Monday, November 2, 2015
Double Dexter / Jeffry P. Lindsay / 337 pages / November challenge (Horror)
This 6th novel follows much the same formula as previous novels in this series. Watching the friendly neighborhood serial killer try to balance family, work, and very illegal playtime is humorous, but perhaps the author has spun out the formula a few too many times to make it feel fresh and new. Dexter's lovely (and increasingly neurotic) wife plays a larger role than in previous novels. She never quite gets enough development to feel like a real person, but that may be the author's clever way of showing how Dexter views her. She seems to only be foremost in his mind when she's not in the kitchen cooking. He then sets about figuring out how to get her back into the kitchen. Dexter's monstrous step-children seek out new brushes with death and destruction as Dexter tries to hold them in check. While I've mostly enjoyed this series, I will also be glad to see it come to an end with the next novel, Dexter's Final Cut.