I'm a huge fan of the actual show and when I found out that they're based on novels, I knew I had to give it a shot; I was extremely disappointed though. Sure, 'Dexter' the show is creepy and it may be the actor himself but it's done in such a way that it's creepy AND intriguing. The 'Dexter' books... are just creepy. The character lacks any sort of depth and I didn't like him at all. I understand he's supposed to be a serial killer so he lacks any emotion, but, the way they're able to display it in the show is perfect. The books are just missing some integral something.