Tuesday, 11 October 2011 | By: Nicole @ Nicole About TOwn

Review: Dexter by Design by Jeff Lindsay

Title: Dexter by Design (Dexter #4)
Author: Jeff Lindsay
Genre: Suspense/Thriller
Rating: 18A
Publisher: DoubleDay
Release Date: September 8, 2009
Source: Purchased Finished Copy
My Rating: 4*

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Dexter Morgan is back. After his surprisingly glorious honeymoon in Paris, life is almost normal for Dexter Morgan. Married life seems to agree with him: he's devoted to his bride, his stomach is full, and his homicidal hobbies seem nicely under control. But old habits die hard - and Dexter's work as a blood spatter analyst never fails to offer new temptations that appeal to his offbeat sense of justice...and his Dark Passenger still waits to hunt with him in the moonlight. Luckily for Dex, there's someone out there with particularly twisted tastes. Dexter may have never been a big fan of art - but the discovery of a corpse (artfully displayed as a sunbather relaxing on a beach chair) naturally piques his curiosity. Miami's finest soon realize they've got a terrifying new serial killer on the loose. And Dexter, of course, is back in business. From the most original voice in crime fiction, Dexter By Design is an enthralling, macabre and gruesomely entertaining thriller.


Normally, I am Dexter on the Spot, at the center of all important action, and to have so much death and destruction all around me and not be a crucial part of it didn't seem right.  Two whole bodies, and me no more than an observer with the vapors, fainting on the outskirts of the drama like a Victorian maiden. 
          -pg 281

"Dexter," he said, in what I am sure was a very emotional tone of voice,"did you bring doughnuts?"  It was truly heart warming to realize that I had been missed, and if only I had a heart, I am sure it would have been warmed.
     "I no longer eat doughnuts," I told him.  "I only eat croissants."
     Vince blinked.  "How come?" he said.
     "Je suis Parisien," I said.
     He shook his head.  "Well, you should have brought doughnuts," he said.  "We got a really weird one out on South Beach this morning, and there's no place out there to get doughnuts."
     "Quel tragique," I said.
     "Are you gonna stay like this all day?" he said.  "'Cause this could be a really long one."
          -pgs 14-15
My Thoughts

There are very few things that actually creep me out.  I mean things that bother most people, I wouldn't even bat an eyelash at.  Take me to a horror movie where everyone is freaking out at the gore being depicted on screen and I don't even bat an eyelash.  Take me to a movie where the main characters are professing their undying love for one another while gazing into each others eyes and I am most likely to cover my eyes in horror.  Yes, I know it's weird,  but that is just the way I am.  Having said that this book had some scenes that just made me my skin crawl, Jennifer's Leg being just one of them.

In Dexter by Design we once again have the return of our favourite serial killer and his dark passenger.  Gone is the hapless Dexter that we saw in the previous book when confronted by something more sinister than himself.  We catch up with Dexter as he is on his honeymoon in Paris with the ever annoying Rita.  While he is unable to indulge in his favourite hobby during his vacation, he does find some rather interesting and disturbing performance art to pass the time.

Upon his return from Paris, Dexter is immediately confronted with some very, very different homicides that are a bit puzzling to him.  While once again trying to help his ever ungrateful and self-absorbed sister Deborah, Dexter ends up getting himself in a bit of hot water while finding out that not all objects in the mirror are as they appear.

This was a different, but enjoyable version of Dexter.  It was nice to see him back to his old self, but at the same time being kept on his toes and realizing that sometimes he is his own worst enemy.


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