Review: The Fifth to Die by JD Barker

July 10, 2018

In the thrilling sequel to The Fourth Monkey, a new serial killer stalks the streets of Chicago, while Detective Porter delves deeper into the dark past of the Four Monkey Killer.


A 4MK Thriller


Detective Porter and the team have been pulled from the hunt for Anson Bishop, the Four Monkey Killer, by the feds. When the body of a young girl is found beneath the frozen waters of Jackson Park Lagoon, she is quickly identified as Ella Reynolds, missing three weeks. But how did she get there? The lagoon froze months earlier. More baffling? She’s found wearing the clothes of another girl, missing less than two days. While the detectives of Chicago Metro try to make sense of the quickly developing case, Porter secretly continues his pursuit of 4MK, knowing the best way to find Bishop is to track down his mother. When the captain finds out about Porter’s activities, he’s suspended, leaving his partners Clair and Nash to continue the search for the new killer alone.
Obsessed with catching Bishop, Porter follows a single grainy photograph from Chicago to the streets of New Orleans and stumbles into a world darker than he could have possibly imagined, where he quickly realizes that the only place more frightening than the mind of a serial killer is the mind of the mother from which he came.


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***** Five Star Review *****


After reading The Four Monkeys, I wasn't sure where Barker was going to take me. I definitely did not foresee him outshining the book with it's follow-up, that is for sure. But he sure did. This book had me hooked. I was turning the pages with so much anticipation and excitement. I couldn't devour it fast enough.


Barker is very talented in telling a riveting and twisted story like very few can. The bombs he throws on you come from all angles. You won't even see many of them coming... maybe none of them. I was left reeling, eyes wide open numerous times in this book. I was left in awe of his talent. (A maybe a lot needy for the next book... There most definitely has to be another book.)


I will warn you, you will be left giddy, yet your jaw will be on the ground by the end of this book. Barker holds nothing back giving you more of this twisted story of Porter and Bishop. The puzzle pieces that connect only seem to leave more holes the further into the book you go. And then that ending. I promise you will be left cursing and applauding Barker at the same time.  


Hands down... this is my favorite book of the year. Actually, my favorite series of the year. This is one series (and book) that will not leave my mind. It's so sick, twisted, genius, and thrilling, I can't seem to shake it. I promise, this series is worth every single penny!




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