Tuesday, 27 June 2017

The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker blog tour & giveaway

I'm thrilled to be joining The Fourth Monkey blog tour today. As part of the blog tour I am also hosting a giveaway. Check out my Twitter page, where I have three copies of the book to giveaway.


Brilliant. Complicated. Psychopath.

That's the Four Monkey Killer or '4MK.' A murderer with a twisted vision and absolutely no mercy.

Detective Sam Porter has hunted him for five long years, the recipient of box after box of grisly trinkets carved from the bodies of 4MK's victims.

But now Porter has learnt the killer's twisted history and is racing to do the seemingly impossible - find 4MK's latest victim before it's too late...


I was lucky enough to read an early copy of The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker. I tend not to read too much American crime; I do read a lot of British detective series, however. But The Fourth Monkey may have just changed that. The Fourth Monkey is terrifying, creepy and surprisingly funny in places, a real corker of a read and one that I highly recommend to thriller fans.

The police in Chicago are hunting a dangerous criminal who has been killing people for a decade and has so far evaded justice. And now they may have had a breakthrough, I don't want to say too much about what happens from this point as I don't want to spoil it for readers but what follows is a tense, gripping read that will keep you reading well into the night.

The serial killer in this book is very twisted and there are some gruesome scenes, it isn't for the faint hearted, particularly if you don't like rats. I also thought that some of the ideas in this book were very original, I really liked the fact that there was a lot of dialogue, particularly in the scenes featuring the detectives working on the case as this added a lot of insight into their character. I also really liked the diary extracts and the voice the author gave the Four Monkey killer felt very authentic, the author drew me into his murky world.

This is the first novel by J.D. Barker which I have read and I will definitely more from him in the future. The writing is pacy and it didn't take me long to finish. The final scenes in this novel are explosive and I felt that it came to a satisfying conclusion. I'm sure that a lot of people will be talking about this book over the summer. Thank you to Lucy Richardson at Harper Collins and Netgalley for providing me with a copy to read.

Publisher: HQ

Publication date: 27th June 2017

Print length: 480 pages



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