Book Review On The 4th Monkey
A Mystery/Thriller Novel
**Advanced Readers Copy provided by the author for an honest review**
Seven meets The Silence of the Lambs in this dark and twisting novel from the author Jeffery Deaver called, "A talented writer with a delightfully devious mind."
For over five years, the Four Monkey Killer has terrorized the resident so f Chicago. When his body is found, the police quickly realize he was on his way to deliver one final message, one which proves he has taken another victim who may still be alive.
Chicago's finest Detective's Nash and Porter have been on the hunt for years for the Four Monkey Killer, (4MK) and finally have a lead. When a man is killed and holds in his possessions an ear and a diary, the two detectives think this is finally the end to his terror...until they read the diary. Can they put this case to rest before more die?
This thrilling new series begins in the windy city of Chicago. For those of you whom never been to Minnesota, we are giving them a run for their money on "wind", lol. The case of the 4MK killer has had detectives Nash and Porter baffled as to his identity for years, until now. While they believe the case may be closed, they discover in the dead mans possession a box with a human ear, and a diary. The 4MK's MO is to cut his victims ear off, amongst other things. Well crap, this means his last victim is still alive and out there somewhere and now they have to find them before it's too late. They believe the victim is a 15-year old girl named Emory. She is the illegitimate daughter of filthy rich business man by the name of Talbot, who's gone missing. Just when the detectives think they have the killer where they want him, he has managed to turn the table in a plot twist that will shock the shit out of you!
The 4MK killer's character was fascinating to say the least. During the story, we are discovering his past along with Detective Porter while he reads his diary. The story gives us the play by play of the killers parents, and their story. While in between the investigation, the story switches to 4MK's tale. I have to say that the diary entries were more intriguing to me than the present time with the detectives. I was so enamored by his tale I fought with myself about skipping to the diary parts! In the end, despite his parents shenanigans I was rooting for his father. The loyalty, love and betrayal he faced was heart wrenching at times.Go figure, I root for the bad guys, haha.
In the present, the investigation was familiar like a CSI episode that I connected with for obvious reasons...however I never really bonded with the detectives until the end of the story, and more so with Porter than Nash. During some point in the book I almost gave up on the police force until pieces of the puzzle started clicking into place. And why is there always a Espinosa? I mean damn, the television shows already have that character covered, lol. Moving on, the setting and world building was very detailed and brought the story to life in my imagination, and I really love when a writer can pull that off. And although I felt that the story came to a satisfying end for me, the author pulls a hat trick in the prologue! Holy shit! Yes I want to read more please!
So for those mystery thriller fans, I highly recommend you pick this book up and follow the author, cause book two I'm sure will kick some serious ass!
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