Group Read Review – The Fourth Monkey by J.D Barker


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.


My Review:
5 out of 5 stars

I finished this book quickly because I just couldn’t put it down. This is by far THE most disturbing and disgusting book I’ve ever read in my life. I loved this book though. It was a really interesting feeling to be both disgusted and fascinated at the same time. Twisted doesn’t even begin to cover some of the characters in this book.

There were parts of the book that I cringed through, but I chugged along. JD Barker has an amazing ability to create a visual with the reader. I was able to perfectly picture everything that was being described in this book, which made for a very disturbing read. The suspense will grip you and hold onto you until the very last page. There were so many shocking twists and turns throughout this book that my head was practically left spinning when it was all over.

I think the diary chapters proved to be the most shocking, where we get to be inside the head of the 4MK (Four Monkey Killer). They were also the most interesting. Getting to see how the 4MK started out, what his life was like, what he went through as a child, and seeing him through to adulthood was an interesting journey.

My heart was racing as tensions built in the story as I was approaching the ending. It didn’t turn out like I thought it would at all. This book kept me guessing and wondering the entire time. I can’t wait to start reading the next book!

*I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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4 thoughts on “Group Read Review – The Fourth Monkey by J.D Barker

  1. J.D Barker I very good at telling disturbing yet real stories. Though they seem shocking and disgusting, they often peer into the minds of very sick people. The background information sets the stage for that character so the reader can understand the psychological aspects of the killer. I do so love his works.

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    1. Very well said, thank you. I agree he is an amazing storyteller. This book was quite a bit darker than I’m used to reading and was a little out of my comfort zone, but I loved it anyway and am looking forward to reading Fifth to Die.


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