In his work as a Miami crime scene investigator, Dexter Morgan is accustomed to seeing evil deeds…particularly because, on occasion, he rather enjoys committing them himself. Guided by his dark Passenger – the voice inside him that helps stalk his prey – he lives his outwardly normal life adhering to one simple rule: he only kills very bad people.
Dexter slides through life undetected, working as a blood splatter analyst for the Miami Police Department, helping his fiancee raise her two adorable (if somewhat…unique) children, and always planning his next jaunt as Dexter the Dark Avenger under the light of the full moon.
But everything changes when Dexter is called to a gruesome double homicide. Dex realizes he’s dealing with someone a whole lot more sinister than he is and it sends the Dark Passenger into hiding. And when something scares your friendly neighborhood serial killer, you know it’s serious…
More used to inspiring fear then experiencing it, Dex must investigate, while simultaneously coping with his demanding family. If he’s to save himself, and those around him, Dexter must pose questions he’s never dared ask – where does evil come from, and does it hide inside everyone…?
Dexter in the Dark is the third installment in the Dexter series. Like I’ve always said, I love the TV show, Dexter. And this time, the plot in the book is so totally different from the show. And yes I am disappointed and close to abandoned the book series. It took me a long time to finish it, as well.
Now, Dexter, our friendly serial killer/blood splatter analyst, is engaged with Rita and he spends more of his time with her and her two “unique” kids. By unique, it means the kids, Astor and Cody, are having violent tendency similar to Dexter’s (having neighbors pet as their target) and if not guided properly will end up in jail. They were abused by their father and was traumatized by the experience. So come dear Dexter to the rescue. He took it upon himself to instill the Code of Harry to the two kids. This bit is really interesting since there was not a single hint of it in the TV series. I’m curious as to where this scenario will lead to.
Also, I still can’t believe that Dexter goes through with the engagement and not set things straight and tell Rita that it was all a misunderstanding. It is not even an engagement ring and it was owned by a man! I just thought Dexter will man up and tell Rita the truth after all is well from the previous book. Unfortunately, he doesn’t really care. It was just part of his disguise for normalcy anyway. But it doesn’t stop me from feeling frustrated. Though, to be fair they got married in the show, too. Just not that way.
And WHY does his “Dark Passenger” need to have a supernatural origin or history whatsoever? WHY? Can’t it just stay the way it is? If Dexter’s story started with a fantasy feel to it, I would not mind. But throwing that out on the third book will seem absurd.
The killings are so intriguing, of course. Two female students met a gruesome death. They were not only burned. They were beheaded, too. And in place with their heads are ceramic bull heads. And suddenly, without any warning, Dexter’s Dark Passenger eluded him. Something scared it and pushed it to silence. He can’t seem to summon it no matter how he tried so he has to solve the crime on his own, without the helpful aid of the Dark Passenger.
Speaking of which, it is interesting to see how Dexter is without his beloved passenger. He begins to develop emotions that were once foreign to him. He feels anger and sadness that were suppressed by the Dark Passenger before.
So overall, Dexter in the Dark is an okay book. It’s not that I don’t like this third book. I like it, still. Just a little less than the first two books. And yes, I will carry on with the series and hope that things pick up again.
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