Book Review: The Fourth Monkey


Source: Review copy from Netgalley
Release Date: Available now from HQ

See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil… Do No Evil

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 killer’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.

Review:

Detective Sam Porter has hunted for this killer for five years. The Four Monkey Killer or 4MK has sent box after box of grisly trinkets carved from the victim’s body to detective Sam Porter. Now, Porter has learnt the killer’s twisted past and has to race against time to save the 4MK’s latest victim before it is too late.

This is a brilliantly twisted book. I read it in a couple if sittings. This is an exquisitely clever thriller which keeps your guessing. The characters have depth and insight. Sam Porter, the detective has his own past and his story unfolds during the course of the book and makes for an absorbing read.

The psychology of the killer is very immersive. The killer’s diary entries are some of the most interesting parts of the book. And what an ending!

The book is graphic and violent and not for the nervous. Those scenes add up to the psychology of the killer. This is one of those books where you want the killer to be punished yet secretly wish for him to get away with it.

Highly recommended!