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Book Review: Thriller

Posted on Jun 19, 2017 |

The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker


Thriller > Suspense

In The Fourth Monkey, Detective Sam Porter gets a call one morning that the serial killer he has been chasing for five years has been killed by a bus. The other detectives think it’s him because he’s carrying one of the signature things that have dubbed him The Four Monkey Killer.

Though this is mostly an excellent book, I had a few issues.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE: The story is told from multiple perspectives, which I do like—it helped build the tension—but I genuinely could have done without the point of view of the kidnapped teenage girl. That was grueling. Unless you also want to feel like you’re being tortured and about to die, or you’re better than I am in not getting into character’s point of view, it could have been toned down. Also, until I looked J.D. Barker up online, I assumed he must be a much older man, because all of the major players were men. There was one female detective, but ALL the other cops, medical examiners, and IT folk were men. It was just strange to me. Last, and this is really a nitpicky thing, the author uses the word “rather” way too often. Either the cat is large or it isn’t. Please decide.

I did really enjoy this detective/thriller/suspense story. The last fourth of the novel was particularly fast-paced and well done, which is always fun. This is a well-written book by an author who is one to watch.

Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book.


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