The Sixth Wicked Child by J.D. Barker (5 out of 5)

J.D. Barker was one of my most recent favorite discoveries. I don’t remember how I heard about the book, but I’m so glad I did. It was like finding Nick Cutter. Although I think that was from Stephen King raving about it. Or maybe Dave M. Dave, if you haven’t read J.D. Barker yet, DO IT! This book is the startling conclusion to the 4th Monkey Killer trilogy.

Startling. Almost as startling as it being available in all formats the DAY OF its release. Not sure too many pubs do that, but I could be-and usually am- incorrect in my surmising. So I chose the oversize paperback. Or as it is also known, trade paperback. Or quality paperback. So many names, so little time to throw them in a blog post. Had I known how much I would end up loving the last book, I would have-and should have- gotten it in hardcover. Truthfully, after the 2nd book in the series pissed me off, I had been holding a grudge that what started off as an unbelievably graphic and horrifying serial killer trilogy was going to have the first book be the best book, and the second two would fade away like Miley Cyrus after the Hemsworth. Not. The Case.

We haven’t seen the last of Anson Bishop. Neither has Detective Sam Porter. The words “See No Evil” written on cardboard and found by the bodies of multiple victims thousands of miles apart signal connection to the infamous serial killer. Things are real rough in Chicago these days. The FBI and Chicago PD are at war over the case, there’s a hospital on quarantine over rumors of a strain of a highly contagious and fatal disease, detectives doubting the long-questioned mental health of Porter as he tries to get Bishop and the case resolved, police corruption, and a number of twists that have you stunned at the end. It was a fitting end to a series where a single book had the power to unend you for months while you breathlessly waited for the next installments. And for the record, the only book that made me stop drinking coffee for awhile after it becomes a tool of fatality in the 2nd book. I can’t recommend J.D. Barker’s 4MK series enough. It is truly horrifying, enthralling, and magnificent in its evil. Anson Bishop and Sam Porter’s relationship, for lack of a better word, makes Clarice and Hannibal look like Play-Doh foreplay. This is a series anyone who loves a twisted story should check out.

~ by generationgbooks on December 27, 2019.

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