Dexter na Sombra (Dexter, #3)
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Dexter na Sombra (Dexter #3)

3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  19,133 ratings  ·  1,365 reviews
Dexter Morgan, um respeitável técnico dos serviços médico-legais da polícia de Miami, tem um "hobby" muito "sui generis": matar assassinos em série. O mal está vivo...? Esse é o tema em redor do qual o prof. Jerry Halpern faz o seu doutoramento. Dexter, subitamente, vê-se confrontado com a morte de um dos estudantes de Jerry, num aparente sacrifício a uma antiga divindade....more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published 2010 by Bertrand (first published 2007)
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Becca
I wish I could say that this is a fantastic third instalment of Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter series but I’d be lying. Somewhere along the line Lindsay decided it would be interesting to take Dexter into the realms of supernatural and biblical mythology which completely goes against the original reason why I love Dexter.

All the characteristics that make Dexter who he is, his logical outlook on life and how best to fit in and play nicely all goes down the drain when the idea that he might be possessed by...more
Jeffrey Keeten
Far above the aimless scurrying of the city IT watched, and IT waited. There was plenty to see, as always, and IT was in no hurry. IT had done this many time before, and would do so again, endlessly and forever. That was what IT was for. Right now there were so many different choices to consider, and no reason to do anything but consider them until the right one was clear. And then IT would start again, gather the faithful, give them their bright miracle, and IT would feel once more the wonder a...more
Sean
Disappointingly mystical. In attempting to "explain" Dexter, Lindsay has robbed him of much of his appeal. Anne Rice tried this in Queen of the Damned, to much the same effect: Dexter's unique talents, like Lestat's, were better left a mystery.
Brooke
If book-Dexter was running along a slightly different track than TV-Dexter before this, Dexter in the Dark takes as far away as it can possibly get.

TV-Dexter is grounded squarely in reality. A very bloody reality, but reality nonetheless. The first two books in the series hinted a bit at a supernatural element; the first book's dreams, for example, and they way our beloved serial killer referred to his dark side as a separate persona who resided in him. I always figured this was metaphorical, b...more
Lightreads
Adventures of a sociopathic serial killer who generally only cuts up people who hurt children.

Okay, awesome. Lindsay has clearly done his research – the way Dexter completely fails to get sex, his inflated perceptions of his own intelligence, his completely oblivious sexism, his utter lack of the empathic reflex, it's all perfect. People who know me were shocked I hadn't read these books before. Mostly it was that I knew what they were about, and I thought it would be stupid because I didn't bel...more
Lou

Dear Dexter
I am writing to you to say really you brighten my day, you and me are the same we both are in tune with our dark passenger, well you used to be!
What happened its seams in this chapter of you're life aptly named 'Dexter in the dark' you're dark passenger is in the dark for a while. Not for me around the same period of year you had written this I was actively in tune with my dark passenger in let's say the most macabre of methods of execution.
I unlike you do not prey on the hunters I
...more
Aaron Geno
Jan 19, 2011 Aaron Geno rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fair-minded fans of the first two books.
There's a lot of dislike for this book going on in these reviews. It's totally unjustified.
First, this may come as news to some people, but Dexter the show is not Dexter the [Author: Jeff Lindsay] series. The books are darker (if you're a fan of the show, 1. Yes, it's possible, and 2. Don't pick up the series here; start with Darkly Dreaming Dexter). And yes, there's a supernatural element to this book. The thing is, it's not new. I would argue that the supernatural element is present even in th...more
Richard Lu
Dexter in the Dark review
By: Richard Lu

If you’ve ever seen Dexter on T.V then you’ll probably know that the plot of the show is about a man with dark desires who wishes to kill people. Instead of using these desires to kill innocent people, Dexter only bears his fangs on other predators that have escaped the judgement of the courts. The plot is absolutely gorgeous and it keeps viewers coming back week after week. Thankfully the book version of Dexter has follows the same format, Dexter express...more
Catherine Lovelace
Rather I think 'Lindsay in the Dark'

I must admit that I one of those fans that first experienced Dexter in all its televised glory. And I usually am the one that makes the point of reading the subject to death before watching the movie. And I almost always think that the novel is far superior. My experience with the Dexter novels has been quite the opposite...

After falling in love with our beloved killer on my tv sceen I ran to the library to find the books that inspired such an entrancing tv se...more
Greg
I guess I enjoyed the book. There was a lot missing from it that I thought could have made it more interesting, and while I'm not a big fan of starting an ongoing series in the third book, I made an exception for this since a) the book was free and b) I'd watched the first season of the show. The show itself is really good, and the book is well eh. While I was reading it I didn't dislike it, but now I'm thinking, well there was no police procedural stuff, there was nothing to show that Dexter wa...more
Travis
I also read some of the reviews of Dexter in the Dark before reading and I saw a common theme with most of the reviews; people hated the supernatural aspects. I on the other hand enjoyed the length that the author Jeff Lindsay went through to explain the origins in a very creative and supernatural way that roots human's dark motivations, rituals and religion in this concept of IT or in Dexter's case his Dark Passenger. If there was any gripes about this book was that I was intrigued all the way...more
Karen
Well, it started out nice and sick, as any Dexter book should. There's also a very funny exchange that involves the victim of a tongue extraction, the sound "Goy," and the response "Yes. Methodist, actually." Oh, I laughed so hard I was crying.

But then there's a lot of silliness. And, yes, that is the best word for it -- though dumb is challenging it.

SPOILER ALERT

First of all, Aramaic is written right to left and does not look like the Latin alphbet enough for plebs to decipher it. Second, I do...more
Thomas Paul
It's sad to see such a good series descend to this level. This book was a real disappointment. It's hard to know where to start but the overall premise of the book, that Dexter's "Dark Passenger" is actually a supernatural possession by some kind of child of Moloch an eternal something-or-other, lacks so much believability that it ruins the entire series. What made the first two books so good was that Dexter was the sociopath trying to live in the real world. His "Dark Passenger" was simply a di...more
Katy
Aug 18, 2013 Katy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: twisted souls
Book Info: Genre: Supernatural Thriller/Police Procedural
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: twisted people
Trigger Warnings: murder, human sacrifice

My Thoughts: So, again, this is my second time through this book. I originally picked it up in 2010 and read it shortly thereafter, so it's been around three years since I first read these books.

This book has a lot more of the dark humor that we so love with Dexter, superimposing the comedic wedding plans and Dexter's attempts to work with Astor and...more
María
Y así pasó la tercera entrega de Jeff Lindsay: "Dexter en la oscuridad".
Lindsay nos hace conocer una faceta hasta este momento desconocida por todos nosotros, lectores ávidos y amantes del género, y es que en esta tercera entrega, nuestro protagonista libra una verdadera lucha "humana".
Lo que más me llamó la atención de esta obra, y que por sobre todo logro resaltar y diferenciar de las dos anteriores es que Dexter no sólo es un complejísimo personaje, sino que también el autor (Lindsay) no esca...more
Lollie
after reading a few of the other reviews, I think some people may have missed the very subtle point.
In this book Dexter, who is usually so sure of himself, suddenly loses something very close to him. It throws him off. He has no fallback.
People who complained that Dexter wasn't up to his usual witty banter, might do well to think - Who the hell can come up with classic one-liners when you've been off your game for weeks?
This is the whole point, finally seeing Dexter in a vulnerable position.

I fo...more
Emma Rj
Before starting this book I hadn't really heard anything good about it so I was well-prepared for a subpar reading experience. Overall, it wasn't THAT bad. Yes, it's mystical / mythical / supernatural but I see that Lindsay was just trying to give us a rational explanation for why Dexter is the way he is. In my opinion, it seemed a rather creative and well-researched explanation. It wasn't poorly executed.

My issues with the book didn't lie in the mystical but in the lack of suspense. Yes, it was...more
Natasha
This series rocks. Most know Dexter from the TV series on HBO, which is also excellent. But he was first introduced on paper.
Dexter truly is “One of the most likable vigilante serial killers”. I love being inside Dexter's head, which you get in the show, but not as much as the book. (which usually happens when books become shows). The dialogue is awesome the plots are filled with suspense, horror and the occasional humor. Whats not the like? DEXTER IN THE DARK is the third installment in the se...more
Sherry
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mossum
Aug 25, 2009 mossum rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: unsophisticated readers
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Tim Allcock
The first 2 Dexter books were great. Then the Dexter saga comes to a screeching halt with this book. This one was awful!

Dear Disappointing Dexter, I'm sorry that Lindsay shat this one out. Perhaps he was sleep writing this one while listening to the Ghost Busters theme song. I honestly don't know what "possessed" Lindsay to think that the Dexter story needed ghosts.

To Lindsay's credit, there were a few places in the book that I cracked a smile or two. Even a spot where I was slightly excited to...more
Mike
The third installment in the Dexter series offers diminishing returns. It relies heavily on the charity of the reader/viewer of the previous books and TV show to maintain interest. The story is a little limp....it follows what happens when Dexter loses his 'Dark Passenger', the inner voice that directs his murderous ways. As usual he has a mysterious human nemesis who has singled him out for unclear reasons, but why he is singled out is never clear or particularly interesting. There's lots of st...more
Anne
I was expecting a lot for the third installment of the series, but boy, it was disappointing.

I don't know why Jeff Lindsay decided to pursue the novel in a religious and fantastical point-of-view, so much so that Dexter in the Dark bore some semblance with a Dan Brown novel. All of a sudden, I was plunged into a world involving an ancient god and a biblical story that was actually more than what it initially seemed. Even the idea of demonic possession came into play.

Dexter termed the voice withi...more
Rob
I'm not sure if it's because the final season of Dexter (the TV series) was such a disappointing shitshow or just that author Jeff Lindsay finally hit his stride with the third book in his series, but Dexter in the Dark was an immensely satisfying read. This time around, Dexter is fighting a battle on two fronts: tracking down a murderer who takes a page from ancient Biblical texts, and, closer to home, figuring out how to handle the growing propensity for violence in his two soon-to-be stepchil...more
James
For a Dexter fan, this book was an interesting departure from the usual slice and dice which I've come to enjoy so thoroughly...and by interesting I mean, nicely, that it was not as good as the previous books. Hopefully, Showtime will continue their departure from the book storyline as they did in season 2; delving into the mystics of the Dark Passenger (as in this book) would be a mistake.

Sera
Lindsay finds his groove with this third book in the Dexter series. Dexter's getting married, there's something off with his soon to be step-children, and we learn more about the Passenger. Oh, and of course, there's murder and mayhem.

I really enjoyed this book, and I look forward to continuing my read of the series.
Hayat
3.5

I love the Dexter series but I didn't like this one as much as the others. Perhaps it is something to do with the supernatural element in this one. Somehow this just doesn't fit in with the modern Miami murder mystery setting. Dexter's new role as a 'father' figure or to be more precise, Dr Frankenstein and his two potential monsters, is intriguing and a little disturbing to say the least. Still I hope the next book is a lot more exciting than this one and that Dexter is back to his usual sel...more
Kimberly
Mar 09, 2009 Kimberly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who has read the others.
When we first met Dexter, he was a monster among men, albeit an attractive and compelling one. Broken early on in life, but marginally redeemed thanks to the mentorship of his adoptive father, he became a self-wielded weapon aimed at the most despicable members of society. Who can argue with that, right? Dexter is easy to identify with despite being a man who claims to have no emotion. And in the first two books, the fact that he is but a man is very significant. It evokes that classic Dostoevsk...more
Desiree
It is an artform to get the motive just right in macabre works -- it can't be too elaborate, too obvious, or too vague. The three seasons of Dexter I've watched on tv seem to nail this dynamic in the title character. The show has explained that Dexter has homicidal urges resulting from witnessing his mother's brutal murder as a child, and his foster father -- the cop on the scene -- viewed these urges as something inescapable that Dexter might as well channel into vigilante killing of the creeps...more
Eli
Anyone familiar with the Dexter series, whether the books or Showtime program, knows that these stories are not for the queasy.

Long before Showtime aired the series, I had read the first two by Jeff Lindsay, Dearly Devoted Dexter and Darkly Dreaming Dexter, and was immediately struck by the brilliant concept of the character. This is our opportunity to enter the mind of a serial killer -- but this is no ordinary serial killer. Raised by his adoptive police detective father (Harry), who recognize...more
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Jeff Lindsay is the pen name of an American crime writer, Jeffry P. Freundlich, who lives in Cape Coral, Florida with his wife, author Hilary Hemingway, daughter of Leicester Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway's brother.

Lindsay is best known for writing the Dexter series of novels. Many of his earlier published works include his wife as a co-author. Time Blender was written with Michael Dorn. He graduat...more
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