I fell hard for J.D. Barker’s writing after reading The Fourth Monkey. Bishop is my favorite serial killer character right behind Hannibal Lector(and who knows how much of that is due to Anthony Hopkins portrayal). The book was so well written and unique and I had no idea that I would be captivated from page one. In hindsight, I may have waited for Friday night to begin(sorry job, I wasn’t my usual perky self, but I stayed up all night reading an excellent book). I believe I read that the author plans this tale to be a trilogy, which made me a very happy book lover.
Of course, there was that annoying little thought in my head. Could book lightning strike twice? Could the second book, The Fifth to Die be another 5 star read? For me, I am happy to say I loved it as much as The Fourth Monkey. There are familiar characters, but they follow different paths which meant the book didn’t just repeat what worked in the first book and yet the ultimate story moved forward brilliantly. While Detective Sam Porter pursues his own leads and agenda, his old team is faced with more gruesome murders. Is this Bishop’s work or has another serial killer decided to ‘come out and play’? No spoilers here, you will have to read the book to find out, but if you are like me, you’ll have ‘so much fun’ along the way that it will be well worth it.
I personally would recommend reading The Fourth Monkey first. I’ve given it some thought and while there is enough detail for this to work as a standalone, to me it wouldn’t be the same reading experience. There is still time since The Fifth to Die won’t be published until July 2018. You might also want to visit J.D. Barker’s website too as there is a hidden Fourth Monkey bonus chapter( and who knows what he might add for his latest book). Many sequels are good but just not quite as good as the first book. In this case, this was another 5 star read for me.
Thank you J.D.Barker, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley for the complimentary DRC.