“Dearly Devoted Dexter” is the second book in Jeff Lindsay’s series and is every bit as good as the first book. I was pleased to find that the book continued with the same artistic writing that Lindsay displayed in the previous Dexter book, again using alliterations throughout the novel and his trademark dark humor. I found this book to be a little more brutal than the first, and I liked that it was different from the series. In this book there is a killer on the loose who is torturing his victims excessively before they die. He actually leaves his victims alive in most situations, although they are worse off for it. Lindsay gets very gruesome in this novel and I’m sure that because the plot in this book is so graphic, that is the reason that it was not chosen to be adapted to television.
When it comes to book series being turned into movies I am of the general opinion that the movies should do their own thing rather than try to be a visual display of the book. I like the way that the Sookie Stackhouse novels are separate from the HBO series True Blood. Although the basic plot comes from the books, True Blood adapts into it’s own show and they do so very well. I hope that the rest of the Dexter book series shows that the Dexter TV series did it’s own thing.
I would recommend this book to most people, it is quite entertaining and although it might be a bit gruesome—it is still a very enjoyable read.