Heart Stopping Stuff
The Fifth To Die by J.D. Barker is a contemporary psychological murder thriller that will have your heart racing as you speed through the action. It is the sequel to The Fourth Monkey and the second book in the Detective Porter series. I had not read the first book but the gaps in my knowledge were filled in as I read.
With a modern day Houdini committing crimes and the body count rising, the detectives and the reader seemed powerless. We, along with the police, knew the identity of one of the perpetrators as it was apparently revealed in book one, but seemed to be always one step behind.
The action came thick and fast. At times I found it hard to follow but I think that was because I had not read book one… oh how I wish I had now! I did keep up and was glued and guessing to the very end as the plot thickened.
The plotline was intricately constructed and the characters well drawn. Some elicit feelings of disgust from the reader and raised the question of ‘why?’ The detectives were realistically drawn, dedicated to their job, and occasionally going off piste.
As I read to the conclusion of the book, I encountered some jaw dropping moments. The action continues into book three and all I can say is… write quickly please J.D. Barker as I want to read more!
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.