seat belt, dazed and watching the water pour in and swirl around my head, this began to seem like a very large character flaw."

My Thoughts

My favourite serial killer is back once again.  By day he is continuing to work for the Miami Police department as a blood splatter analyst and of course by night, he is slashing his way through the dregs of the Miami society.  There are just a few problems in Dexter's happily ordered life of work and murder.  Sargent Doakes is on to him and someone may or may not want to kill him!  Whatever is Dexter to do?

As Doakes' constant presence begins to put a damper on Dexter's happy slashing fun, Dexter decides to sharpen his disguise.  While spending his evenings on Rita's couch drinking beer, he notices some familiar behaviour in her children.  Could they be more like him than anyone suspects?  Dexter quickly finds himself as a mentor to Cody and Astor as he tries to steer them on the right path.

Of course it's not all playing daddy and shaping the monsters of the future for Dexter.  His sister has once again become involved in a gruesome case.  It quickly becomes clear that Dexter's archnemisis Doakes has some connection to the case and the two must reluctantly work together to solve it.  Dexter may just be able to kill two birds with one stone.

Once again, this book is quite funny and had me laughing out loud.  Jeff Lindsey continues to develop Dexter's character and with each book a little more of himself is revealed.


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