dreamingbear (dreamingbear) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Book #22: Dexter in the Dark

Title:Dexter in the Dark*
Written by:Jeff Lindsay
Narrated by:Nick Landrum
Genre:Mystery, Suspense, Dark Comedy(?)

A blood spatter analyst for the Miami police, Dexter has seen his share of gruesome deeds - and committed a few himself. But when he investigates a particularly terrible crime scene at a local university, everything changes.

Macabre yet hugely entertaining, Dexter in the Dark takes America's most endearing murderer, the star of a hit Showtime series, to places even he isn't comfortable exploring.

From Wikipedia
In Dexter in the Dark, the third novel of the series, it is revealed through third person narrative of an entity referred to as "IT" that the Dark Passenger is an independent agent inhabiting Dexter, rather than a deviant psychological construction. Later, Dexter realizes the Dark Passenger is related to Moloch, a Middle Eastern deity worshiped in Biblical times. The Dark Passenger is one of Moloch's many offspring; Moloch had many children (formed through human sacrifice), and learned to share its knowledge with them. Eventually, there were too many, and Moloch killed the majority; however, some of them escaped into the world. In the novel, Dexter learns of the Dark Passenger's true nature when it briefly "leaves" him, frightening him into researching possible reasons for its existence. Dexter comes to accept his role as stepfather to both children very seriously in Dexter in the Dark, albeit in his typical fashion. For example, while on a stakeout, he begins to wonder if Cody had brushed his teeth before bed and if Astor had set out her Easter dress for picture day at her school. These thoughts distract him from hunting an intended victim, which thoroughly annoys him.

I greatly enjoyed the character development of the children, but Lindsay wandered off on a limb here and the results are rather odd... I don't like where he took Dexter... and suddenly the Dark Passenger is a separate entity unto itself... that can leave...

so his being a sociopathic serial killer was the entity residing within him, not a neuro-biological condition... which is disappointing having come to this book series from the Mental Illness Advocacy Reading Challenge... it almost feels like a betrayal of what looked like the story's origins...

Also, while aspects of the story were somewhat intriguing (when I ignored where I thought the story came from), there were times that it was a bit long-winded and my concentration and interest waned. Not my favorite thus far in the series... we'll see if Book 4 of the series redeems it or if I drop the book series and pick up the TV series.

22 / 75 books. 29% done!

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