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Turning Off The TV #12: Dexter


Welcome to my regular Thursday feature, Turning off the TV! In this feature I recommend books similar to TV shows or films you may have enjoyed, both series and specific episodes. Book covers link to Goodreads.

The TV series this week is: Dexter.


A Miami police forensics expert moonlights as a serial killer of criminals who he believes have escaped justice.

I haven’t seen this series myself, but it’s always intrigued me. When I worked in a local bookshop when I was seventeen/eighteen, one of my colleagues used to talk about it a lot. However I’m a total wuss and can’t stomach much gore so I’m kind of scared of trying the series out… I’ve chosen it for this feature because I can think of several books along the same sort of theme ie. a serial killer killer.

I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent #1) by Barry Lyga

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

I Hunt Killers was definitely my first thought when it came to Dexter. It’s about a young boy called Jasper Dent, whose dad happens to be a notorious serial killer. Jasper has pledged that he won’t end up like his dad, and when the bodies start piling up around his town, the police get him involved – as he has seen many crime scenes from the point of view of the criminal. Whilst Jasper is eager to help out, he starts to question his own feelings and morals, and wonders whether it’s nature or nuture that shapes us as a person. A very interesting book, Jasper’s inner monologue is often disturbing yet insightful. I reviewed it a while ago, as I received a free copy via Goodreads.

Killer Instinct by S.E. Green

Killer Instinct by S.E. Green

Killer Instinct cropped up on my Goodreads feed a while ago, and I immediately had to add it to my list for Dexter! It’s about a teenage girl who seems like a perfect young woman: she does well in school, she works at an animal hospital, she’s a martial arts enthusiast – and she has a secret interest in serial killers. She hunts criminals herself, but never goes as far as murder, but when a murder takes place in her town she gets even more deeply involved. It sounds like a really intriguing Young Adult thriller, although it’s not actually published until 6th May 2014 (Simon & Schuster). I’m tempted to go and request a copy from Edelweiss!

I Am Not A Serial Killer (John Cleaver #1) by Dan Wells

I Am Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells

I’m beginning to wonder whether books about serial killers are the new trend for Young Adult fiction! I Am Not A Serial Killer is written by Dan Wells, the author of the Partials series. Again, it’s about a teenager obsessed with serial killers, but he’s so afraid of becoming one himself that he’s written a list of rules to keep to. And according to Goodreads, it’s actually pretty scary. I haven’t read any of Dan Wells’ work yet (I have Partials on my Kindle), so I can’t comment on the writing style – but from what I’ve read about it, it sounds good!

Are you a fan of Dexter? Do you have any recommendations to add?

9 thoughts on “Turning Off The TV #12: Dexter”

  1. I really like the Dexter books (though I haven’t caught up on all of them) but I feel the same way about the tv show – not really into seeing all that gore! Your book choices are excellent! I’ve heard lots of great things about “I Hunt Killers” especially, I need to finally pick it up!

    Love your new layout too – it’s so pretty!!

    1. Ooh, I didn’t realise there were books too! Have you watched any of the show? I read recently that the finale was pretty disappointing.

      I Hunt Killers was definitely interesting, raised a lot of questions. It was a pretty fun read 🙂

      Thanks, Charlene!

  2. I believe Dexter actually is based off of a book series. I haven’t read them though, so I have no clue if they’re any good. I just recently got addicted to the show on Netflix. I’m now on season 2, and it is SOOOO addicting!! I love it! I don’t like gory stuff either, but the show isn’t as bad as you would think. They don’t show a lot of the death scenes. There were maybe 3 times so far that I had to cover my eyes. I love your choices of books here!! I Hunt Killers is one of my favorite series!! Can’t wait for the 3rd book coming out later this year 🙂 I also am going to read Killer Instinct. It sounds great!

    Another book that could maybe go with Dexter is Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell. I haven’t read it yet, but it’s about a girl serial killer who kills people who “deserve” it.

    1. I’ve spotted it on Netflix but I’ve avoided it so far – it’s very much on my ‘maybe’ list, if I can get over my fear of it! I’m surprised you don’t see many of the deaths to be honest – especially as it’s about serial killers AND a killer of them.

      I haven’t read the sequel to I Hunt Killers yet. I didn’t realise there was another one coming out! I’ve actually now requested Killer Instinct from Edelweiss, so I’m really hoping I get approved.

      Oh, I think I saw that one on Goodreads before! That would definitely fit 🙂

  3. I haven’t actually seen Dexter, but I’ve heard a lot about it. I’ve heard a lot of good things about the books you mentioned too – I love the Partials series by Dan Wells so I’ll probably give his other book a shot!

  4. I admit I have never read the books or watched the show. Nor have I read much about serial killers. I did recently read ‘Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu’ by Mercedes M. Yardley, which was a serial killer love story. It was pretty good.

    1. Me neither, though I did go through a period reading quite a bit about the case of Jack the Ripper after we studied it at school…

      A serial killer love story? Intriguing!

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