The Fifth to Die
by J.D. Barker

I. HAVE. NO. WORDS. None at all. The Fifth to Die by J.D. Barker is simply an amazing book.

Honestly, what the heck!? WHAT AN ENDING and WHAT A CLIFFHANGER. I have SO many questions that I don’t even know where to begin. Who? What? Wait, how did that happen!? WOW.

This book, this series, is absolutely INCREDIBLE and I urge everyone to read it. There is no way to explain what this book or series is about, you just need to go in blindly and read it.  A fair warning is that these books are very dark, gritty, and graphic in their descriptions… but that is what I love SO much about them.  They just draw you in.

J.D. Barker is a master at writing. This series is so detailed, so intricate, and I can’t even imagine how he started to plan this or even write it. Every little thing is tied together so beautifully, and little details that were present in the beginning, and even laced throughout, connect to other sections of the book in such creative ways that just blow me away.

Check out the synopsis below ↓


In the thrilling sequel to The Fourth Monkey, a new serial killer stalks the streets of Chicago while Detective Porter delves deeper into the dark past of the Four Monkey Killer.

Detective Porter and his team have been pulled from the hunt for Anson Bishop, the Four Monkey Killer, by the feds.  When the body of a young girl is found beneath the frozen waters of Jackson Park Lagoon, she is quickly identified as Ella Reynolds, missing three weeks. But how did she get there? The lagoon froze months earlier.  More baffling: She’s found wearing the clothes of another girl, missing less than two days.  While the detectives of Chicago Metro try to make sense of the developing case, Porter secretly continues his pursuit of 4MK, knowing that the best way to find Bishop is to track down his mother.  When the captain discovers Porter’s activities, he’s suspended, leaving his partners Clair and Nash to continue the search for the new killer without him.

Obsessed with catching Bishop, Porter follows a single grainy photograph from Chicago to the streets of New Orleans and stumbles into a world darker than he could have possibly imagined, where he soon realizes that the only place more frightening than the mind of a serial killer is the mind of the serial killer’s mother.

Brilliant. Complicated. Psychopath. This character is truly riveting.

— Marc Webb

This book (and series!) is just amazing and everyone should read them. I cannot wait to see what happens in the third book!

— Rebekah Dolmat

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