It wasn't supposed to end this way. In a flash of steel, a flurry of gunshots, a chorus of strangled moans blending with the wails of sirens, certainly. A properly dramatic ending, with a good body count, a dash of treachery, absolutely. But not with Dexter, serial killer and forensic blood spatter analyst, horribly wronged and unjustly accused of the wrong murder, languishing inside the Guilford Knight Correctional Centre, bound and restrained, getting one hour's exercise a day. Can you correct a prolific serial killer? Would anyone want a monster rehabilitated? Is this really how it will end for Dexter...?
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As I say in the title - horrid book, not worth the money , destroys all the characters who you've grown to enjoy and destroys the entire series. Don't waste your money or your time.
Stop reading at this moment if for some reason that didn't convince you not to read this book as I'm going full spoilers because this book sucks and it doesn't deserve to be preserved.
As I said in my review of Dexter's Final Cut- Jeff Lindsay seemed to write this book (and the previous) as if he had no interest in doing this and was forced to by his publisher so he decided to destroyed all the characters you have grown to care about in this series. So since he didn't care I no longer care for him. Basically he seemed to no longer care for his fans and WHY he became famous.
So shall we hit it hard right now? EVERYONE dies- okay only Vince Masuka & Angel Batista live [and those who have read this book shouting about Deb and the kids, I'll explain that too in a little bit]. Yep that's right, between book 7 and book 8 every character dies - Rita, Dexter's brother Brian, Det. Anderson, and of course DEXTER! And yes, though he didn't write it, Deb, Astor, Cody, and both babies-- how you say? He didn't write that you say- well basically he did but again I'll explain in just a moment.
So let's see...How does this book ruin the series? Well as if Dexter wasn't beyond dumb in the previous book, destroying his 'smart' character in the majority of the books- here he's just plain stupid and can't seem to use his head ever. Why? Who knows?! I don’t want to write a synopsis of this whole thing, I’ll just cover some low-lights…
We find Dexter in a holding facility, he spends weeks in there without seeing anyone and is there illegally. This tries to set-up how it’s Dexter against the world. Well except for the fact that Det. Anderson is the most incompetent cop ever and suddenly despite all the over-whelming evidence against Dexter having committed any of these murders – he’s guilty by the ENTIRE police force eyes, no question, including Deb – who apparently has just been waiting for the right moment to get rid of Dexter from her life?!
Anyhow, Dexter gets out of fake jail via a his high-priced power attorney thanks to brother dearest Brian. We later find out Brian has lots of money due to stealing from a drug cartel boss and trying to make a run for it. And some how, despite Brian living on his own, never getting caught for anything, he knows nothing of the internet and credit cards and tracing things – this cause all sorts of probs for Dexter- as Brian affords everything thanks to robbing a drug cartel. Now they too wanna kill Dexter due to association. But really why would that matter when obviously every level of the Miami police department and state government ignore all facts and tell a forensic scientist, Vince, that despite all his evidence and his own word and proof that Det. Anderson is lying, faking things, and planting evidence, to just go away and not worry about the biggest case in their recent history was a giant fraud.
So as long as you accept all that, then you’ll be fine with Dexter suddenly becoming dumb and forgetting that also on the computer, still backed up in the cloud, is the evidence needed to prove that he is innocent- you know the info from the assistant to the leading lady [both who were murdered by the same guy, who also killed Rita and was trying to rape Astor]. She had proof that Dexter didn’t murder her, as was told by Astor in the previous book—I mean why would anyone think to bring that up right? Good thing the author didn’t. Also a good thing that Dexter, who has been driven by his Dark passenger for all previous 7 books, ignores it so much that the dark passenger is NEVER mentioned except for the torture session. Yep this all-guiding spirit that Dexter has relied on, disappears from this book and is just mentioned a few times in passing except for one scene. Dexter fails to notice all these things he would always notice before. He suddenly can’t stand his kids, Deb or anyone else it seems. He fails to do so with so many obvious things it almost becomes laughable. It would be if it weren’t for the fact that this means every other character is having the same problem and no one is doing a damn thing they normally would. This just keeps causing problems and stupid choices that characters almost never made in the previous books that you begin to wonder if Lindsay ever read any of the other books he wrote. But how about we just skip to the end where everyone dies shall we?
So the short version is bad guy takes Dexter’s kids and he needs to get them back. He kills his bad lawyer and tortures a bad guy to find out where the bigger bad guy is. He convinces Deb to join Brian and they go to a yacht that the bad guy is on. But obviously Deb is now to distraught and forget ALL her police training and all her previous dealing with drug lords in Miami so when they are on the boat she just runs into the room that has her kid. She also forgets her anger, the reason she contacted Dexter, and stops him from killing the people she WANTED him to kill just moments before?! In doing so of course this starts the domino effect of Brian getting killed, but allowing big bad guy to survive and mostly kill Dexter – who during all this goes fully dumb and reverts to being a 2 year old (no really that is what happens to him mentally) and Deb comes back to kill the bad guy. But Dexter now being two doesn’t remember fire makes bombs explode and wants to place a bomb to destroy the ship. – Now follow along folks who read the book as this is where EVERYONE dies, including Deb and all the kids—so Deb flees to Dexter’s boat where we assume the kids are all safe. Dexter sets a bomb to go off, but because he’s bleeding to death he sees no reason for him to try to escape. He some how manages to drop the mega bomb onto the fuel tank of the SUPER YACHT – ie multi-story, so must have mega fuel tanks. Dexter finds a way to the top of the boat to throw himself over the side railing into the water. He then drowns, plain and simple, he sinks to the bottom and is happy with that. BUT before he did, he waved Deb and his boat over to save him. And that’s how the book ends.
But here’s why everyone dies—Deb and the kids wouldn’t have known Dexter set a megabomb to go off on the fuel tanks. Deb and the kids would want to rescue Dexter, which means they’d bring their boat over to the mega yacht to get close enough to try and get Dexter out of the water. And with the bomb going off, the explosion from the bomb and fuel tanks would be big enough to damage, if not destroy Dexter’s boat to the point it would sink and everyone would die. That’s right, Lindsay killed Deb and the kids too!
So he went all George RR Martin without any pleasure.
Sucks! Absolutely sucks!
If you are a glutton for punishment, feel free to read his version, but let me save you the pain and money. Walk away now. Go find another book.