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Enjoyable, though different
on 1 August 2010
This is another enjoyable Dexter novel from Jeff Lindsay. This book sees Dexter as a new father, and his little girl, Lily-Anne, is giving him a new view on life. He decides to give up the dark ways, and focus on being a good father. Deborah on the other hand needs Dexter's dark side for help on her latest case, which involves a cannibal kidnapping!
Due to severely pared down gore, this book reads more like a detective novel than a traditional Dexter novel, but is very enjoyable none the less. Jeff Lindsay writes better and better every book, with dialogue and pacing better that before. The plot in this one is a little weak however, with a couple of very obvious plot twists (probably best to call them plot kinks really), and some rather obvious sign posting.
Another disappointing evolution is Dexter's new found humanity. This essentially manifests as him being bossed around and manipulated, as well as being less focussed. This is a strange book in the series in some ways, being quite good, but in completely different ways than the previous Dexter novels. Recommended as a book in the series, especially with the intriguing reintroduction of an old character, but not a classic.