Dexter Morgan’s happy homicidal life is undergoing some major changes. He’s always live by a single golden rule – he kills only people who deserve it. But the Miami blood-spatter analyst has recently become a daddy – to an eight-pound curiosity named Lily Anne – and strangely, Dex’s dark urges seem to have left him. Is he ready to become an overprotective father? To pick up soft teddy bears instead of his trusty knife, duct tape, and fishing wire? What’s a serial killer to do?
Then Dexter is summoned to investigate the disappearance of an eighteen-year-old girl who seems to have been abducted by a bizarre group…who just may be vampires…and – possibly – cannibals. Nothing like the familiar hum of his day job to get Dexter’s creative dark juices flowing again. Assisting his bull-in-a-china-shop detective sister, Deborah, Dex wades into an investigation that gets more disturbing by the moment. And to compound the complication of Dexter’s ever-more-complicated life, a person from his past suddenly reappears…moving dangerously close to his home turf and threatening to destroy the one thing tat has maintained Dexter’s pretend human cover and kept him out of the electric chair: his new family.
Dexter is Delicious is the fifth installment of the Dexter series by Jeff Lindsay. It is also the inspiration for the hit TV show Dexter, which I loved, by the way, in case you didn’t know yet. It is about the charming blood splatter analyst of Miami-Dade, Dexter Morgan, who is keeping a huge, dark secret. He is a “friendly” serial killer, as he targets those who share the same hobby as him, only his victims prey on innocent people. He is strictly following a set of rules that was instilled on to him by his foster father who was a cop, the Harry Code. And though he had a few close call in the past, Dexter is still roaming. Free and out in the open. This time though, there’s an addition to his family. Dear Dexter is now a daddy to Lily Anne. What’s curious is how his favorite hobby is slowly losing its appeal and he doesn’t mind one bit. Maybe it’s time for him to completely abandon it and just focus on being a father. But life has other plans for Dexter, as someone from his dark past is threatening the life he built for himself and his new family. Not only that, there’s a new weird case in which he is a part of. So disturbing that his dark urges come to life again.
So, now, Dexter is a dad and having Lily Anne made our friendly serial killer feel a whole lot of emotions he never thought he’s capable of. It even occurred to him to turn his back on his pastime which is a huge decision for someone like Dexter. But seeing how the world is full of evil, stopping will not make his precious daughter safe from them. I like how Dexter finally shows some strong emotions and the human side of him. How his love for his newborn made him think that yes, he can live normally. But, yeah, the call for blood is much too strong so all that fuss about normal life didn’t push through. It got more complicated by the sudden re-appearance of his brother, Brian. Here you’d have to wonder of whatever motive he has considering the situation that happened on the last time they saw each other. Will he bring danger to Dexter’s family or just a harmless social call as he claimed? I like his addition to the story. He is mysterious and there were times I enjoyed him more than Dexter. Since he didn’t make it to the other seasons in the series and aside from having the same hobby as Dexter, we don’t know much about him. It is intriguing to see what role he’s going to play in his brother’s life especially how his wife and kids are warming into him. It doesn’t look good for daddy Dexter, for sure.
The storyline is really interesting which involves vampire-like cult practicing cannibalism. And of course, Dexter and Deborah are the ones in charge with the case. There’s this one girl who has a weird obsession with wanting to be eaten. It is intriguing and stomach-churning at the same time. But as much as interesting things are, I can’t stand how whiny Dexter get. He doesn’t do much but whine and wait for his rescue just like from the other books. He’s getting boring! I can’t see the smart and clever Dexter that I came to love. There were times, though, that he delivers some chuckle-worthy lines which make him bearable. Also, as much as I like the series Debra, her book counterpart is starting to be annoying. I know she’s a tough one, but her bullying Dexter is just too much.
Things can get a little predictable but I’d say Dexter is Delicious is still an entertaining read. It will take you back to Dexter’s twisted world with his dark wit and humor. There are few surprises along the way and enough suspense to keep you reading. A totally different story from the TV series and if you’re a Dexter fan, you might as well check it out.
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