The 4th Monkey by J.D. Barker

Review published on June 24, 2017.

“A thief, a tease, a murderer and a kidnapper.” And that is exactly what our bad guy is, through and through.

It’s been a while since I have read a book so enthralling and fast paced that I have read it in one sitting, but to give the heads up, it is very hard to put this book down.

Sam Porter a 58-year-old cop. He receives a text from his partner Nash about an accident, a somewhat unusual request given that he works in homicide. His partner Heather has left a note ‘Gone to get Milk’ but has not returned.

A man has jumped in front of a bus, upon him is a small parcel – a white box with black string addressed to a house across the road. A box just like the other seven victims had, which contained via three boxes, an ear, an eye and a tongue. That makes 21 boxes over five years. And the serial killer has remained at large. Porter can’t help but question, could this be the fellow mowed down by a bus??

Our serial killer calls himself the 4th Monkey (4MK). He has left a diary to give Porter an insight into how he was brought up to become a serial killer. The diary is absolutely fascinating and makes you feel like you have connected with someone as real as any serial killer, albeit as a teaser you have to be mindful some of it could well be fabricated/embellished. From the outside, the family could have looked normal and happy, but actually they were homicidally deranged. There are a number of threads within the book the follow: Nash’s partner, the case he is following, the making of the 4MK murderer and all the drama that this backstop entails. The book has a no holds barred, graphic approach, so its not for the nervous. It’s exceptionally well crafted. The characters are bold and extremely memorable, the pace rapid and immersive. It is a real dark page turner, but one that retains a sense of twisted fun; one to devour.

Sara Garland 5/3

The 4th Monkey by J.D. Barker
HQ 9780008216993 hbk Jun 2017

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