The Sixth Wicked Child (4MK Thriller, #3)
In the riveting conclusion of the 4MK trilogy, Barker takes the thriller to an entirely new level. Don't miss a single word of the series James Patterson called "ingenious." Hear No Evil For Detective Sam Porter, the words “Father, forgive me” conjure memories long forgotten; a past intentionally buried. For Anson Bishop, these three words connect a childhood to the present as he unleashes a truth concealed for decades. See No Evil Found written on cardboard near each body, these words link multiple victims to a single killer—discovered within minutes of each other in both Chicago and South Carolina—clearly connected yet separated by impossible miles. Speak No Evil Chicago Metro and the FBI find themselves caught in chaos—a hospital on lockdown, a rogue officer, and corruption at the highest levels. When Anson Bishop, the prime suspect in the notorious 4MK serial murders turns himself in, he reveals a story completely unexpected, one that not only upends the current investigation, but one that will change the lives of all involved. Do No Evil With unrelenting tension and pulse-pounding suspense, the past unravels at breakneck speed as the truth behind the Four Monkey Killer’s motive is finally revealed in this masterfully crafted finale.

The Sixth Wicked Child (4MK Thriller, #3) Details

TitleThe Sixth Wicked Child (4MK Thriller, #3)
Author
ReleaseAug 27th, 2019
PublisherHampton Creek Press
Rating
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction, Suspense, Psychological Thriller

The Sixth Wicked Child (4MK Thriller, #3) Review

  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars"...everything is normal when you don't know any better." Isn't that the truth!First and foremost, if you have not read the previous books in this series, do not attempt this one. I mean this in the best possible way. You seriously do not want to miss a thing. The other two books set this book up perfectly plus you will be missing a mountain of back story (plus two really great books). Whew, is all I can say after finishing this one. When it comes to this book, forget what you know, wha 4.5 stars"...everything is normal when you don't know any better." Isn't that the truth!First and foremost, if you have not read the previous books in this series, do not attempt this one. I mean this in the best possible way. You seriously do not want to miss a thing. The other two books set this book up perfectly plus you will be missing a mountain of back story (plus two really great books). Whew, is all I can say after finishing this one. When it comes to this book, forget what you know, what you think you know or where you think this book is going. This is Barker's ride and he is clearly in the driver's seat. He takes us down a path which continues to be dark, twisted and highly addictive. As with the previous books, this book is extremely well thought out, perfectly paced with twist and turns keeping up the suspense and tension. Diary entries, back stories, a detective with a past he can't remember, and a serial killer who is highly intelligent, always a step ahead of the police. He clearly has a plan, but what is it? Plus, Bishop has a detective hot on his trail, but is the detective to be trusted? Are there other killers out there? Who can you believe when everything and everyone you thought you could trust suddenly doesn't look or seem too trustworthy?As this book continues, we learn more about the pivotal players, their past and their connection to each other. This one isn't for the faint of heart. It deals with heavy and sensitive subjects, thankfully without a lot of detail. "Father, forgive me" but I thought this book was riveting. Captivating and a real page turner, this one did not disappoint. There are a lot of people in this book and a lot going on, no wonder Barker had sticky notes all over his house to keep this story straight. He continues to deliver and finished this series strongly. I can't wait to see/read what else he has up his sleeve!Another plus of this series is its originality. Sure, there are lots of books out there about serial killers and cat and mouse chases but this one stands out and on its own. Barker is an intelligent writer who has great character development. All his characters are distinct and interesting - even the unlikable ones are extremely captivating. Plus, I have never read one of his books and felt as if i have read this one before, kwim? Ever read a book, and think "been there, read that - just with different names and different locations?" Not here, again, this book gets high marks for originality.Can I just say, I am slightly jealous of the people who have not read this series, as they will get the chance the read the books back to back. While reading this one, I was wishing I went back and re-read the previous ones, but I couldn't help myself, I had to dive in. I wonder what it must be like to spend so much time writing a book to have people dig in and read it so fast. I purposely read this one slow so I could wrap my head around everything. I was surprised a couple of times and didn't see things coming which is always plus.A brilliant end to a brilliant series. Highly recommend.Thank you to J.D. Barker, Hampton Creek Press and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Paromjit
    January 1, 1970
    I never realised that JD Barker was writing a 4MK trilogy based around a prolific master serial killer, Ansen Bishop, and that this is the final rip roaring finale to this series. On balance, I think that is a good decision, after reading the second book I felt that the premise driving this series was beginning to reach its limits. This is a thrilling firecracker of a conclusion, pulse pounding, a nervously biting fingernails affair, twisted in every which way and then some, with red herrings ga I never realised that JD Barker was writing a 4MK trilogy based around a prolific master serial killer, Ansen Bishop, and that this is the final rip roaring finale to this series. On balance, I think that is a good decision, after reading the second book I felt that the premise driving this series was beginning to reach its limits. This is a thrilling firecracker of a conclusion, pulse pounding, a nervously biting fingernails affair, twisted in every which way and then some, with red herrings galore, and with adrenaline fuelled fast paced frenetic action. There is a continuing monstrous body count, a hospital in lockdown with fears of a deadly virus, and those confined are far from happy, and there appears to be more than one killer on the loose. Chicago Metro police detectives and the FBI under Special Agent Frank Poole with Detective Nash, struggle to comprehend what exactly is happening. Detective Sam Porter is a broken man at the conclusion of events in the previous book and it is barely surprising he is now viewed as a murder suspect, but is he more than that? Sam Porter's past is not what he thinks it is, particularly over an incident of being shot accidentally as a younger police officer. A young homeless girl seeking sanctuary in a cemetery is horrified to discover the body of a dead woman, covered in salt, kneeling with a sign in front of her stating Father Forgive Me, three small boxes in front of her, and forehead in which has been carved 'I am evil'. It is the first in a number of bodies with the same MO. To turn matters upside down, the much sought after 4MK killer has handed himself in, claiming he is an innocent man being framed. No-one in law enforcement is certain precisely who is telling the truth. As Sam pores over the diaries, questions are raised about what is written in them, and indeed if the diaries are authentic. Sam is convinced he can tell the difference between the truth and the lies as he continues to follow up on Bishop's past history as a child placed at The Finicky House for Wayward Children. In the meantime, matters escalate in a number of areas, including a killer amongst the quarantined in the hospital with Detectives Clair Norton and Edwin Klozowski.As Barker wraps up his trilogy in style, I dread to think what it must have been like for him to work out and plan all the intricate details and plotting for the varied storylines and characters, I imagine it must have been a nightmare to get everything straight in this epic trilogy. He succeeds admirably in tying up loose ends, in this intense, dark but engaging story of child abuse, police corruption, betrayal, exploitation of the young and vulnerable, vengeance, and the complicated nature of justice and judgement. I found this a wildly entertaining and explosive thriller, one where you never know what will happen next, positively dripping with suspense and tension, and never less than compulsive reading. Highly recommended for all crime thriller fans. Many thanks to Hampton Creek Press for an ARC.
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  • Matt
    January 1, 1970
    First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, J.D. Barker, and Hampton Creek Press for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.As the riveting 4MK trilogy comes to an end, J.D. Barker offers the most explosive novel to date. Chilling in its delivery and full of unexpected twists, fans of the series should brace themselves as all the pieces finally come together. As the 4MK cases continues to gain momentum, the obvious suspect rem First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, J.D. Barker, and Hampton Creek Press for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.As the riveting 4MK trilogy comes to an end, J.D. Barker offers the most explosive novel to date. Chilling in its delivery and full of unexpected twists, fans of the series should brace themselves as all the pieces finally come together. As the 4MK cases continues to gain momentum, the obvious suspect remains Anson Bishop, who turns himself in to the authorities. However, there are more victims that keep emerging, a single message binding them all together in his sick and twisted web. While this would seem to be a slam-dunk case, the fact that the bodies appear almost simultaneously on opposite sides of the country is an issue, denoting that this could not be the work of a single man. While minds stir about this, a hospital becomes the scene of a lockdown, as a virus makes its way through the air and chooses even more victims to add to the horror. While trying to shed some light on the entire situation, Chicago PD and FBI investigators listen to Bishop tell a complex story from his past, one that could reveal more about the real killer than first suspected. All comes to light in a set of diary entries, which could prove to be the best piece of evidence on offer. If he is to be believed, Bishop can finger a rogue cop as the real killer and the one with the greatest motive to shut the investigation down. Trouble is, everything is marred in a fog and what is on paper seems too outrageous to accept. Truths will be revealed and a killer’s identity shall be unmasked, but it may be too much for some to accept as they attempt to wrap their minds around what’s gone undetected and how many other lives have been cut short. A troubling novel, though one that fits right into the series and allows Barker to show just how sadistic things can get with a serial killer, given the opportunity. Recommended to series fans and those who want out of their comfort zone.The concept for this series caught my attention when it was released and I knew I would have to find the time to add this to my ever-growing list of books to read. From the outset, the story pulled me in and kept me wanting to know more, especially since the serial killer stood out as being highly unique in their actions and the thrill of the chase. Returning as a quasi-protagonist again, Sam Porter offers the reader some insight into his personality and desire to get this killer off the streets. While there is no time for backstory, the reader does learn some interesting aspects about his life as well as how he is seen by his colleagues. Porter has little time for banter, wanting to get to the root of the matter, but fearful of tripping up and costing the investigation its best lead. He will have to remain level-headed and stay the course, or risk it all. Anson Bishop remains the other character to share the spotlight, though Barker seems to want to share the glory all around. Depicted as the mastermind killer, Bishop has a lot to say and won’t let himself face all the blame without opening up one more can of worms. What he reveals is both troubling and shocking, proof that may turn the case on its head, should anyone want to listen. In a story packed with interesting characters, Barker leaves no stone unturned in an attempt to flesh-out the truth, chilling the reader as the plunge deeper. The story remained strong throughout, climbing in its intensity through short chapters that tease just enough to keep the reader wanting to know more. I love this technique, as I find myself devouring things without being able to stop, promising myself and those around me that “one more chapter” will do. Matched with that, use of a diary to tell a captivating backstory leaves nothing to the imagination. In. trilogy set over six days, any reader wishing to binge the series can do so and feel the full impact of the story, allowing Barker to take over control and leave the reader at his mercy. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and the series, which brings together some great writing, strong narrative guidance, and a plot that has more twists than it does answers. Not to be missed, for those who have the stomach for the adventure.Kudos, Mr. Barker, on another great book. I have loved everything of yours to date and cannot wait to discover more.Love/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/A Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...
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  • Alan Cotterell
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to J.D. Barker, Hampton Creek Press and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest reviewFirst, I must advise you that you really need to read the first 2 books before you attempt to read this. As there is one hell of a back story (and they are both extremely good books), and they set this one up brilliantly. However, although you really need to read first 2 before this one, this is Mr Barkers journey and he is the one doing the driving. You may not be Thank you to J.D. Barker, Hampton Creek Press and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest reviewFirst, I must advise you that you really need to read the first 2 books before you attempt to read this. As there is one hell of a back story (and they are both extremely good books), and they set this one up brilliantly. However, although you really need to read first 2 before this one, this is Mr Barkers journey and he is the one doing the driving. You may not be heading for the destination you thought you were.As before this the planning is exemplary and the story moves along at an addictive pace, not particularly fast but certainly not slow, with twists and turns keeping up the suspense and tension.The diary entries continue the back stories, and a serial killer who is highly intelligent, always at least one step ahead of the police, a detective with a past he can't quite remember. The killer clearly has a plan, but what is it? In addition to this who can you trust when everything and everyone you thought you could trust is turned upside down? We continue to learn more and more about each characters past and the various connections. It is all very addictive.A brilliant end to a brilliant series. The author manages to wrap up the loose ends and explain why everything happened. This series has been a real rollercoaster of a ride, with likeable/relatable characters (even the killer) and an ingenious plotline, with so many twists and turns. But unlike some stories that have twist after twist, you are still able to follow it.Cannot recommend this enough.
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  • Dave
    January 1, 1970
    This is one thriller that will blow your mind. Barker has gifted us the thrilling conclusion to the MK3 trilogy and he pulls no punches with this one. Note that it is a trilogy and there is a learning curve at the beginning to catch up with what has gone on before and all the characters. Even if you read the first two books, you may not remember all the details, particularly if you didn't make cliff notes, particularly of the ending of book two. However, you would be urged to push on because the This is one thriller that will blow your mind. Barker has gifted us the thrilling conclusion to the MK3 trilogy and he pulls no punches with this one. Note that it is a trilogy and there is a learning curve at the beginning to catch up with what has gone on before and all the characters. Even if you read the first two books, you may not remember all the details, particularly if you didn't make cliff notes, particularly of the ending of book two. However, you would be urged to push on because the thrill ride Barker takes you is not to be missed.The MK3 trilogy is a story about the most vicious serial killer imagined. He's not your normal axe murderer wandering through the woods. In a publishing world where there is another serial killer story every month, this one stands out as exceptional. MK3 is clever. He's deceptive. He is not one step ahead of the investigators, but twenty. And, his bodies are left in odd poses in odd places, surrounded by salt, with written messages, and with gift-wrapped white boxes, often containing an ear, a nose, a finger, or a toe. He outwits every search technique of the Chicago Police Detectives and the crack FBI team and seems to have tentacles everywhere.The Sixth Wicked Child not only offers a conclusion to the story, but takes the reader into MK3's backstory, his history, his childhood, and it's probably not what you thought it was. And, here, the surprises keep popping up. Who can you trust? Who is MK3 really? Who is loyal? Who will betray the investigation? And be prepared for everything to flip every which way on you as the hero might not be the hero after all.The story is told through multiple points of view and, although that is a common technique these days, it works here, particularly after you get into the book and understand who is who and what is what. I normally do not like serial killer thrillers. But, this one is special. It kept me up reading through the night and there are few books that do. Many thanks to the publishing house for providing a copy for review.
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  • Stephanie (Stephanie's Novel Fiction)
    January 1, 1970
    I loved The Fourth Monkey and The Fifth To Die and have been anxiously awaiting the conclusion to the 4MK trilogy especially after the shocking cliffhanger in the last book. All I can say is as soon as I started The Sixth Wicked Child, I couldn't put it down. This is one of my favorite, and one of the best, serial killer/crime series around, by far. J.D. Barker has given us a serial killer suspect quite unlike any other: Anton Bishop is intelligent, gifted, always one step ahead of the police, I loved The Fourth Monkey and The Fifth To Die and have been anxiously awaiting the conclusion to the 4MK trilogy especially after the shocking cliffhanger in the last book. All I can say is as soon as I started The Sixth Wicked Child, I couldn't put it down. This is one of my favorite, and one of the best, serial killer/crime series around, by far. J.D. Barker has given us a serial killer suspect quite unlike any other: Anton Bishop is intelligent, gifted, always one step ahead of the police, and dare I say it, likable for all the atrocities he's (supposedly) committed? Yet, is he really 4MK? After the ending of The Fifth To Die and all the new information revealed in The Sixth Wicked Child, including Bishop turning himself in(??), who really knows the truth about anything anymore. The investigation is flipped upside down, turned sidewise, and turned into chaos and the ones you thought you could trust from the previous books maybe aren't so trustworthy after all.The novel is told through multiple perspectives interspersed with diary entries written by Bishop detailing his early childhood, so you get his backstory and childhood, which reveals so much. There's also backstory on Detective Sam Porter, which answers a lot of questions for the last book, so the story goes full circle. This is not just a conclusion to the trilogy but Barker does an excellent job through his plotting, characters, and setting allowing you to understand exactly why everything happened-or why there was a consequence for every action.The twists and turns were staggering and kept me on my toes! Barker is superb at writing thrillers and the conclusion to the 4MK trilogy is not to be missed! Definitely recommend this series to thriller and crime fiction lovers!Thank you NetGalley and Hampton Creek Press for the ARC. All opinions are my own.
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  • Alan Cotterell
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to J.D. Barker, Hampton Creek Press and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest reviewFirst, I must advise you that you really need to read the first 2 books before you attempt to read this. As there is one hell of a back story (and they are both extremely good books), and they set this one up brilliantly. However, although you really need to read first 2 before this one, this is Mr Barkers journey and he is the one doing the driving. You may not be Thank you to J.D. Barker, Hampton Creek Press and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest reviewFirst, I must advise you that you really need to read the first 2 books before you attempt to read this. As there is one hell of a back story (and they are both extremely good books), and they set this one up brilliantly. However, although you really need to read first 2 before this one, this is Mr Barkers journey and he is the one doing the driving. You may not be heading for the destination you thought you were.As before this the planning is exemplary and the story moves along at an addictive pace, not particularly fast but certainly not slow, with twists and turns keeping up the suspense and tension.The diary entries continue the back stories, and a serial killer who is highly intelligent, always at least one step ahead of the police, a detective with a past he can't quite remember. The killer clearly has a plan, but what is it? In addition to this who can you trust when everything and everyone you thought you could trust is turned upside down? We continue to learn more and more about each characters past and the various connections. It is all very addictive.A brilliant end to a brilliant series. The author manages to wrap up the loose ends and explain why everything happened. This series has been a real rollercoaster of a ride, with likeable/relatable characters (even the killer) and an ingenious plotline, with so many twists and turns. But unlike some stories that have twist after twist, you are still able to follow it.Cannot recommend this enough.
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  • Gram
    January 1, 1970
    This is the shattering finale to the 4MK trilogy - a jet propelled serial killer thriller that will leave you breathless.In this final part of the series, the author J.D. Barker seems like a master magician switching the action from various locations with a half dozen characters speeding the action along.As the body count rises, Detective Sam Porter is placed in a Kafkaesque situation as he battles to remember his past while on the run from police and the FBI who now believe he is a murderer. Me This is the shattering finale to the 4MK trilogy - a jet propelled serial killer thriller that will leave you breathless.In this final part of the series, the author J.D. Barker seems like a master magician switching the action from various locations with a half dozen characters speeding the action along.As the body count rises, Detective Sam Porter is placed in a Kafkaesque situation as he battles to remember his past while on the run from police and the FBI who now believe he is a murderer. Meanwhile, Anson Bishop, the man originally labelled "The Four Monkey Killer" surrenders to the police claiming that Porter is the real killer. Bodies are found in Chicago and South Carolina, all with a cardboard sign next to them which reads "Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil, Do No Evil.". Many of the bodies have the words "I Am Evil" carved on their heads.Porter's colleagues are divided over whether he is innocent or guilty, but all are caught up in the chaos of a major criminal investigation which has the added problem of a hospital on lockdown with scores of possible SARS virus victims being held in quarantine. FBI Special Agent Frank Poole and Chicago Police Detective Nash struggle to uncover evidence of scores of crimes which stretch back decades in the past.Meanwhile, Porter wades through pages of Anson Bishop's childhood diaries, detailing painful memories of the sexual abuse of children in care and a major child prostitution ring. The plot switches from present to past and back over and over as the truth is slowly uncovered and we learn who is guilty and who is being used as a pawn in an evil game devised by a murderous psychopath.You'll need all your wits about you to follow this horrific story which is definitely not for the faint of heart. And, before anyone asks, there's no way this is a stand-alone. J.D. Barker has produced a highly original crime thriller that will leave the reader drained. Highly recommended. My thanks to the publisher Hampton Creek Press and to NetGalley for a copy of this book in return for an unbiased review.
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  • Jane is not my name
    January 1, 1970
    "You cant play with God without being acquainted with the devil".Wow, wow, wow, now that was a grand finale! What a book, what an ending. I have to say I was sceptical whether this final book of the 4MK series will manage to round up the brilliant Fourth Monkey and The Fifth to Die. I was afraid that the closure will not be perfect ...But it was. I wont write about the ingenious plot of The Sixth Wicked Child. Or about all the unpredictable twists and who-the-hell-done-it and what-the-heck-is-ha "You can´t play with God without being acquainted with the devil".Wow, wow, wow, now that was a grand finale! What a book, what an ending. I have to say I was sceptical whether this final book of the 4MK series will manage to round up the brilliant Fourth Monkey and The Fifth to Die. I was afraid that the closure will not be perfect ...But it was. I won´t write about the ingenious plot of The Sixth Wicked Child. Or about all the unpredictable twists and who-the-hell-done-it and what-the-heck-is-happening moments. Or about the amazing precision in building the characters. Or about the unique bonds between them. Or about the ending. Oh yes, the ending. I won´t write about any of these things, because you have to experience it yourself. But I can say that Barker did it again. He shocked me, amazed me and left me speechless, my brain exploding after this wild ride. I´m sad to say goodbye to Porter, Bishop, Nash and others. But looking forward to another Barker thriller masterpiece.
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  • Yvonne (It's All About Books)
    January 1, 1970
    Finished reading: August 12th 2019 "You can bury a bad thing, but those bad things have a tendency to claw their way back out of the dirt." *** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Hampton Creek Press in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! *** (view spoiler)[Hello, my name is Yvonne and I'm addicted to serial killer thrillers. Don't ask me how, don't ask me why, but every time I see the word serial killer mentioned in a blurb, my heart starts beating faster and Finished reading: August 12th 2019 "You can bury a bad thing, but those bad things have a tendency to claw their way back out of the dirt." *** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Hampton Creek Press in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! *** (view spoiler)[Hello, my name is Yvonne and I'm addicted to serial killer thrillers. Don't ask me how, don't ask me why, but every time I see the word serial killer mentioned in a blurb, my heart starts beating faster and I can't help myself but to read the whole story as soon as possible. The more disturbing, twisted and gruesome the serial killer, the happier I end up feeling after I finish it... I'm not sure what that says about me and my (possibly?) disturbing mindset, but you won't be able to stop me from getting my dose of serial killer thrillers like you can't you keep me from my cheese or chocolate either. And addicted or not, there is no doubt that this trilogy is the crème de la crème when it comes to serial killer thrillers. Holy cow, what a read!The first thing you have to know about this trilogy is that it's an absolute must reading the three books in order, because you won't be able to follow the story or get the references otherwise. Rather than three separate stories, we deal with one big plot devided into three parts and past information is crucial to keep following Sam Porter and Anson Bishop's story and properly enjoy the ride. And with each book being more twisted and brilliant than the previous one, you will be in for a treat with all three if you haven't started them yet. Exactly because this is such a fluid story divided into three parts, it is very hard to discuss the plot and character developments without giving away the plot twists of the previous two books while discussing The Sixth Wicked Child. I will keep it short to avoid spoilers, but if you haven't read the first two books yet, I suggest you skip the rest of this review just to be on the safe side.Remember those giant cliffhangers at the end of book one and two? The Sixth Wicked Child picks up right where the second story left, and starts with a bang at that. From the very first page, I found myself glued to my seat and I couldn't help myself devouring those pages like there was no tomorrow. 560 pages might seem a bit long for a thriller, but trust me, you won't find a boring minute in this brilliant final episode of the 4MK trilogy and you will enjoy every suspenseful minute of the ride. You thought the first two books were intense? Guess what, J.D. Barker found a way to take the intensity up a notch and make this third book the strongest 4MK yet. Disturbing, twisted, dark, hair-raising, shocking and one heck of a crazy ride: this series is not for the weak-hearted and it will include a healthy dose of graphic scenes, abuse and violence in general.As for the characters... I've grown close to Sam Porter, Ansom Bishop and the others over time and I enjoyed seeing them develop in The Sixth Wicked Child. I love how this final book gives us the necessary background information of Ansom's childhood and connects all the dots that were still missing. The main characters are basically all flawed, but described and developed in such a way that you cannot help yourself rooting for them and hoping everything will turn out to be okay in the end. The Sixth Wicked Child makes multiple references to the first two books, and it was great seeing everything connect and work towards the big finale. There will be a lot of twists and intense moments involved, and with the help of the diary and different POVs it's easy to get the full scope of what is happening. Guessing those twists will be another matter though, and this story will definitely have a few plot twist bomb surprises for you in store. If you have a taste for dark and disturbing thrillers and haven't had the chance to meet 4MK yet, I can highly suggest remedying that ASAP. Why? All of the above, but in short: this series is an absolute must-read for serial killer thriller fans. Go, go, GO! (hide spoiler)] P.S. Find more of my reviews here.
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  • Malina Skrobosinski
    January 1, 1970
    If I could give this 500 stars I would! You know that feeling when you've just gotten off an exhilarating rollercoaster ride, and you look over at the person you shared it with, and you immediately start gushing about the twists and turns, the unexpected, and your favorite parts? Well that was me... I was so excited when I finished this book. Immediately I was searching for someone to discuss it with, over here like... "Ohhh... Oh my Gosh! I just can't... Did that just happen?" My poor husband, If I could give this 500 stars I would! You know that feeling when you've just gotten off an exhilarating rollercoaster ride, and you look over at the person you shared it with, and you immediately start gushing about the twists and turns, the unexpected, and your favorite parts? Well that was me... I was so excited when I finished this book. Immediately I was searching for someone to discuss it with, over here like... "Ohhh... Oh my Gosh! I just can't... Did that just happen?" My poor husband, if you could have seen the look on his face. You have to understand, the man is not a reader, bless his heart though, he listened to every word. Of course, I didn't stop there, the next day at work, I was still thinking about what J.D. Barker had done to me with this finale, and I set out to find others to discuss it with. Needless to say, this was one rollercoaster ride that I wanted everyone to know about!This is a trilogy, and as such, you MUST start with The Fourth Monkey, so if you're reading this review and you haven't started this series, then I suggest you stop what you're doing, including stop reading this review, and go purchase, or head to your nearest library and pick up a copy of The Fourth Monkey and get started... NOW! Okay, where was I? Forget everything you thought you knew about Anson Bishop and Detective Sam Porter, prepare to have your mind BLOWN. I can't tell you how many times I had to pause to just appreciate how great J.D. Barker truly is at what he does. He really has a way of setting the reader up with so much anticipation and once you think he's leading you in the correct direction, guess again! I've never seen such twists delivered so deliciously! I won't give you details as to what happens with the conclusion of our beloved 4MK series... that's right... you heard me... NOTHING! But, know this, YOU! WILL! NOT! BE! DISAPPOINTED!This will FORVER be my favorite series. Well, that is unless J.D. Barker decides to give us something that is even better. Even still, I don't think I'll ever forget the emotional rollercoaster I took when reading this series. This has been an incredible journey with J.D. Barker, and I cannot thank him enough for creating this brilliant series. I'd also like to thank NetGalley and Hampton Creek Press for allowing me the opportunity to read this novel in exchange for my review! I wish I could have done a better job, but truthfully, I'm still at a loss for words... well, the right words.
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  • Elaine Tomasso
    January 1, 1970
    I would like to thank Netgalley and Hampton Creek Press for an advance copy of The Sixth Wicked Child, the third and final novel in the 4MK series.The Sixth Wicked Child takes place immediately after the events of its predecessor, The Fifth to Die. Detective Sam Porter is back in Chicago and under suspicion so FBI agent Frank Poole is now in charge of the 4MK investigation. Trying to make sense of all the information he has he is soon under pressure when more bodies are found and Anson Bishop ha I would like to thank Netgalley and Hampton Creek Press for an advance copy of The Sixth Wicked Child, the third and final novel in the 4MK series.The Sixth Wicked Child takes place immediately after the events of its predecessor, The Fifth to Die. Detective Sam Porter is back in Chicago and under suspicion so FBI agent Frank Poole is now in charge of the 4MK investigation. Trying to make sense of all the information he has he is soon under pressure when more bodies are found and Anson Bishop hands himself in with an alternative take on events.This is an interesting read which I came to love after a difficult introduction. The problem with this series is that it is one story told over three novels. I have read all the novels in order but it has a been a while since I read them so I was hazy on the detail and that left gaping holes in my knowledge at the start of this one. I wish the author had printed a “the story so far” summary at the beginning or I had re-read the others before embarking on this one as it would have left me less confused. This is a series that must be read in order and preferably in close proximity to keep the detail fresh.I must admit that I initially planned to rate this novel at 3* because of this confusion but it started to grow on me and from about half way through I was all in. The novel is told from many points of view, mostly the investigators, and they all have a very different perspective on events. For the reader this is great as you never know what is true and what isn’t, who can be trusted or how you are being manipulated. It is a real tour de force. This narrative is intercut with excerpts from Anson Bishop’s diaries from his childhood and this is an absorbing, gripping tale but is it true? The novel has twist upon twist, culminating in an explosive, unexpected (what else?) ending where everything is explained and squared away (sort of). The reader is never on firm ground.The whole series has been a rollercoaster and Mr Barker is to be commended for his imagination, skill and ingenuity in creating it. The Sixth Wicked Child is a good read which I have no hesitation in recommending.
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  • Frederick Wysocki
    January 1, 1970
    The Sixth Wicked child is an excellent end to the 4MK trilogy! I was hooked when I read The Fourth Monkey (2017). The Fifth to Die (2018) built on the SUSPENSE of finding out who the players really were and how it all would end. The Sixth Wicked Child (2019) continued to build the suspense until the very end. I found that I could not put down any of the superbly plotted novels. WARNING: non-stop TENSION from the first page to the last. Well written and well plotted with lots of twists and turns The Sixth Wicked child is an excellent end to the 4MK trilogy! I was hooked when I read The Fourth Monkey (2017). The Fifth to Die (2018) built on the SUSPENSE of finding out who the players really were and how it all would end. The Sixth Wicked Child (2019) continued to build the suspense until the very end. I found that I could not put down any of the superbly plotted novels. WARNING: non-stop TENSION from the first page to the last. Well written and well plotted with lots of twists and turns leading to an entertaining conclusion.
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  • Renee
    January 1, 1970
    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 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!I received a DRC from Hampton Creek Press through NetGalley.
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  • Meagan
    January 1, 1970
    Oh. My. GOODNESS. I couldn't put this book down- I HAD to find out what in Hades was going on. There were twists I never saw coming in a million years. And that ending!!! The conclusion to the 4MK trilogy was everything I could've asked for and more. The suspense literally kept me up at night and I had to read one more chapter, then another, then another. When I finished the book, I had to take a solid hour just to sit and process. Would I read the series again? Absolutely- I've already started. Oh. My. GOODNESS. I couldn't put this book down- I HAD to find out what in Hades was going on. There were twists I never saw coming in a million years. And that ending!!! The conclusion to the 4MK trilogy was everything I could've asked for and more. The suspense literally kept me up at night and I had to read one more chapter, then another, then another. When I finished the book, I had to take a solid hour just to sit and process. Would I read the series again? Absolutely- I've already started. Do I recommend it? Yep. Did I enjoy it? Every gruesome minute.
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  • Denise
    January 1, 1970
    I've had to take a few moments to restore my normal respiratory rate after finishing this amazing thriller. I've done absolutely nothing all day but race through the pages, each chapter ending in such a way as to taunt me with the potential for upcoming revelations and new information. Let me say that this was a most fitting conclusion to one of the best trilogies I can remember. If it's true that this is going to be a film or a miniseries, I promise I'll be one of the first in line for a ticket I've had to take a few moments to restore my normal respiratory rate after finishing this amazing thriller. I've done absolutely nothing all day but race through the pages, each chapter ending in such a way as to taunt me with the potential for upcoming revelations and new information. Let me say that this was a most fitting conclusion to one of the best trilogies I can remember. If it's true that this is going to be a film or a miniseries, I promise I'll be one of the first in line for a ticket!There is no way I can possibly give a better synopsis than the one described on this page without giving away spoilers or trying to pretend that I can reduce the totality of this incredible story down to a few descriptive paragraphs. There are so many characters and so much going on within the narrative that, not only do you need to have read the other two books prior to starting this one, you also practically need a flowchart or a whiteboard next to you! The plotting was truly masterful and this is a very complicated tale. Most of the time, I had no clue what I believed and for once, I had no idea how this was all going to come out in the end. Usually I have no problem finding the red herrings and anticipating the twists, but, hey - -J.D. Barker, you caught me napping! The characters described within this trilogy are so well-drawn that they seem real. The words that come out of their mouths make you first believe one thing, and then the doubts creep in. Whose lines can you trust? What's real and what is not. The horrendous experiences of the foster children and the huge net of law enforcement trying to figure out if Detective Sam Porter is on the level. And is Anson Bishop telling the truth? What about that diary? The different viewpoints and the flip back and forth in time add to the suspense and tension as new details come to light. There are so many names to try to remember and track, but in the hands of the author, it all comes together. This is a serial killer novel that you won't soon forget. The ending blew me away.So, if you want to read a series that begs to be read back to back, then lock your doors, turn off your phone and prepare for a wild ride on the very dark side. I had to wait between each book and I think I would have enjoyed this even more had I read them one after the other. Lucky folks out there who can do just that! Highly recommended. I think I'm going to give this trilogy a 4.5 star rating.Thank you to NetGalley and Hampton Creek Press for the e-book ARC to read and. Review.
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  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    I'm relatively knew to the reading world so forgive me as I've read two of the three in the 4MK series however for me this one banged it out so well that I think I'll go back and read the 1st The Fourth Monkey.What I loved about this was reading fellow reviewers reviews because if my blogger pals aren't into it then I'm pretty darn sure it's a good pass for me as I read over 1k books a year and can't waste my time.My friends in the book world had this one pegged as a thriller of mass proportion I'm relatively knew to the reading world so forgive me as I've read two of the three in the 4MK series however for me this one banged it out so well that I think I'll go back and read the 1st The Fourth Monkey.What I loved about this was reading fellow reviewers reviews because if my blogger pals aren't into it then I'm pretty darn sure it's a good pass for me as I read over 1k books a year and can't waste my time.My friends in the book world had this one pegged as a thriller of mass proportion and they were right.No matter the reason you must read this and don't worry if you've not read previous works as it stands alone fine in my opinion because the writing is suspenseful, the characters are dynamic, the action is thoughtful and deliberate.It all goes down with Anson Bishop are main suspect however there's plenty here that also disqualifies him. For example the across the country crimes, the way in which the victims were killed, and more.What got to me was the single message binding all these crimes together, ""Father, forgive me."I don't know about you but chilling comes to mind...If you think the party's over it's just beginning..The hospital action is next with a virus running rampant and twists around every damn corner.The other core piece of evidence is a diary which may just prove Bishop's innocence and perhaps pin it all on a rogue cop.Can Barker flush it all out?Can Sam Porter finish the job?The action is intense, the heat is sizzling, the truth is sinister but damming.I loved it all and hope you do as well.
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  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, the third book in this trilogy does not disappoint. After a slow start setting the scene from the end of the second book, the author takes us on a roller coaster of a ride with a plethora of dead bodies and suspects which keeps us guessing until all is revealed about 4MK at the end. This is one of my favourite series of all time, I never re-read books but I might have to this time to savour it all again.
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  • Colette Lamberth
    January 1, 1970
    In an ideal world I would have reread the first two books immediately before this one but to be honest I couldn’t wait I to get stuck in as soon as it hit my kindle. This is book 3 of the 4MK trilogy and you really need to have read the first two. I did have some concerns on the way through this one about where the author was going with it but ultimately I think he had the right ending. This is a great trilogy and I’m a bit envious of those new readers who will be able to read all three back to In an ideal world I would have reread the first two books immediately before this one but to be honest I couldn’t wait I to get stuck in as soon as it hit my kindle. This is book 3 of the 4MK trilogy and you really need to have read the first two. I did have some concerns on the way through this one about where the author was going with it but ultimately I think he had the right ending. This is a great trilogy and I’m a bit envious of those new readers who will be able to read all three back to back. Prepare to have your mind blown.
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  • Christine Marie
    January 1, 1970
    Holy Monkey! What a thrilling tale to tie the previous two stories together. Don’t let the length fool you. It’ll draw you in and tare your brain in multiple directions. Each time I expected one out come to find out it went in a whole new direction. I felt so many emotions on this final ride I’m sad to see it end. I’ll certainly be rereading this series again and again!
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  • Leah Hines
    January 1, 1970
    This stunning conclusion to the trilogy left me speechless. This is thriller writing at its absolute best. Told from multiple points of view, the action is non-stop as the reveals keep coming. There were so many times that I found myself questioning what I believed. All the story points are wrapped up in a more than satisfying way with a perfect ending. These complex characters draw the reader into their lives and make you invested in the outcome. This is a trilogy I will reread again and again. This stunning conclusion to the trilogy left me speechless. This is thriller writing at its absolute best. Told from multiple points of view, the action is non-stop as the reveals keep coming. There were so many times that I found myself questioning what I believed. All the story points are wrapped up in a more than satisfying way with a perfect ending. These complex characters draw the reader into their lives and make you invested in the outcome. This is a trilogy I will reread again and again. Masterfully written.
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    I would recommend this to any want a novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat and is a real page turner. It is not one those mysteries that that you have figured by page ten. Definitely will surprise you. I would certainly recommend both of books. Great characters
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  • Kay Mcleer
    January 1, 1970
    I hadn't read the previous two books but I really enjoyed reading this. The characters were great and I liked the mystery.
  • Emma Shaw
    January 1, 1970
    Oh. My. God. What an exhilarating, jaw-dropping, crazy and spectacular ride! J. D. Barker has ended the Four Monkey Killer trilogy on a bigger note than the gigantic one I was already anticipating. Not content with blowing our minds at the end of book two and leaving us wondering what on earth happens next for months, he now returns and takes everything you were thinking after the previous books’ revelations and pulls the rug from under you once more. I got book whiplash from all the twists and Oh. My. God. What an exhilarating, jaw-dropping, crazy and spectacular ride! J. D. Barker has ended the Four Monkey Killer trilogy on a bigger note than the gigantic one I was already anticipating. Not content with blowing our minds at the end of book two and leaving us wondering what on earth happens next for months, he now returns and takes everything you were thinking after the previous books’ revelations and pulls the rug from under you once more. I got book whiplash from all the twists and turns. Nothing you think you know is true. No one you trust is reliable. And you have no idea what to expect as you hold on for dear life while reading this final installment.Picking up where book two ends we soon catch up with the events of the last book and are immersed in the gruesome and brutal 4MK serial killings, a threat to unleash a virus on the general population, and the hunt for the truth about the person, or persons, behind these events. As before the story is told by multiple narrators in the present day with flashbacks in the form of Anson Bishop’s diaries; though this time we don’t know if they are real or elaborate forgeries created to distract from the real Four Monkey Killer. We also now have two suspects - Anson and Detective Sam Porter. Sam has spent years obsessively hunting 4MK but new evidence suggest this may have been a rouse and he is more involved than his team want to believe. Both men protest their innocence. Both men point their finger at the other. But who is telling the truth and who is chasing who in this deadly game of cat and mouse?Before you read this book it is vital you read The Fourth Monkey and The Fifth To Die as knowing what happened in the previous books is the only way to make sense of what happens in this one. When reading a book series, one of my favourite aspects is getting to know the recurring characters. Over the course of this trilogy I’ve particularly come to love Detective Sam Porter. He’s a well respected member of his team, dedicated cop and while he might bend the rules a little to catch the bad guy, you know he’s a good man and a good Detective. So it seemed anyway. One of the hardest parts of this book for me is having all that crumble as his true involvement with 4MK is questioned. The idea of him being the Four Monkey Killer sickened me and I honestly read this book dreading that outcome. I didn’t know who to believe and it remained that way right until the final sentence. I’ve always liked the use of diaries written by Bishop to tell his backstory and even though these were unreliable in this book, they were still some of my favourite parts to read. Learning more about what the diaries claim happened when Bishop went into the foster system, his friends and budding relationship with Libby humanised him more than previous books. He wasn’t as cold, calculated and strange and I thought that was a great way to also make the reader unsure if he was 4MK or is innocent like he claims. The Sixth Wicked Child takes you to some of the darkest corners of human nature, the despair, depravity and cruelty that lies hidden behind closed doors and the masks people wear every day. The writing and plotting is once again exquisite, cunning and captivating. The author is the master of the dark psychological thriller and has created one of the best book series I’ve ever read. I’m sad that it’s over but excited to see what he writes next. I know I will be first in line to read it.Thank you to NetGalley, Hampton Creek Press and J.D. Barker for an ebook copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Joyce
    January 1, 1970
    5 starsThis is the final entry into J.D. Barker's 4MK trilogy. It starts out with a bang. The book has a large number of characters of which to keep track. I strongly suggest that the series be read in order of the publication to get the full impact of the story. So much is going on. There are stories within stories, tendrils going in several directions at once in this book. The reader almost needs to make a chart. Several murders are committed not only in Chicago, but also in South Carolina. Th 5 starsThis is the final entry into J.D. Barker's 4MK trilogy. It starts out with a bang. The book has a large number of characters of which to keep track. I strongly suggest that the series be read in order of the publication to get the full impact of the story. So much is going on. There are stories within stories, tendrils going in several directions at once in this book. The reader almost needs to make a chart. Several murders are committed not only in Chicago, but also in South Carolina. They are very similar, but must be the work of more than one person. Does Anson Bishop, the main suspect, have a partner? How could he have physically done all the murders? Meanwhile, CSI Edwin “Kloz” Klozowski and Detective Claire Norton are in lock-down with several other people – employees and their families, at a Chicago hospital suspected of having SARS which Anson Bishop is supposed to have set loose. Detective Sam Porter is being held at the police station for breaking out a woman from prison in the last book and worse – he is suspected of her murder. Anson Bishop turns himself in to Chicago Detective Brian Nash and tells a fantastic story to lead FBI Agent Frank Poole. At the same time more bodies are turning up – four more at the hospital alone, both inside and outside the locked down facility. How could this happen? The locations where the murders have occurred have had their video cameras scrambled and important locks are unlocked. Prisoners are escaping.This book confounds the reader in some ways. Just when you think you've finally figured out who the 4MK killer is, the book instills doubt into your choice. Put on your thinking caps and fasten your seat belts for you'll go on a ride with this novel. Mr. Barker doesn't just tell a story, he paints pictures with his words. The reader is there in the action right along side of the characters – either rooting for them or giving them the raspberry. Then one must think about what makes a serial killer? Is it environment? Are people just born that way? Or perhaps a combination of both? Always thinking as I read along, I was entranced. I truly enjoyed this book and it makes a very fitting end for the series. More please, Mr. Barker. I want to extend a hearty thank you to both NetGalley and Hampton Creek Press/IBPA Members' Titles for forwarding to me a copy of this absolutely killer (!) book for me to read, enjoy and review.
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  • Sid
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my God!! What an extraordinary book this is!! And now how do any other book live up to the comparison of this entire series. When I read the first book in this series I had written "One of the best, if not the best thriller that I've read for a long time." in the review of that book. And honestly this series just kept getting better and better. This is by far the best series I have ever read and I doubt if any other series will ever be able to replace it. This piece of work is literally the w Oh my God!! What an extraordinary book this is!! And now how do any other book live up to the comparison of this entire series. When I read the first book in this series I had written "One of the best, if not the best thriller that I've read for a long time." in the review of that book. And honestly this series just kept getting better and better. This is by far the best series I have ever read and I doubt if any other series will ever be able to replace it. This piece of work is literally the work of a master and his genius is evident in the pages. Every word, every sentence, every page, every chapter is a masterpiece and an exhilarating experience. J.D. Barker just toyed with the audience and all that I did during and after every chapter was to say "damn!!" and "what in the hell is going on!!" Every time I tried to guess the heading of the story I found that I was nowhere close to being correct and in reality it just took off in another direction. When I finished the book all I could say to myself was "What in the hell did I just read!!" Hats off to you Mr Barker. You have always been one of my favourite authors from when I was introduced to you after reading the first book and now I can proudly say that you definitely are my favourite author of all time and I can't wait to see what sort of journey you decide to take us on next. But I can say for sure that you have one star-struck passenger who's already prepared to board that ship when it arrives. And heart-felt thank you to you. And a big thank you to NetGalley and Hampton Creek Press for giving me the opportunity to read this wonderful book in exchange of my honest review.
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  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    What the hell did I just read !! So twisted and clever this is a book with a devastatingly fiendish plot and it was perfect ...just 100% perfect that’s the only way I can actually describe this stunning book and just when you think it can’t get any better it damn well does and it just blew my mind !!! Superb writing that just took my breath away and fabulous characters what more can you ask for in a novel and this one has it all and a whole lot more.I knew when I first started reading it was goi What the hell did I just read !! So twisted and clever this is a book with a devastatingly fiendish plot and it was perfect ...just 100% perfect that’s the only way I can actually describe this stunning book and just when you think it can’t get any better it damn well does and it just blew my mind !!! Superb writing that just took my breath away and fabulous characters what more can you ask for in a novel and this one has it all and a whole lot more.I knew when I first started reading it was going to be good, I had loved both the previous books in the series and given them both 5 stars but I wasn’t prepared at all for just how absolutely superb this conclusion to the 4MK series was going to be and wow and wow again Mr Barker you have the mind of a genius and I just wish I had a a larger vocabulary to give you the praise you deserve but I guess you can tell I loved the book and it’s my top read of this year. The amount of times my jaw dropped while reading and the words “well I didn’t see that coming” came out of my mouth was astounding and this is why I class this book as a perfect read.Many, many thanks J D Barker for giving me so much pleasure reading this whole series and please never stop writing you are an amazing author.So if you haven’t read this series then please don’t miss out you are in for a real treat ..all the stars and more from me.My thanks to NetGalley and Hampton Creek Press for giving me the chance to read the ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
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  • Sue Blanchard
    January 1, 1970
    Thankyou to NetGalley, publishers and the author, J D Barker for the opportunity to read an advanced readers copy of The Sixth Wicked Child in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion. I could not read The Fourth Monkey and The Fifth To Die ( book one and two of the 4MK series ) fast enough. I thought they were the true epitome of what a thriller novel should be. Face paced and full of action and OMG, moments. You certainly could not predict where the author was going. I was waiting, rather i Thankyou to NetGalley, publishers and the author, J D Barker for the opportunity to read an advanced readers copy of The Sixth Wicked Child in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion. I could not read The Fourth Monkey and The Fifth To Die ( book one and two of the 4MK series ) fast enough. I thought they were the true epitome of what a thriller novel should be. Face paced and full of action and OMG, moments. You certainly could not predict where the author was going. I was waiting, rather impatiently, for the conclusion to the trilogy. I was so excited at the prospect of reviewing this book, was certainly not disappointed. What an incredible conclusion to an incredible story. The storyline was well thought out and written with well developed characters. I really loved the unpredictability of where the story was going. Just when you think you may have your head wrapped around the plot, Mr Barker would throw in something else to completely change the course of the story. And the conclusion, there is no way I saw that one coming. This is definitely a trilogy that I highly recommend. It is certainly worth the sleep deprivation as there is no way you can put the books down once you start reading. J.D Barker, a talented writer that just gets better and better. If I could give it more stars, I would. Highly recommended
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  • Carolyn
    January 1, 1970
    This truly is a riveting, explosive ending to the 4MK trilogy! Just as with the first two books, it's tightly plotted and the tension never lets up. You definitely need to read the trilogy from the beginning as this book plunges straight into the action. If it's been a while since you read the last episode you may even want to go back and refresh your memory by rereading the last couple of chapters of book two, as I had to. J.D. Barker has written an addictive and masterful thriller, weaving man This truly is a riveting, explosive ending to the 4MK trilogy! Just as with the first two books, it's tightly plotted and the tension never lets up. You definitely need to read the trilogy from the beginning as this book plunges straight into the action. If it's been a while since you read the last episode you may even want to go back and refresh your memory by rereading the last couple of chapters of book two, as I had to. J.D. Barker has written an addictive and masterful thriller, weaving many threads together and pulling off twist after twist with a LOT of bodies along the way. He must have had a clear vision of how this would all play out right from the start to be able to so ably juggle all the characters and storylines into the right place at the right time. By the end of the book the whole history of suspected serial killer Anson Bishop and detective Sam Porter will be laid out and everything will make perfect sense. Just brilliant!With many thanks to Netgalley and Hampton Creek Press for a digital ARC to read
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  • CJ
    January 1, 1970
    I loved The Fourth Monkey and its sequel The Fifth To Die so I was thrilled to discover I had been approved for the ARC of the final chapter in the series. The story hooked me from the first line and didn’t let go until the very end. It’s such a cliche to say “I couldn’t put it down” but in the 24 hours after receiving the ARC, I was either reading The Sixth Wicked Child or sleeping.If The Fifth To Die was a rollercoaster, The Sixth Wicked Child is the entire amusement park. There are surprises, I loved The Fourth Monkey and its sequel The Fifth To Die so I was thrilled to discover I had been approved for the ARC of the final chapter in the series. The story hooked me from the first line and didn’t let go until the very end. It’s such a cliche to say “I couldn’t put it down” but in the 24 hours after receiving the ARC, I was either reading The Sixth Wicked Child or sleeping.If The Fifth To Die was a rollercoaster, The Sixth Wicked Child is the entire amusement park. There are surprises, twists, flips and turns then even more surprises.The character development isn’t something I can discuss about The Sixth Wicked Child too much without huge spoilers but let me just say — wow. The 4MK series is now one of my favourite crime series, up there with Lincoln Rhyme and Bill Hodges. The Sixth Wicked Child is the perfect ending to the saga and I can’t wait to see what Barker pulls out of his hat next.If you enjoy crime thrillers then 4MK is a series that should not be missed.
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