“The key to a happy life is to have accomplishments to be proud of and purpose to look forward to, and at the moment I had both. How wonderful it was to be me.”
It took me far too long to finish this book and at just under 300 pages I am ashamed. I should have been able to knock this thing out on a lazy Tuesday off from work, but alas this is not the way it went down. Unlike the first which I couldn’t put down and was startled back to reality by a coworker while enjoying a shift drink (Thanks, Bryce.), I became restless while reading the second installment.
In Dearly Devoted Dexter this is where we see a real shift from the TV adaptation. While some things remain the same (ie: Doakes taking a after-hours interest into Dexter’s goings on.) Dexter admittedly becomes all too human. Enjoying a beer on the couch with his girlfriend, playing “kick the can” with the neighborhood children, and not fulfilling the need of his ever present Dark Passenger. While the case that he gets wrapped up in is gut wrenching and Dexter’s humor is still in tact it was still hard for me to get passed the droning of the “day to day Dexter”. Isn’t the main reason we love this murderous vigilante is because he IS a murderous vigilante? That being said, once I got passed the “everyday Dexter” I became more interested in the case and trying to figure out how they were going to catch this psycho bastard.
Another departure from the TV adaptation is the…
(I must interject a la William Goldman. Now you know, friends, that I am not one for spoilers.But frankly there is no way around this one and if I am going to continue on my Dexter journey and Mr. Lindsay continues with this storyline then I have to make an exception. Just this once. So, if you want to be surprised by this plot twist…Stop reading. )
(I also refuse to say “spoiler alert”.)
…fact that Cody and Astor seem to have Dark Passengers of their own. Cody’s comes out on a fishing trip with Dexter, a bonding man trip for the boy who was beaten by his father, he gleefully stabs a fish that has swallowed his hook. Then when the neighbors dog goes missing and Cody and Astor make excuses for its disappearance Dexter suspects the baby Dark Passengers are behind it. He asks them about it one night and they fess up or at least they tell him that Cody did indeed dispatch the canine. It is unclear at the time if Astor will participated or if she is just trying to keep her brother’s secrets safe. Either way, I’m interested to see where this storyline is going to go.
Thought it took me a while to get through the second book I’m still enjoying the ride that is Dexter. I am taking a detour to read The History of Love. I heard about it a few years back and then when a coworker of mine gave it glowing reviews after she had to read it for a class I decided that I could not put it off any more. Stand by for that review soon.
Read on, friends.