Book Review: The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker

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Blurb (as on Goodreads):

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.

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A psychological thriller/murder mystery that will let your mind travel through a dark, gory, creepy and extremely disturbing path, before landing the final blow. As they say, ‘The Devil is in the Details’, The Fourth Monkey creates two distinctive parallel worlds before converging them into one scary story.

The 4MK killer is into killing his victims and sending body parts to their respective homes, well, mostly an ear, an eye, and the tongue. The reason for such violence lies deep in his childhood, and he has a diary, which lands into the hands of our investigator (all planned). As the investigating officer investigated a newly found ear, he tries to search for the killer’s identification and his past in his diary. But the details in the diary are one’s worst nightmare.

The pace of the book is quite slow and there a multiple details that need to be kept in mind. Since, its a series, don’t try to find all the answers here. The book feels incomplete but I am sure the author will provide all the answers along the way. The writing also gets boring sometimes, but one just needs to pull through because every piece of evidence is eventually linked.

I enjoyed the book thoroughly, even though it was slow. The plot has been written differently, the characters are layered, providing no indication of their motives whatsoever. I also loved the mystery and the final identification of the killer- I can never guess it right 😛 Looking forward to the next book in the series because I need closure 😛

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Purchase Links:                           |Amazon Paperback|

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**Huge thanks to the author for sending me a review copy. All opinions are my own**

One thought on “Book Review: The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker

  1. I love thrillers and mysteries and admittedly don’t read them nearly enough. But this one sounds epic – especially since it really does a good job of including details. The slow pace is a bit of a bummer for me but it’s okay because it’s the start of a series.

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