I am back with another Book Club Book Review! This month, we read The Fourth Monkey by J. D. Barker. I’d never read anything by this author, before; so, this was a first for me. We wanted to read a thriller, this month, seeing as it is October – the time for thrills and horror. So, this is the book that we chose.
Se7en meets The Silence Of The Lambs in this dark and twisting novel from the author Jeffery Deaver called, “A talented writer with a delightfully devious mind.”
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, unravelling 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.
When I read the synopsis for The Fourth Monkey, my initial reaction was that I’d love to watch it, rather than read it. I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about this book, wasn’t even sure I would be able to finish it.
However, I did finish it, and I know exactly how I feel! The Fourth Monkey is gripping, thrilling, greatly disturbing, and at some points, made me want to throw up. And, I loved every single page of it!
The Fourth Monkey is very well written, and it’s in short chapters, which I love. However, it is written in such a way that each chapter is read from the viewpoint of a different character in the book. Most of the chapters switch between Detective Sam Porter and the diary of our serial killer/assumed homicide victim – the Four Monkey Killer (4MK) – from when he was a child. We also read from the viewpoints of 4MK’s latest victim – Emory – and one of the other detectives working with Sam (Clair). I think that this is a clever way of writing a story like this; it definitely adds another dimension. The twists and turns in this book will leave you shocked, gobsmacked, occasionally disgusted, and often wondering how you hadn’t seen them coming.
I loved this book, and for that reason, I’m so excited to pick up the second book in the series, and continue to follow Detective Sam Porter’s story.
I’d highly recommend this book. I give it 5/5 stars.