I’m absolutely thrilled today to be on the blog tour and share my review of The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker, published by Harlequin UK. A huge thanks goes to Maxine Groves of Booklover Catlady Publicity.
Publication Date – 27th June 2017 and available to pre-order here.
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, unravelling 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.
I’d seen quite a lot of hype over on social media for The Fourth Monkey so I was really eager to get stuck in and start reading and oh my goodness, what a blooming cracker of a story this is.
We are introduced to Detective Sam Porter who has been chasing the four monkey killer aka 4mk for over 5 years. Porter has been on leave but has been called back in to an apparent suicide, a bit baffled as to why he’s there, all becomes clear when a box is found at the scene containing an ear. It’s then a race against time to find out who the ear belongs to and hopefully find the victim before it’s too late.
I’m not going to go into the plot too much in this review as it would be too easy to give away spoilers. It’s unique and the narrative is just brilliant though. Told from Porters point of view, a victims and also 4mk’s diary which gave me the shivers, this really is an outstanding read. Alternating between the 3, the diary parts are the ones that really stand out for me, I was mesmerised reading these.
J.D. Barker has really written an outstanding story in The Fourth Monkey. It’s full of shocks, twists, turns and really is devilishly clever. It’s been compared to Se7en and The Silence of the Lambs and I think I’d have to agree, this has a serial killer that wont be forgotten in a hurry and with scenes that take your breath away, give you chills and most probably quite a few nightmares I think this book is going to be huge.
This is one of those books that once you start you just can’t stop and every opportunity I got I was reading. I really can’t recommend this book enough, I just absolutely loved it.