THE FOURTH MONKEY (4MK #1) by J.D. Barker
June 29th 2017, HQ
Se7en meets The Silence of the Lambs in this dark and twisting novel from the author Jeffery Deaver called, “A talented writer with a delightfully devious mind.”
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.
Words cannot begin to describe how much I loved this book. I rarely give five star reviews. For that to happen, a book needs to devour me, spit me back out and make me want to launch it across a room. All of these happened and more with THE FOURTH MONKEY.
I had seen the hype surrounding this book, so like most folk influenced by others, I purchased a copy and there it sat on my shelf for months while I made my way through what seems a never ending TBR! It was well worth to wait to get to this book where there was no rush to finish. I could sit and enjoy this book as was intended.
Short and punchy chapters give this story the pace it needed as we are thrown head first into a cat and mouse chase between our protagonist; Sam Porter and the 4MK killer. A killer who has been able to give the police the slip for a number of years. It is only on discovery on the diary, is Sam determined to bring this killer to justice.
The blurb tells us it’s ‘SE7EN MEETS THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS’ and that is for me a pretty spot on comparison. But I also got my ‘THE BONE COLLECTOR’ feels. Trinkets and notes are left along the way for the investigating team to decipher the killers next move. You find yourself thinking about the clues and whether you can solve the case as well! THIS BOOK IS THAT ADDICTIVE!
One thing I enjoyed with this book is back story of 4MK we read through his diary and how his childhood carved a path into adulthood and to commit these pretty sinister torture/killings. We learn how his parents actions influenced his personality and how one moment can change a life. I warn you though, it’s pretty grim and distressing reading – but as the market continues to be flooded with crime ficiton, I am always searching for that next book which gives me the creeps. It gave me those same feelings THE CROW GIRL did!
THE FOURTH MONKEY ends on a large cliffhanger which paves the way for the sequel; THE FIFTH TO DIE which is due for publication in July 2018. I CANNOT wait to get my hands on a copy!
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