With this review, we have reached the end of Dexter week. I hope it was as fun for you to read as it was for me to create it. Let me know if there are any other themed weeks you would like to see in the future!
Double Dexter is the sixth book in the bestselling Dexter series by Jeff Lindsay. While it’s publishing date is set for October eighteenth, I was lucky enough to get my hands on an advance copy and see how it stacks up to the previous ones in the series.
It doesn’t just stack up to the others; it blows them all out of the water and then some.
The book starts out with a lyrical description of the night, a full moon in the sky and rain clouds ready to burst. Tension is created almost immediately by the prose here, and my thoughts from last week on the disappearance of “poetry in prose” from books in more recent times have now been rethought. Dexter, normally written in first person, is written with the word “we” instead of “I”, a word choice that shows a difference between when Dexter has on his mask and when he is free to be himself: the man and his Dark Passenger.
Even the murder that occurs right at the beginning of the book is described in this way, giving it a feel of surrealism that I don’t think could be accomplished another way. It is only after Dexter realizes that he has been seen, that there had been a witness to his crime, that the word “we” changes to “I” once more, marking an end of his world and a return to the real one.
The majority of the book then details Dexter’s private quest to find the Witness and to kill him before his secret night life can be spilled. This fear overrides him to the point where he is unable to see the problems at home, work, and everything in between. With his wife drinking nearly half a bottle of wine at night, his job as a blood spatter specialist at the local Precinct during a case where policemen are being beaten to death, and searching for a bigger house, it’s amazing that he can keep it all straight.
Oh, and he’s being investigated for the murder of a co-worker.
With events coming to a head in the Keys, Dexter finds himself face to face with his Witness, a man who had decided that he was going to be the “next Dexter” and has to choose between taking a safe path and following the events through to their completion. When his kids are taken from him by the now murderous Witness, his choice is made for him, and the book races towards its darkly devious denouement.
Overall, this book is well written and is full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing. There are some points where Dexter seems especially dense, mainly those involving Rita and her drinking. Perhaps it’s because I am female that I was able to figure out WHY she was drinking as much as she was before Dexter was. With him going out at night and not coming home until later, smelling like he just showered…well…I can see pretty easily where her thoughts were going.
As normal, the characters are well-written and any changes between books are explained through events that happened earlier or between novels. The setting is clear and crisp, a place that truly exists in Dexter’s world and in ours. Suspense and tension is drawn out enough so that we want to stay up to keep reading, but short enough that we do not get bored and the payoff is worth the time spent.
Lindsay is once again at the top of his game in Double Dexter and I enjoyed every moment of this book. If you are a fan of Dexter, either the books or the TV show, I suggest you pick this up as soon as it comes out and read it for yourself.