The Fourth Monkey and The Fifth to Die(first two books in this trilogy) were among my favorite reads in 2017 and 2018. The release of The Sixth Wicked Child(US – August 27, 2019), means that I have had the pleasure of 3 ***** reads in 3 years by the incredibly talented J.D. Barker. A lot is going on in this book, and if you haven’t managed to keep track of what every character was doing when The Fifth to Die ended, this would be a really good time for a reread.
You know the feeling when something is going to end and you can only imagine how the author is going to wrap things up? Did the end of a series ever not meet your expectations? Yep, as a reader I am nervous, excited, and ‘oh please’, do justice to the characters I love, and let the villains get what they deserve. In this case, the end exceeded my expectations, and as I read the final page, all I could do was ‘sigh’ with satisfaction for a tale well told.
The Sixth Wicked Child is told from multiple POVs(Poole, Porter, Bishop, Nash, Clair, and of course, the Diary). You will learn more about Detective Sam Porter and Anton Bishop’s past, and you will question everything you thought you knew about 4MK, as the twists, turns, and revelations keep coming in every chapter. This was a fast-paced wild ride and the conclusion, well, let’s just say that I thought it was perfect!
I have never wanted to be an author’s ‘Number One Fan’ since reading Stephen King’s Misery, but I reckon I can be a dedicated fan without veering into creepy stalker territory. Well done Mr. Barker!