Throwback Thursday : The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker

Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme originally created by Renee at It’s Book Talk. It’s designed as an opportunity to share old favourites as well as books that we’ve finally got around to reading that were published over a year ago.


Author : J.D. Barker
Title : The Fourth Monkey
Pages : 416
Publisher : Mariner Books
Publication date : June 27, 2017


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.


I actually read The Fourth Monkey back in January after succumbing to some blogger peer pressure but never got around to reviewing it. I was soon kicking myself for not picking this one up sooner because it’s a serial killer story at its best.

The Fourth Monkey is utterly gripping from the very beginning. With a tense game of cat and mouse and a fast-paced race to catch the killer and attempt to save his latest target, I dare you not go get completely hooked. There were incredibly harrowing chapters taken from a diary and curveballs that left me spinning

This first instalment in the 4MK Thriller series is intense, suspenseful and immensely exciting! I’ve been rather impatiently awaiting the second book but it’s almost here. So if you haven’t yet read this one, now is your chance to do so before The Fifth To Die is published in July.

The Fourth Monkey is available to buy!

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  7 comments for “Throwback Thursday : The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker

  1. June 28, 2018 at 11:05 am

    I loved this novel and I received an ecopy of Fifth to Die like 5 minutes ago :-). After hearing Stephanie tell me that it’s just as good, I am even more excited to read it (if that’s even possible).

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  2. June 28, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    Such a great book.👍 Made me realise that I like thrillers.😂

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    • June 28, 2018 at 1:05 pm

      I love that it’s this one that drew you in so hard! It’s everything a serial killer thriller should be.

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  3. June 28, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    I really need to read this and loved your review! I have the second one here, eek!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. June 28, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    Ooo, sounds good!
    Cover is super creepy, love it! 😀


  5. Yvo
    June 28, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    Excellent pick! Psst the sequel is just as good as the first book, and the cliffhanger ending will be painful but absolutely worth it. Enjoy! xx


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