It has been a long time since I read a gritty serial killer novel. The last series I recommended was the Smoky Barrett series starting with Shadow Man by Cody McFadyen. I had heard The Fourth Monkey was good, so I was excited to read it. And I was pleased to find that it was fantastic!
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We are first presented with the 4MK killer by finding his signature white box tied with black string. Inside is either his victim’s ear, eyeballs, or tongue. He follows the “Hear no Evil, See no Evil, Speak no Evil” mantra. You’ll have to read the book to find out why it’s called The Fourth Monkey. And the Chicago detectives searching for him assume he’s a vigilante killer.
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What I loved so much about this book and made it so readable was that interspersed throughout the search is the killer’s diary. It starts with him as a young boy and takes us through a creepy period in his life to give us a glimpse as to why he does what he does. I found the diary to be as page turning as the rest of the book! I couldn’t wait to get back to the back story to read more.
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If you are a fan of Dexter (the books or television series), You and Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes or James Patterson, this book is a must read. With an open ending, I sure hope J.D. Barker adds another to this series. I’d love to find out what trouble these characters find themselves in next. My thanks to Maxine Groves and HMH for a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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