It seems that the second to last Dexter novel has finally broken out of the rut the series has fallen into. Just in time for it all to end, of course.

The story starts in a cliche fashion. A new cop show is filming in Miami, and they want to shadow Dexter and some of his co-workers to learn their characters.

Alright, we’ve seen this before. Like, probably too many times. Every cop show has to have a super meta episode with a lot of fourth wall jokes about the ‘real’ cops being shadowed by actors. Some shows, like Castle, made it their whole thing. 

Right away I was not impressed. And it just kept getting more cliche. 

Dexter’s saddled with Robert, a well-known actor that everyone else is losing their minds over. Dex doesn’t care, he’s just irritated by the man’s presence. Then, Dexter is introduced to Jackie, who’s shadowing Deb. And he’s instantly drawn to her in a way we haven’t seen him be drawn to anyone. He describes her as having, not a Dark Passenger but a Light Passenger. 

Dexter's Final Cut, by Jeff Lindsay

Things go from bad to worse fast. Someone’s hunting Jackie, planning to cut her up and, um, do stuff to her eye socket. We know this because he’s done the same to several women who look an awful lot like Jackie.

Worried, Jackie asks him to be her bodyguard. And, well, I’m sure you can guess what happened next.

Call me callous, but I can forgive Dex’s murders. It’s why we love him. But I can’t forgive cheating on Rita after she’s been such a loyal and supporting wife.

Dex all but abandons his family, staying with Jackie in her hotel room. That is, until he gets a frantic call from Rita, that Astor has vanished. 

It doesn’t take Dex long to figure out what I realized pretty soon into the book. It was Robert who took Astor, and for the worst reason you can imagine. 

By the end of our story, Dexter finds himself in a house full of dead bodies he’s not responsible for killing. Even so, he’s been caught red-handed. And for once he’s going to have to face the consequences. 

Honestly, at this point, I’m only reading this series for one reason. I’ve invested too much. Two shows, totaling nine seasons, and now seven novels. There’s just one more novel to go. I’ve just come too far to give up now.

Even if it sure feels like the author did. 

1 out of 5 stars (1 / 5)