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The Sixth Wicked Child

(4MK Thriller #3)

4.60  ·  Rating details ·  437 ratings  ·  153 reviews
In the riveting conclusion of the 4MK trilogy, Barker takes the thriller to an entirely new level. Don't miss a single word of the series James Patterson called "ingenious."

Hear No Evil

For Detective Sam Porter, the words “Father, forgive me” conjure memories long forgotten; a past intentionally buried. For Anson Bishop, these three words connect a childhood to the pres
Kindle Edition, 626 pages
Published August 27th 2019 by Hampton Creek Press
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Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
4.5 stars

"...everything is normal when you don't know any better." Isn't that the truth!

First and foremost, if you have not read the previous books in this series, do not attempt this one. I mean this in the best possible way. You seriously do not want to miss a thing. The other two books set this book up perfectly plus you will be missing a mountain of back story (plus two really great books). Whew, is all I can say after finishing this one. When it comes to this book, forget what you know, wha
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I never realised that JD Barker was writing a 4MK trilogy based around a prolific master serial killer, Ansen Bishop, and that this is the final rip roaring finale to this series. On balance, I think that is a good decision, after reading the second book I felt that the premise driving this series was beginning to reach its limits. This is a thrilling firecracker of a conclusion, pulse pounding, a nervously biting fingernails affair, twisted in every which way and then some, with red herrings ga ...more
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Question Everything

The Sixth Wicked Child is the final book of the 4MK trilogy.

My reading Experience:
The first word that comes to mind when thinking about this book is long-winded. It is way too long and could have been cut down significantly. For the first half of the book, I felt like I was being strung along just to drag things out. I was getting quite frustrated and had to force myself to continue reading. I loved the first two books in this series, so there was no way I was going to giv
BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)
An Explosive and Fitting End to the 4MK Trilogy!

First, let me start off by saying that this book was lengthy and at times I certainly felt it BUT I am so glad I stuck with it - in the end it was worth the time I dedicated to not only this book but the whole trilogy.

Suspense builds and tension is at an all time high as we are forced to question what we know and what we think we know about ALL the key players in this series. Barker masterfully connects dots here that were put into play beginning
DNF 57%

You guys I can't finish it.

It's so friggin long and, in this case, bigger isn't better. Easily 200 pages could have been shaved off this book.

What sucks is that I LOVE THE STORY and am so curious as to how it's all going to play out but not enough to continue.

I've struggled with this series from book one and it's the same issue with every book. There a way too many storylines going on and it really detracts from my ability to become invested in the characters.

There's no sense of tension
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, J.D. Barker, and Hampton Creek Press for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.

As the riveting 4MK trilogy comes to an end, J.D. Barker offers the most explosive novel to date. Chilling in its delivery and full of unexpected twists, fans of the series should brace themselves as all the pieces finally come together. As the 4MK cases continues to gain momentum, the obvious suspect rem
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: Tray didn't see her at first, the girl kneeling at the water's edge, facing away. Long, blonde hair trailing down her back. She looked like one of the statues, unmoving, facing the pond like that. Her skin was so pale, nearly white, almost as colourless as her white dress. She wore no shoes on her bare feet, no coat, only the white dress made of a material so thin it was nearly translucent. Her hands were clasped together near her breasts as if lost in prayer, her head tilted to one sid ...more
This truly is a riveting, explosive ending to the 4MK trilogy! Just as with the first two books, it's tightly plotted and the tension never lets up. You definitely need to read the trilogy from the beginning as this book plunges straight into the action. If it's been a while since you read the last episode you may even want to go back and refresh your memory by rereading the last couple of chapters of book two, as I had to.

J.D. Barker has written an addictive and masterful thriller, weaving man
Alan Cotterell
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to J.D. Barker, Hampton Creek Press and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

First, I must advise you that you really need to read the first 2 books before you attempt to read this. As there is one hell of a back story (and they are both extremely good books), and they set this one up brilliantly. However, although you really need to read first 2 before this one, this is Mr Barkers journey and he is the one doing the driving. You may not be
This is one thriller that will blow your mind. Barker has gifted us the thrilling conclusion to the MK3 trilogy and he pulls no punches with this one. Note that it is a trilogy and there is a learning curve at the beginning to catch up with what has gone on before and all the characters. Even if you read the first two books, you may not remember all the details, particularly if you didn't make cliff notes, particularly of the ending of book two. However, you would be urged to push on because the ...more
Theresa Alan
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the final book in a trilogy that I enjoyed. My understanding is that it’s going to be made into a movie for the big screen and a mini-series for the little one. Barker is adept at having just about every chapter of the series be a mini cliffhanger. He changes the points of view from chapter to chapter, so either a cop or the serial killer will be in a perilous situation and you might have to wait a few chapters to pick up on that thread, which keeps up the suspense.

In this book, I didn’t
Stephanie (Stephanie's Novel Fiction)
I loved The Fourth Monkey and The Fifth To Die and have been anxiously awaiting the conclusion to the 4MK trilogy especially after the shocking cliffhanger in the last book. All I can say is as soon as I started The Sixth Wicked Child, I couldn't put it down. This is one of my favorite, and one of the best, serial killer/crime series around, by far.

J.D. Barker has given us a serial killer suspect quite unlike any other: Anton Bishop is intelligent, gifted, always one step ahead of the police,
Alan Cotterell
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019, arc
Thank you to J.D. Barker, Hampton Creek Press and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

First, I must advise you that you really need to read the first 2 books before you attempt to read this. As there is one hell of a back story (and they are both extremely good books), and they set this one up brilliantly. However, although you really need to read first 2 before this one, this is Mr Barkers journey and he is the one doing the driving. You may not be
Aug 30, 2019 added it
Shelves: dnf
Going to be a dnf for this book. As much as I loved the others in this series, I just could not get into this one as it seemed convoluted and too long winded. Right now, I don't have the patience to continue but maybe someday perhaps, I will resume reading it, as I would love to find out how this all turns out.
Malina Skrobosinski
If I could give this 500 stars I would!

You know that feeling when you've just gotten off an exhilarating rollercoaster ride, and you look over at the person you shared it with, and you immediately start gushing about the twists and turns, the unexpected, and your favorite parts? Well that was me... I was so excited when I finished this book. Immediately I was searching for someone to discuss it with, over here like... "Ohhh... Oh my Gosh! I just can't... Did that just happen?" My poor husband,
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again J.D. Barker shows the amateurs how it's done in the third and final instalment of the epic, gripping 4MK series. Can this book be read as a standalone? I would suggest no as this is effectively one story divided between three books and each follows on from the last so should be read in order; they are also so astonishingly good that they are worth your time. The Sixth Wicked Child begins with a bang and the punch it packs continues for its entirety.

Whilst there are a large number of c
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"You can't play God without being acquainted with the devil."

5 stars are not enough!

I am speechless! I am dazed! I am overwhelmed! I need to lie down! I need to reset my brain and massage my eyes!

What a fantastic, tantalizing and devastating journey I had.

From the beginning to the end reading this trilogy has been like riding a treacherous roller coaster, blindfolded!
You know it is dangerous, you are aware of the risks; you don’t know when all the ups and downs are and where all the twists wou
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you haven't read any books in this series, do not attempt to read this one as your start. You will be confused and totally not understand what's going on. Better to get all three books and read them one after the other from the beginning.

If you have read the first two books, you'll still be confused, at first, but that works itself out.

I gave the first two books 4 stars, and because this is the finale, I'm giving it 5 to sort of cover the entire series. It really is a deep, dark story from th
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Without a doubt, The Fourth Monkey trilogy is one of the best series I’ve ever read, let alone a serial killer one! With The Sixth Wicked Child coming in at over 600 pages as the final installment in the 4MK books, you might think the story of Sam Porter, Anson Bishop & co had no more steam left in the tank - and you’d be sorely mistaken.

JD Barker is an absolute master of suspense with a unique ability to light up all the goosebumps in my body, make me question everything I thought I knew a
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*4.5 stars rounded up. Buckle up for the exciting conclusion of the 4MK trilogy! If you are new to the series, I would recommend reading them all back-to-back. I read the first two books in that manner back in July of 2018 and then had to wait for over a year before this final book became available. The plot is complicated and I found I had a little trouble at first getting back up to speed on the details. But with J.D.'s help with small reminders in the plot, most of them did eventually come ba ...more
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE a good serial killer thriller and the trilogy that this book is part of is one of the best that I’ve ever read. It is such a complex and compelling series throughout, now looking back in hindsight I realize just how freaking brilliant the author is, I’m seriously blown away with how clever the plotting is and how perfectly this whole series was set up from beginning to end.

I really don’t want to speak to the plot too much here, but don’t read this as a standalone, these books must be read
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the shattering finale to the 4MK trilogy - a jet propelled serial killer thriller that will leave you breathless.
In this final part of the series, the author J.D. Barker seems like a master magician switching the action from various locations with a half dozen characters speeding the action along.
As the body count rises, Detective Sam Porter is placed in a Kafkaesque situation as he battles to remember his past while on the run from police and the FBI who now believe he is a murderer. Me
Jane is not my name
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"You cant play with God without being acquainted with the devil".

Wow, wow, wow, now that was a grand finale! What a book, what an ending.
I have to say I was sceptical whether this final book of the 4MK series will manage to round up the brilliant Fourth Monkey and The Fifth to Die. I was afraid that the closure will not be perfect ...But it was. I wont write about the ingenious plot of The Sixth Wicked Child. Or about all the unpredictable twists and who-the-hell-done-it and what-the-heck-is-ha
Yvonne (It's All About Books)

Finished reading: August 12th 2019

"You can bury a bad thing, but those bad things have a tendency to claw their way back out of the dirt."

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Hampton Creek Press in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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Danny Tyran
This series of novels is really amazing. I’ve read many thrillers, a few whodunnits, and several detective novels, and I’ve never seen anything like this before. Patterson, the well-known author, said it was ingenious. That’s underestimating this series.

In this last novel of the trilogy, Barker leads us to doubt everything and everyone, even his main character! As the elements add up, we wonder who was in a position to be able to do this and that when the events happened. The entries in the 4MK’
Elaine Tomasso
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and Hampton Creek Press for an advance copy of The Sixth Wicked Child, the third and final novel in the 4MK series.

The Sixth Wicked Child takes place immediately after the events of its predecessor, The Fifth to Die. Detective Sam Porter is back in Chicago and under suspicion so FBI agent Frank Poole is now in charge of the 4MK investigation. Trying to make sense of all the information he has he is soon under pressure when more bodies are found and Anson Bishop ha
Frederick Wysocki
The Sixth Wicked child is an excellent end to the 4MK trilogy!
I was hooked when I read The Fourth Monkey (2017). The Fifth to Die (2018) built on the SUSPENSE of finding out who the players really were and how it all would end. The Sixth Wicked Child (2019) continued to build the suspense until the very end. I found that I could not put down any of the superbly plotted novels.
WARNING: non-stop TENSION from the first page to the last. Well written and well plotted with lots of twists and turns
Tiffany PSquared
Take your time with this book. At 626 pages (Kindle), it covers a lot of ground and has a large cast of characters. This is not one you can rush through, nor would you want to. If we’re saying goodbye to Anson Bishop and Detective Sam Porter with this finale let’s make it memorable.

If you even came remotely close to predicting this ending, then you are a genius (or a liar!).

I will miss these characters, but I look forward to whatever new thing J.D. Barker has in store for us!
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the third and final book in the 4MK killer Trilogy and it certainly answered all my questions. After reading the first two books The Fourth Monkey and The Fifth To Die which I awarded five stars and wanting more, I could not wait to start reading. Once I started this book there was no way I was putting it down I WANTED THE TRUTH!!!! Hooked from the first page, spent most of this read sat on the edge of my seat and tapping my kindle like a demented wood pecker. T
Abbas Fardil
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
It is the conclusion of 4MK trilogy. I think that there is no need to discuss the blurb or story briefing for reviewing this book. Anyone can easily get this by going through search engine.

It’s a full package of thrills, suspense, violence and action! The quotation “Father, forgive me” will make you afraid. Multiple plot running in same situation and same time will make a reader interested to go to the heart of the story.

The ending was very thrilling and unexpected!
James Patterson mentioned t
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J.D. Barker is the international best-selling author of numerous novels, including DRACUL and THE FOURTH MONKEY. He is currently collaborating with James Patterson. His novels have been translated into two dozen languages and optioned for both film and television. Barker resides in coastal New Hampshire with his wife, Dayna, and their daughter, Ember.

A note from J.D.
As a child I was always told th

Other books in the series

4MK Thriller (3 books)
  • The Fourth Monkey (4MK Thriller, #1)
  • The Fifth To Die (4MK Thriller, #2)