My Review of “The Fifth to Die” by J.D. Barker Houghton Mifflin Harcourt July 10, 2018
OMG!! WOW!! YIKES!!! WARNING: Not to be read before going to sleep!!!!! Keep the lights on!! Check under the bed!! Don’t go down to the basement !! These are some of my thoughts after finishing “The Fifth to Die” by J.D. Barker. J.D. Barker’s style of writing reminds me of Stephen King. The Genres for this Novel are Thriller, Horror, Mystery, Suspense, and Fiction.
“The Fifth to Die” is a horrific, chilling, intense, frightening, edgy, thriller that had me fidgeting and gasping out loud. This is the sequel to “The Four Monkey Killer’ by J.D. Barker, which I should have read before this. Although I read this as a stand- alone, I had to play catch up, and I am sure that I missed many things. Of course I will be reading the first book. I also want to mention, I wanted to throw my Kindle at someone for the abrupt ending, and realize that I have to wait for the next novel. J.D. Barker, I hope that you are writing quickly!!!
The author describes the characters as complex and complicated. I am sure a Psychiatrist would be in heaven analyzing a few of the characters. Detective Sam Porter is obsessed with finding Anson Bishop, a serial killer with a shocking , dysfunctional childhood. The feds pull Detective Porter off the case. Several young girls have been kidnapped and a few found tortured and dead. More danger and more deaths are occurring.
Detective Sam Porter is preoccupied with finding Bishop, and feels the key to doing so is finding Bishop’s Mother. Porter has withheld from evidence Bishop’s diary which is now in his possession. Porter travels all over in his quest. There are twists and turns, and danger and well-planned out murders.
I would recommend this novel to readers that enjoy chilling thrillers. I received this ARC from NetGalley for my honest review.