Book Review | Dexter

Title: Dexter: Investigating Cutting Edge Television (Investigating Cult TV)

Author: Douglas L. Howard

My Review:

Dexter investigating cutting edge television is not the book the TV show Dexter is based on. It is a book of essays that break down the serial killer Dexter and basically psychoanalyze him and his effect on the shows viewers. The individual essay authors are all in the media industry and most of them are either PhD candidates or are professors. The book is written from an academic point of view.

I’ve watched three seasons of Dexter and am waiting for the fourth season to come in the mail. I’m not sure what that says about my husband and I and that we enjoy a good serial killer show but that’s a whole different subject. I thought that this book was the book the show was based on and it’s most definitely not that.

What it does is talk about the different reasons why people love to hate Dexter or why they just plain love him. It discusses vigilantism versus following the law. The book breaks down Dexter’s killing code and why he can have morals and still be a killer.   It offers quotes from the episodes that illustrate the points they are making. It’s a very in depth review of the mechanics behind the show’s story line and how it all comes together for great ratings.

If you like to break down a subject or a character this book would be appropriate for you. I’d recommend it to someone studying Philosophy, Media and Technology or even Psychology.  It makes sense to read this book if you are into the more technical aspects of movies.  If you are looking for something less intellectual, a good murder story or the original book the show is based on this definitely isn’t for you.

I received a copy of this book to review but was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own.


Erin is an Army wife and mom of two girls and one boy who lives in Utah. I love to read, blog, and be an advocate for childhood stroke survivors like her son.

more by Erin »