The Fifth to Die by J.D. Barker

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Holy balls, Batman! I freaking loved The Fifth to Die. I felt it was far better than the first novel. Quite possibly because I loved all the characters in the first book, and now in book two you have more time with them and are a little more invested. I also enjoyed the overall story more – the way it was set up and executed. This book also has a lot of moving parts. I loved that as well. Complex stories, if done right, have such a rewarding end. I’m confident that Barker will have no issues managing the machine he has created with this series.

Five stars are not enough for novels this good.

With this installment of the 4MK Thrillers, you get loads of action, heavy doses of thriller, and a ton of emotion. Especially at the end – that cliffhanger had me screaming, “What the actual fuck?” But I loved it. I have honest love and admiration for books and their authors that can evoke all emotions, including the gray areas, while I read. Without any doubt, Barker has officially become one of my favorite authors.

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T I T L E: The Fifth to Die

S E R I E S: 4MK Thriller (Nº 1)

A U T H O R: J.D. Barker

P U B L I S H • D A T E : July 10, 2018

P U B L I S H E R: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

I S B N: 9780544973978

Thriller, Mysery, Crime


In the thrilling sequel to The Fourth Monkey, a new serial killer stalks the streets of Chicago, while Detective Porter delves deeper into the dark past of the Four Monkey Killer.

Detective Porter and the team have been pulled from the hunt for Anson Bishop, the Four Monkey Killer, by the feds. When the body of a young girl is found beneath the frozen waters of Jackson Park Lagoon, she is quickly identified as Ella Reynolds, missing three weeks. But how did she get there? The lagoon froze months earlier. More baffling? She’s found wearing the clothes of another girl, missing less than two days. While the detectives of Chicago Metro try to make sense of the quickly developing case, Porter secretly continues his pursuit of 4MK, knowing the best way to find Bishop is to track down his mother. When the captain finds out about Porter’s activities, he’s suspended, leaving his partners Clair and Nash to continue the search for the new killer alone.

Obsessed with catching Bishop, Porter follows a single grainy photograph from Chicago to the streets of New Orleans and stumbles into a world darker than he could have possibly imagined, where he quickly realizes that the only place more frightening than the mind of a serial killer is the mind of the mother from which he came.

I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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