The Sixth Wicked Child (A 4MK Thriller Book 3) by J.D. Barker #BookReview

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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.

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Wowza, what a novel! A brilliant and perfect ending to one of my most liked book series. There’s so much to take in and wrap your head around in this one, it seriously had my thoughts in a twist. I really had no doubt it was going to be good but I didn’t know it was going to be this good. The Sixth Wicked Child might be the third and last novel in the trilogy but all three novels have very strong plotlines and every one of them is a thrill to read if you like your reads very dark and about a really disturbed killer.

Just like in his previous books, there are also more than 500 pages in this novel but it was never boring, not even for a minute, not even slightly, it was in fact a right exhilirating read from start to finish.

The Sixth Wicked Child mainly brings the background story of a young Anson and about detective Sam Bishop’s past as well. In the present both characters are set up against the other in the most wondrous way. The author really messes with the readers in this one, in what to believe, making us wonder from the very first pages if we actually really know without any doubt if the 4MK killer is all that he seems. Is the bad guy really the bad guy and the good guy, the one we so cheered for and held in our hearts (because he’s a bit of an underdog after all), all that he claims to be? Isn’t there a little bit of bad in everyone? All registers are open, everything is possible and while I didn’t want to believe it could be any other way, surely, knowing this author’s capabilities I knew better than the rule the other possibility out.

In the novel there are multiple plotlines once again, which means there’s a lot to follow and try to work out in your head. You have the FBI working the case with Metro (Nash and Frank Poole) and then there’s a team working at the hospital (Clair and Kloz), and then Anson and Bishop each have their own agenda as well.

I finally received all the answers and hearing the truth in this novel really gutted me. The reason why 4MK drops 3 boxes with every victim, and the reason for all those murders is suddenly pretty plausible. I loved the diary entries from a young Anson again and I couldn’t help feeling touched when I read everything he and Kristina, Tegan, Libby, Vincent, Paul, Weasel and The Kid had to go through. I didn’t know how Bishop would fit in with this story for the longest time though, or how this story was going to end because one of them, Anson or Bishop would be the last one standing, in my mind. The author kept me in suspense, only to deliver a phenomenal ending that I didn’t see coming at all in the last chapters.

I received a free ecopy of this novel via the Read Now section of Netgalley. This is my honest opinion.


24 thoughts on “The Sixth Wicked Child (A 4MK Thriller Book 3) by J.D. Barker #BookReview

      • I had to stop with this one, and I’m shell-shocked!! I read the other two and they got five stars. I was so excited about the conclusion, but I got lost with this😭 I felt I’d left it too long as I was struggling to remember who was who and who did what. I’m not giving up, hell no because I LOVE Barkers writing but I’m even considering re-reading books 1 & 2 and going straight into 3 so I’ve got fresh memories! I suck and trilogies for this reason, everything I read in between aids in wiping out important information it seems! 😂 So glad you enjoyed it, and jealous too 🤣

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      • I know what you mean, I had exactly the same thing when I read the third novel Endgame in that other series. I didn’t know everything here either but I didn’t really mind as the plot really took me someplace else (after Anson was placed and before the killings started) and that got me invested. I’m so happy to hear you don’t intend to give up, the story is so touching and worth the read, you’ll be glad you made the effort 😘

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  1. Great review Inge! It is nice when a series can keep up the high quality all the way through, this isn’t always the case. I hate being disappointed by the last book in a series. Multiple plot lines often work well for me – if there are too many different characters involved my muddled brain may get confused though 😉

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    • I don’t think there’s a chance for confusion about multiple plotlines here, the only moment of doubt for me was figuring out who was working for the FBI and who for Metro again 😋 You’re right, there’s often a novel that’s just not on the same level (I heard it a lot about Force of Nature) but that’s not the case here!

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  3. Brilliant review!
    I really need to catch up with this series…I’ve only read the first one, which I loved, but I have seen how the 2&3 book really held their own!
    I’m slightly afraid to read this one, especially what you say about all the options being open about who’s really the bad&good guy… but sounds positively heart-pounding! 🙂

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