What I loved: Let me first just say, if you loved Dexter on Showtime, you will most likely love this book too. However, as most bookworms know, not everything can translate from paper to the big screen perfectly. If you want to begin the Dexter series, you must first separate everything you know from the show, and read the book as its own separate entity.
With that being said, this book had me glued throughout the entire story. I have a strange fascination with crime and killers, (see my True Crime section) and to have a book in the POV of a serial killer is extremely risque and interesting.
The book is a fast-paced psychological thriller keeping the reader on their toes from start to finish.
Because the book is being narrated by Dexter, a sociopath, we are not privy to other characters' emotions or amount of insight throughout. This may feel like the reader is in the dark for some major plot points, but it also creates one wild ride.
I am intrigued by Book #1 and can't wait to continue reading the series.
In total, there are eight books in the series.
What I didn't: It took me a good 100 or so pages to learn how to dissociate the book with the series. I felt myself constantly comparing novel Dexter to Showtime Dexter and novel Deb to Showtime Deb, etc. Once I was able to stop myself from doing that, the book was much more enjoyable. Also, as the book progressed, the plot had already begun to stray from season one, so it became easier to separate the two.
If you are a person who might not be able to stop yourself from constantly comparing the two versions, I'd be wary about starting the series.