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The Fourth Monkey (A 4MK thriller #1) – J.D. Barker

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About the book

Published by HQ on 27th June 2017

For over five years, the Four Monkey Killer has terrorized the residents of Chicago. When his body is found, the police quickly realize he was on his way to deliver one final message, one which proves he has taken another victim who may still be alive.

As the lead investigator on the 4MK task force, Detective Sam Porter knows even in death, the killer is far from finished. When he discovers a personal diary in the jacket pocket of the body, Porter finds himself caught up in the mind of a psychopath, unraveling a twisted history in hopes of finding one last girl, all while struggling with personal demons of his own.

With only a handful of clues, the elusive killer’s identity remains a mystery. Time is running out and the Four Monkey Killer taunts from beyond the grave in this masterfully written fast-paced thriller.

My thoughts

Oh, I do love a good serial killer thriller and i’m happy to say this definitely lived up to the hype that was on my radar before reading it!

The story begins with a death, which leads 52 year old detective Sam Porter to believe this is the 4MK killer. For 5 years it has been a cat and mouse game to find who this killer is and now they think they might just have done so. Why? Because in a familiar little gift box there is a human ear and also what looks to be a diary. The 4MK killer abides by his rule: Hear no evil. See no evil. Speak no evil. Do no evil. He posts each body part (ear, eyes, tongue) out in these little boxes, before finally dumping the body. The fact that he was on his way to post the first body part leads them to believe there is a new victim, who may still be alive…

I loved so much of this book. Firstly, Sam Porter – I instantly warmed to him, he was very human, likeable and humorous -and that came across in his relationships with the other detectives, esp Nash – they had a fantastic banter and realness and i thoroughly enjoyed those parts.

Secondly, if you know me well enough you’ll know that i love nothing more than getting into the mind of a killer. I love finding out why they do these evil things and finding the path which lead them to this life. The diary entries here did exactly that, they were so captivating. We go right back to the killers (crazy) childhood and the author does a great job at making us understand his motivation for what he does. There’s also some very twisted and grissly moments (which I am a sucker for) although I think even i peeked through my fingers whilst reading a scene which involved a rat and a salad bowl!

Lastly, I love a book that it’s twists have me actually going back and reading bits over again, looking for the clues and then shouting at myself for not picking up on things – this absolutely did that! And if that wasn’t enough we then get hit with THAT ENDING! It’s brilliantly crafted in – but also very wicked of J.D. Barker making us wait until summer 2018!!

My rating – 5 stars

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