Book: The Fourth Monkey
Series: A 4MK Thriller #1
Author: J. D. Barker
Published: HQ, June 27, 2017
See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil… Do No Evil
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 terrorised the residents of Chicago. When his body is found, the police quickly realise 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 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.
A brilliant read. My first ever book by J. D. Barker, a gripping tale of decay of human psyche. A flowing narration, more specifically in the intriguing diary of the killer known as the Four Monkey Killer. I simply couldn’t put this book down, but it also took me a while to finish it because I wanted to savor every last bit of this thriller.
As someone who’s always been interested in getting inside the head of the serial killers, having a clue or two about their motives, pasts and/or whatever that drives them, reading the blurb was enough to get me excited about this. I don’t even know what kind of storytelling I was expecting, but this truly satisfied me to say the least.
Walking through the life of the Four Monkey Killer step by step, witnessing the team of police officers racing against time to save the killer’s latest victim was, though it’ll be a bit twisted to say so, a wonderful and exciting reading experience.
Whatever it is you’re a fan of when it comes to crime fiction, I bet this book will be up your corner. I never would’ve expected to find myself saying this about a book that revolves around a killer and the police, but this one gave me the shivers. Now that I never expected. I felt some kind of horror all the way down to my bones, one that’s not about the monsters under your bed but the ones that lurk in your mind.
I’m adding five big spoonfuls of this story into my hodgepodge and stepping out for a while to make myself a soothing cup of coffee accompanied with perhaps a sugary treat, heavy on the chocolate.
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