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The Fourth Monkey

(4MK Thriller #1)

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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.
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Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published June 27th 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Maureen
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I've found it particularly difficult to write a review for this one. Whenever I tried to transfer my thoughts to paper ( ok ipad ) I found that ( in my excitement) I seemed to be giving away some small detail that would possibly spoil it for other readers. The shock and horror that I personally felt whilst reading this story, would have little value for others if they knew what they were about to read.

Unusually, the story begins with the death of the man known as The Fourth Monkey Killer, a kill
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Emily May
After finishing this book, I rated it three stars. I had just browsed the glowing reviews of fellow GR members and fell pray to the idea that I should like the book more than I did. But the more I thought about it, the less comfortable I felt with my rating. I just didn't think this book was very good.

It was kind of like reading Since We Fell all over again. Not only are both books bogged down by tedious (albeit, in this case, gory) backstory, but they also contain frankly ludicrous plot develop
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Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
I just loved this book. It was so terrifying and horrifying. Wow, this book is dark and creepy in the most wonderful of ways. It was just fantastic. I have been waiting for this book for quite awhile. It was also so demented, disturbing and gory. J.D. Barker is vivid in his descriptions. For example, at one point I was reading a scene that involved a rat and could picture everything clearly in my mind. The author really knows how to get into your head. I hate rats. They are so disgusting.
I loved
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Omg!



Okay, there were some things I didn't like but overall, I loved it! I was not expecting the awesomeness and totally psychoticness of the killers up bringing!



I didn't really give a rats ass about the police stuff. Half of their stuff was stupid anyway. But the killers DIARY had me glued!! Reading about his life as a young boy and his whackadoo family. It was diabolical!

Anyhoo, it was awesome and I'm glad I read it!

Happy Reading!

Mel 🖤🐾🐺

Meredith
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
4.5 stars

This has to be one of the most sick and twisted books I have ever read...I LOVED every moment!


I’m going to keep this short because I don’t want to give anything away. A cat and mouse game ensues between a detective and serial killer when the killer gifts the detective with his diary, which tells the story of his extremely disturbing childhood. The voice of the serial killer jumps off the page and lures the reader into his deranged world.

The Fourth Monkey moves at a fast pace. There's
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Christina - Traveling Sister
5, WHATS IN THE BOXXXXXX stars!!!!

Full review, along with a recipe for Slow Cooker Korean Beef Stew featured on my blog Recipe & a Read.

As the great Philosopher Gweneth Stefanious once said: This shit, is bananas.

Ok, ok, in all seriousness - we're coming to you live from Queasy City with our newly elected mayor The Fourth Monkey! Set in the small midwestern fishing village known to some as Chi-City (aka Chicago, Illinois) we enter our story with one Detective Sam Porter - head of the 4MK t
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Kaceey - Traveling Sister
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
All I can say is...WOW!

Inside the depraved mind of a serial killer. The cold, chilling evil.

So what is it about serial killer books? Curious, human nature I suppose. This is my third one this month, and by far the most disturbing. Normally I avoid these but they seem to be “creeping” into my library. Each one getting darker and more sinister. And I’m so glad I picked this one up. Everything you’ve heard about this book is true...it's just that good!

The fourth monkey represents “Do No Evil.” Disp
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Paromjit
This is a horrific serial killer thriller that will have you reading non stop till the end with its gripping narrative. Sam Porter is a Chicago detective dealing with a personal trauma that has him on leave. Then he gets a call from his partner, Brian Nash, to get himself pronto to a traffic death. For five years, Sam has been trying to get the Fourth Monkey serial killer, who sends three white boxes consecutively, containing the ear, the eyes and tongue of the victim alluding to the three monke ...more
Norma * Traveling Sister
All I can say is WOW! and thank you so much to my dear friend, Kaceey for encouraging me to read this book! You only told me I don’t know how many times that I needed to read this book and now I know exactly why!!! 5 Thrilling Stars!

THE FOURTH MONKEY (A 4MK Thriller, #1) by J.D. BARKER is a dark, thrilling, chilling, creepy, and suspenseful mystery/thriller/police procedural novel that was a captivating, gripping, and fast-paced read that was extremely hard to put down. I absolutely loved this o
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Julie
The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker is a 2017 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt publication.
Spectacular!! J.D Barker has breathed new life into the tired- should have been retired- serial killer trope.

Chicago has been traumatized by the Four Monkey serial killer for the last five years. But, when a man dies in an accident, law enforcement officials are positive he’s the 4MK killer. An unusual way to begin the story, for sure.

But, the kicker is that his latest victim is still alive out there somewhere.
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Lou
I absolutely loved this! Deliciously depraved & darkly deviant. A chilling serial killer, a novel so creepy & horrifying from the outset, from an exciting relatively unheard of author. Fabulously disturbing and the sickest thing I have ever read. If these statements don't pique your interest, nothing will!

The Fourth Monkey is one of the most anticipated thrillers of 2017, not only is there this book but the TV & movie rights have also been purchased so somebody must've thought this w
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
For me this is going to be a book hangover kind of book. What do I read next that will hold my attention as much as this one did?

(I'm trying not to spoil anything in the book so my review is vague..like my mind.)

You should all know that little saying with the monkeys..see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil?


The four monkey killer takes that to extremes. He has four little monkeys by adding in 'do no evil'...those monkeys are evil little henchmen. Just saying.

Detective Sam Porter (who is friggi
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Rose (Traveling Sister)
The Fourth Monkey loses a star for me because it was so deeply disturbing that I literally had to skip dinner tonight as I read it. That's not actually why it isn't 5 stars, but I honestly don't know if I can bring myself to eat.

Sam Porter and his fellow Chicago PD detectives have been chasing the Four Monkey Killer for years. He's already claimed the lives of (at least) seven young women, and his modus operandi is a doozy. He delivers packages with his victims' various body parts, alluding to t
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Sue
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THE FOUTH MONKEY (4MK) by talented author J.D. Barker is a dark and twisting novel; a combination of Se7en meets The Silence of the Lambs. Psychological thrillers are my favourite genre so was very much looking forward to reading it. As I started to read it, I was transported to a time when I watched my favourite movie, Se7en. I was drawn and hooked to this book, and had work not got in the way, I would have finished it earlier.

I would describe The Fourth Monkey as very graphic in parts and not
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Maxine (Booklover Catlady)

Absolutely freaking brilliant! I didn't want this book to end but what a fantastic finish! This is going to be THE crime thriller of 2017. This is already in my list of Top 17 Books of 2017, skipping the long list and the short list.

I'm a huge fan of J.D. Barker, he's an exceptionally talented writer and this book has been given some great kudos from top authors and reviewers for a good reason - it's really bloody good! Unputdownable good. There is quite simply nothing not to like. I

It's just fr
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Susanne Strong
4.5 Stars* (rounded up)

Well, THAT was CREEPY. Hard to shake off even. And yet, I kept reading. And so will you.

"The Fourth Monkey" Killer or 4MK, as he is coined, is a serial killer. Detectives Porter and Nash have been hunting him for a while. 4MK however, has other plans. But then serial killers always do, don’t they?

On the streets of New York City, a body throws itself in front of a bus, leaving a package and a diary behind. The package bears the killer’s signature and instantly NYC Detectiv
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Matt
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
In this captivating series debut, J. D. Barker pulls the reader into the depths of a serial killer’s mind and how a spark in youth can erupt into a wildfire of indifference. Chicago Homicide Detective Sam Porter has been working to capture the Four Monkey Killer for over five years, watching as the victim count mounts with minimal clues, saving the severed pieces sent in boxes. When called to the scene of an early morning pedestrian-vehicle accident, Porter is baffled as to why he would be invol ...more
Mackey
WOW WOW JUST WOW! Seriously, I rarely, almost never giver thrillers a 5 star rating but WOW! This a book like no other, like one I haven't read in years! It has the same components as most: a serial killer, a team of cops, clues, and gore - if you cannot handle gore then stop now because this book has it in buckets! What makes this book different is the humanity of each of these components.

In two most intriguing methods, a diary and a twist, you truly get to know the killer in a way we haven't
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Carol
4+ Stars.

Excellent Finale......hehehe.

Ok, try to puzzle this one out. The whole story encompasses only three days, but so much happens when a disturbed serial killer returns after ten years silent to unleash his evil on the innocent.....to punish the corrupt.

Detective Samuel Porter of Chicago Metro is on leave due to a horrific tragedy in his family, but is called nonetheless to again lead the chase when THE FOURTH MONKEY KILLER makes his presence known by way of his trademark little boxes fil

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Svetlana
I finished this book with a dropped jaw and wow, it was just excellent.

The Fourth Monkey was certainly a dark, twisted and disturbing read and I absolutely loved this book. I was honestly so impressed by how clever the plot was, and the brilliant writing style had me completely immersed in the story.

Barker really knows how to write fleshed out characters; some were really likeable whilst others were quite detestable. The killer’s diary really drew me into his mind and gave me an insight on the
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Jan
May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a ride this was!

I was hooked from the start and with each turn of the page became more and more obsessed. I could NOT put this down!

Top 5 things I loved:
1) The Diary chapters-amazingly creepy and disturbing, but captivating at the same time. I love when an author allows the reader to go inside the life and mind of a psychopath.
2) Detective Sam Porter's character. He's smart, vulnerable and funny. The sarcasm playing between him and Nash helped balance out some of the disturbing violence.
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Liz
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Well, this is a weird one! First off, it starts with the death of the suspected serial killer. The detectives find a diary on his body. And it’s the diary that really provides a wild story. It details an event in his boyhood that explains why he is the way he is. Can we say sick? I’m talking a seriously whack job family.

This grabbed my interest from the get go. It’s a very fast paced story. The story bounces back and forth between the police trying to find the identity of the killer and the loc
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Ginger
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Fantastic!
I now see why this was one of the contenders for best Mystery/Thriller for the year!

I tried to go into this book with low expectations. I saw it everywhere last year and it’s my preferred genre. I just love suspense and police thrillers.

Well, I was not disappointed. I loved this book, the characters and the overall mystery of who the 4MK killer was. I don't want to say more about the killer due to spoilers or even give readers a hint. I think the less you know about the plot and charac
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Sue
THE FOUTH MONKEY (4MK) by talented author J.D. Barker is a dark and twisting novel; a combination of Se7en meets The Silence of the Lambs. Psychological thrillers are my favourite genre so was very much looking forward to reading it. As I started to read it, I was transported to a time when I watched my favourite movie, Se7en. I was drawn and hooked to this book, and had work not got in the way, I would have finished it earlier.

I would describe The Fourth Monkey as very graphic in parts and not
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Debra
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The long and short of this is: A serial killer has been terrorizing Chicago for over five years. The serial killer has become known as the Fourth Monkey (See No evil, Speak No evil - you get the picture). Then one night, his body is found. Police on the scene believe that he was on his way to deliver a message about a victim - who may very well be still alive. Detective Sam Porter has been the detective on the case. He has his own demons and many question if it is too soon for him to be diving i ...more
Jennifer
“There is a fourth monkey, but nobody really knows about him,” I explained. Father nodded. “The first three monkeys define the rules we should all live by, but it’s the fourth that carries the most importance.” “Shizaru,” I said. “His name is Shizaru.” “He stands for do no evil,” Father said. “And that, of course, is the rub. Should someone see or hear evil, there is little one can do. When someone speaks evil, there is fault to be had, but when they do evil . . . well, when they do evil there
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Luffy
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I must admit that this book is slightly derivative. There's only certain ways to write a gruesome story. But even if many authors are doing it, it's still a difficult job. Like Barcelona winning the treble.

Sam Porter is deliberately a common down-to-earth name. He is no Holmes or Poirot, but he has an eye for detail and a knack for connecting ideas. He also thrives under pressure. Sam is a working class hero in spirit.

The violent acts here are celebrated, and who can argue with the readership th
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Krystin Rachel (Here's The Fucking Twist)
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Update - 2017.07.31
I mean....bitch, please...



This was exactly what I needed this year. Are you effing kidding me? It's SO GOOD.

Favourite movies: Se7en and The Silence of the Lambs. This book? A perfect lovechild of those two things but without being too much like those comparisons. You know what I mean?

It's new. It's different. But familiar and satisfying.

It's bloody and twisted and gory and clever and fun.

Serial killer fiction is a dime a dozen, so when something come
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Liz Barnsley
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this. It is so beautifully twisted that I don’t even have a word for it. I banged through it, unable to look away, often freaking out slightly, J D Barker writes with such visceral reality that you just fall into it stuck between horrified and fascinated.

So it is a serial killer thriller, which is an actual thriller, whilst being clever and manipulative enough to keep you guessing and with some characters of great depth and perception. I loved Sam Porter and his back story drip fed to us
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Linda Strong
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There's a new serial killer in town and he is a doozie! Chicago is used to seeing dark things ..but no one has seen the likes of this killer.

It all starts with the death of a man .... who was carrying a box with an ear to be delivered to a businessman. He jumps in front of a bus and is instantly killed.

Is this the 4MK killer that Detective Porter has been hunting for the past few years?

This is one of those books I just could not put down for more than a couple of minutes without picking it up ag
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J.D. BARKER is the internationally best-selling author of Forsaken, a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel, and winner of the New Apple Medalist Award. His work has been compared to Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Thomas Harris. His 4MK Thrillers, The Fourth Monkey and The Fifth to Die, were released in June 2017 and June 2018 respectively. He has been asked ...more

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