The Fourth Monkey by J. D. Barker ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™‰๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿต

About the book:

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See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evilโ€ฆDo No Evil

Se7en meets The Silence of the Lambs in this dark and twisting novel from the author Jeffery Deaver called, โ€œA talented writer with a delightfully devious mind.โ€

For over five years, the Four Monkey Killer has terrorised the residents of Chicago. When his body is found, the police quickly realise 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 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 killerโ€™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.

The Fourth Monkey is out on June 27th and is available to pre-order NOW!!!

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About the author:

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Barker was born January 7, 1971 in Lombard, Illinois and spent the first fourteen years of his life in Crystal Lake, Illinois. A staunch introvert, he was rarely seen without a book in hand, devouring both the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew series by the age of six before moving on to classics such as the works of Dickens and Twain. The discovery of Shelley, Stoker and Poe fueled a fire and it wasnโ€™t long before he was writing tales of his own which he shared with friends and family. These early stories centered around witches and ghosts thought to inhabit the woods surrounding their home.

At fourteen, Barkerโ€™s family relocated to Englewood, Florida, a climate better suited to his fatherโ€™s profession as a contractor. He attended Lemon Bay High School and graduated in 1989. Knowing he wanted to pursue a career in the arts but unsure of a direction, he enrolled at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale where he later obtained a degree in business. While in college, one of his writing assignment found its way into the hands of Paul Gallotta of Circus Magazine. Gallotta reached out to Barker and asked him to join the staff of 25th Parallel Magazine where he worked alongside the man who would later become Marilyn Manson. Assignments dropped him into the center of pop culture and by 1991 Barker branched out, interviewing celebrities for the likes of Seventeen, TeenBeat, and other national and local publications. In 1992, Barker syndicated a small newspaper column called Revealed which centered around the investigation of haunted places and supernatural occurrences. While he often cites these early endeavors as a crash course in tightening prose, his heart remained with fiction. He began work as a book doctor and ghostwriter shortly thereafter, helping others fine tune their writing for publication. Barker has said this experience proved invaluable, teaching him what works and what doesnโ€™t in todayโ€™s popular fiction. He would continue in this profession until 2012 when he wrote a novel of his own, titled Forsaken.

Stephen King read portions of Forsaken prior to publication and granted Barker permission to utilize the character of Leland Gaunt of Kingโ€™s Needful Things in the novel. Indie-published in late 2014, the book went on to hit several major milestones โ€“ #2 on Audible (Harper Lee with Go Set a Watchman held #1), #44 on Amazon U.S., #2 on Amazon Canada, and #22 on Amazon UK. Forsaken was also nominated for a Bram Stoker Award (Best Debut Novel) and won a handful of others including a New Apple Medalist Award. After reading Forsaken, Bram Stokerโ€™s family reached out to Barker and asked him to co-author a prequel to Dracula utilizing Bramโ€™s original notes and journals, much of which has never been made public.

Barkerโ€™s indie success drew the attention of traditional agents and publishers and in early 2016 his debut thriller, The Fourth Monkey, sold in a series of pre-empts and auctions worldwide with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt set to publish in the U.S. and HarperCollins in the UK. The book has also sold for both film and television.

Barker splits his time between Englewood, FL, and Pittsburgh, PA, with his wife, Dayna.

My thoughts:

I was lucky enough to read and review an early copy of this book, and it’s definitely one to look out for in 2017! 

Initially, apart from the blurb and a cracking recommendation from author Lisa Hall, I didn’t know much about The Fourth Monkey. I had no real expectations going into the book, other than I had heard it was twisted, so needless to say I was looking forward to reading it.

The Fourth Monkey is a crime thriller featuring Detective Sam Porter, and it is eerily reminiscent of early Jeffrey Deaver. There are echoes of The Bone Collector whispering through the pages of this book, which is very exciting to see as it shows the author has some serious writing skills.

As usual, no plot dissection or spoilers here. The Fourth Monkey is creepy, atmospheric and completely compelling. Excellent characterisation and a twisty turny plot make this an enthralling crime thriller. I loved the concept and I think J. D. Barker has a knack for keeping the reader turning the pages.

Highly recommended!

To be in with a chance to win a draft copy of#4MK, all you have to do is get a selfie with you holding the book or proof of purchase and put it out on social media! 

Here’s the link for full details:

http://jdbarker.com/fourth-monkey-contest-win-draft-copy-upcoming-novel-4mk/

My #4MK Selfie!

3 thoughts on “The Fourth Monkey by J. D. Barker ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™‰๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿต

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