THE FOURTH MONKEY BY J.D.BARKER

The Fourth Monkey

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.

This book was troubling,terrifying, and just horrific. And I highly recommend it!  As I was looking over the Library Journal some time ago I saw this and immediately thought of the movie Seven. I knew I had to get my hands on it! I was trying so hard not to read it though as I had several others that were due before this one. But then I read a review by fellow blogger Shalini and I had to bump it up!

Sam Porter receives a text from another detective on his team telling him he needs to get to a crime scene now. When he arrives, he finds a man who apparently jumped in front of a bus, killing him instantly. When they check his pockets they find a diary and a few seemingly random things, change, receipts and a box. A white box tied in black string, and the team believes they have finally found the 4MK killer. Now they must find a missing girl before she becomes his final victim.

Sam feels that the answers they need are in the diary somewhere, if he can believe what the killer has written.  This killer is all about games. Leaving clues that come together in the end. Or is it the end? Is this guy really the 4MK?

It really is hard not to give anything away with this review. There really were a couple of stories inside the main one and there wasn’t a moment that didn’t have me saying What??  Because just when you think you have it figured out…you do not.

Fans of the movie Seven will love this book. It really is horribly good! It has already been optioned for film/television.

Well done, Mr. Barker, well done!  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (June 27, 2017) through Netgalley.

 

 

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9 thoughts on “THE FOURTH MONKEY BY J.D.BARKER

  1. Based on the title, I was expecting to have my mind changed about wanting a monkey butler; however, this review makes it sound like the kind of book that would keep me awake at night with a very insidious, quiet discomfort…

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