A break and consider whether every single thing I believed up to then was completely wrong Yes this book was a mind fuck alore in the best possible wayWhile I did figure out some things others were extremely well hidden until the very endAs far as a thriller series The Bodhisattva's Brain : Buddhism Naturalized goes this one was uttereniusSo and this is a bit of irony I can t explain about the same time I started reading THE SIXTH WICKED CHILD I discovered the song FRAGILE MINDS by Silent Theory Luckily the first time I saw it on YouTube it was the lyric video because I don t think I would have Dark Tapestry (Colin and Leora Mysteries) given this song a fair chanceWhy you askThe music pianouitar and drums was brilliant But the lead singer s voice sounded so well weak I mean it took my while to figure out why it bothered me so much and it came to me about a week later His voice made me think of The Lightning SeedsHowever the lyrics were so dark and for reasons we won t discuss spoke to me I listened to that song every single day since and it has rown on me sooooo muchWell with lyrics likeDoes it hurt I don t know and where do we oWe don t tease fragile minds with such thingsSomebody save me or end meI haven t yet made up my mindWill I be an end to someone s destinyWho s to knowWell while it is being developed as a TV series I want to throw in my two cents here and say that this will make a GREAT theme songJust sayin Ladies and entlemen if you are a thriller fan et these three books and read them in order they will blow your mind EXCERPT Tray didn t see her at first the irl kneeling at the water s edge facing away Long blonde hair trailing down her back She looked like one of the statues unmoving facing the pond like that Her skin was so pale nearly white almost as colourless as her white dress She wore no shoes on her bare feet no coat only the white dress made of a material so thin it was nearly translucent Her hands were clasped together near her breasts as if lost in prayer her head tilted to one side Tray didn t speak but drew closer Close enough to realise the thin layer of snow that covered everything else covered this irl too And when she circled around to her side she realised it wasn t a irl at all but a woman The stark whiteness of her every inch of her was broken by the thin line of red stretching from under her hair down the side of her face There was another line from the side of her left eye a stream of red tears and yet a third from the corner of her mouth this one painting her lips the brightest rose Something was written on her forehead Wait not written At her knees sitting in the snow was a silver serving tray The kind you might find at a fancy dinner party a high priced restaurant the sort of place Tray already knew even at fourteen she d never see outside of television or the movies On that tray were three small white boxes Each sealed tight with black string Behind the boxes propped up against the woman s chest was a cardboard sign not unlike the ones Tray had held to raise money for food Only she had never used these three particular words before The sign simply readFATHER FORGIVE ME ABOUT THIS BOOK 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 MY THOUGHTS My head is still spinning than twenty four hours after finishing this book Barker led me down the arden path chewed me up and spat me out And not just onceWarning if you haven t read the first two books in this series The Fourth Monkey and Fifth to Die don t start with this the final part of the trilogy You need to read all of them in order And if it is some time since you read the first two I recommend a refresherwhich is what I should have done and didn t I struggled at times to remember who was who and whom had done what from the earlier books And although I loved this book it would have been a far easier read had I done that recap This is not a simple story It is riveting compelling and convoluted I was sure of no one There is much conflicting evidence and stories The twists and turns are masterful I vaguely recall a story from my childhood about a snake that ate itself by swallowing its own tail There are parallels This is a series that deserves a binge read I plan on taking it on my next holiday and doing it justice And I am uite sure that once I have finished I will be rerating The Sixth Wicked Child to the full five or stars it richly deserves The fault is all mine 5 TheSixthWickedChild NetGalley THE AUTHOR JD Barker is the international best selling author of numerous novels including FORSAKEN and THE FOURTH MONKEY His latest novel DRACUL co authored with Dacre Stoker released October 2018 His next novel THE SIXTH WICKED CHILD releases in August He is currently collaborating with James Patterson His novels have been translated into two dozen languages and optioned for both film and television Barker resides in coastal New Hampshire with his wife Dayna and their daughter EmberA note from JDAs a child I was always told the dark could not hurt me that the shadows creeping in the corners of my room were nothing than just that shadows The sounds nothing than the settling of our old home creaking as it found comfort in the earth only to move again when it became restless if ever so slightly I would never sleep without closing the closet door oh no the door had to be shut tight The darkness lurking inside needed to be held at bay the whispers silenced Rest would only come after I checked under the bed at least twice and uickly wrapped myself in the safety of the sheets which no monster could penetrate pulling them tight over my headI would never The GI Bride go down to the basementNeverI had seen enough movies to know better I had read enough stories to know what happens to little boys who wandered off into dark dismal places alone And there were stories so many storiesReading was my sanctuary a place where I could disappear for hours at a time lost in the pages of aood book It didn t take long before I felt the urge to create my owni first began to write as my ownI first began to write as child spinning tales of hosts and remlins mystical places and people For most of us that s where it begins as children we have such wonderful imaginations some of us have simply found it hard to row up I ve spent countless hours trying to explain to friends and family why I enjoy it why I would rather lock myself in a uiet little room and put pen to paper for hours at a time
Than Throw Around A Baseball Or Simply throw around a baseball or simply television Don t et me wrong sometimes I want to do just that sometimes I wish for it but even then the need to write is always there in the back of my mind the characters are impatiently tapping their feet waiting their turn wanting to be heard I wake in the middle of the night and reach for the pad beside my bed sometimes scrawling page after page of their words their lives Then they re uiet if only for a little while To stop would mean madness or even worse the calm numbing sanity I see in others as they slip through the day without purpose They don t know what it s like they don t understand Something as simple as a pencil can open the door to a new world can create life or experience death Writing can take you to places you ve never been introduce you to people you ve never met take you back to when you first saw those shadows in your room when you first heard the sounds mumbling ever so softly from your closet and it can show you what uttered them It can scare the hell out of you and that s when you know it s oodDISCLOSURE Thank you to Hampton Creek Press IBPA via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of The Sixth Wicked Child by JD Barker for review All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions For an explanation of my rating system please refer to profile page on Goodreadscom or the about page on sandysbookadaywordpresscomThis review and others are also published on Twitter and my webpag. 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. 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 ood 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 The Million Dollar Goal (The Million Dollar Series, 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 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 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 homelessirl 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 uestions 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 uarantined in the hospital with Detectives Clair Norton and Edwin KlozowskiAs 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 The Selected Poems 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 First and foremost a large thank you to NetGalley JD Barker and Hampton Creek Press for providing me with a copy of this publication which allows me to provide you with an unbiased reviewAs the riveting 4MK trilogy comes to an end JD 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 toain momentum the obvious suspect remains Anson Bishop who turns himself in to the authorities However there are 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 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 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 A Shark Never Sleeps: Wheeling and Dealing with the NFL's Most Ruthless Agent 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 sone undetected and how many
other lives havelives have cut short A troubling novel though one that fits right into the series and allows Barker to show just how sadistic things can My Jihad: The True Story of An American Mujahid's Amazing Journey from Usama Bin Laden's Training Camps to Counterterrorism with the FBI and CIA get with a serial killeriven the opportunity Recommended to series fans and those who want out of their comfort zoneThe 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 rowing list of books to read From the outset the story pulled me in and kept me wanting to know especially since the serial killer stood out as being highly uniue in their actions and the thrill of the chase Returning as a uasi their actions and the thrill of the chase Returning as a uasi again Sam Porter offers the reader some insight into his personality and desire to et 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 Nine Ghosts 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 thelory 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 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 I love this techniue as I find myself devouring things without being able to stop promising myself and those around me that one 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 Las Maravillosas Obras de Dios: Historias B�blicas Para La Familia great writing strong narrativeuidance and a plot that has twists than it does answers Not to be missed for those who have the stomach for the adventureKudos Mr Barker on another شرح جامع مثنوى معنوى great book I have loved everything of yours to date and cannot wait to discover Lovehate the review An everrowing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons a different sort of Book Challenge The Wicked Sixth Child picks up where The Fifth to Die ends off and brings this exciting series to a conclusion I started off The New Song: For the Sunday School, Societies of Christian Endeavor, and Other Religious Exercises (Classic Reprint) grooving to pace of the story and intrigued by the turn the story started to take The pace slowed and started to dally along for me and felt a little bit like I was being strung along instead of feeling the suspense to the story At 628 pages I could have done with a few fewer words at the beginning of the story I became a bit frustrated with the jigging and jaggingoing on Well JD Barker tightened those strings and the pace picked and things started zigging and zagging along and I couldn t turn the pages fast enough to see what s next The unrelenting tension and suspense rise as those shocking reveals are revealed and secrets start to come out The body counts rise and at times it felt like I was on a merry Riding Hard go around and spinning around so fast my head started toet dizzy but I just couldn t jump off till the motives behind the Four Monkey Killer are revealed Once I jump off I was running around cheering for how everything comes together so well I highly recommend this series I received a copy from the publisher on Netgalley 45 starseverything is normal when you don t know any better Isn t that the truthFirst 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 ot. In the riveting conclusion of the 4MK trilogy Barker takes the thriller to an entirely new level 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 EvilFound written on cardboard near. ,
Arabian Challenge 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 isoing 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 trustworthyAs this book continues we learn 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 oing 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 seeread what else he has up his sleeveAnother 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 reat 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 Der Verlorene Koffer: A Graded Reader for Beginning Students gets high marks for originalityCan I just say I am slightly jealous of the people who have not read this series as they willet 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 plusA brilliant end to a brilliant series Highly recommendThank you to JD 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 My thanks to Hampton Creek Press Mr Barker and Netgalley I have loved this trilogy from the ILLERAMMA Kathalu geto The people both American Literature Student Text good and bad are all in their own way very likable to just downright lovable The story This story is not something I ve come across in all my years of reading Barker is the real deal Funny thing is that everything I want to say about this last book could be a spoiler This is one of the few times that I wish I was in a book club I did appreciate the ending One thing that bothered me in the end was how all these plans came together It was a bit unrealistic for me Normally this wouldn t be a deal breaker butthe first 2 books were so real Still without discussing the why s and wherefores this book rocked Mr Barker has my undivided attention Where he leads I will follow Don t read this book unless you ve read the first 2 This really is one of the best things I ve ever read DNF 57%Youuys I can t finish itIt s so friggin long and in this case bigger isn t better Easily 200 pages could have been shaved off this book What sucks is that I LOVE THE STORY and am so curious as to how it s all Cheyenne: A Sweet Historical Romance going to play out but not enough to continueI ve struggled with this series from book one and it s the same issue with every book There a way too many storylinesoing on and it really detracts from my ability to become invested in the characters There s no sense of tension in the writing no nail biting frantic page flipping urgency to The Battle of Maldon and Other Old English Poems get to the truth Barkerave me what I asked for in my review of installment one and that was Anson Bishop the serial killeror is he He has remained the most fascinating aspect of this story The chapters featuring his diary entries are so compelling I could read an entire book of nothing but those I m oing to skip iving this one a star rating This is absolutely a case of it s not you it s me This series is loved by all and I don t discourage anybody from picking it upDespite my inability to connect with this series I look forward to Barker s next book I like the way his mind works and I think the best is yet to come I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review uestion Everything The Sixth Wicked Child is the final book of the 4MK trilogy My reading Experience The first word that comes to mind when thinking about this book is long winded It is way too long and could have been cut down significantly For the first half of the book I felt like I was being strung along of the book I felt like I was being strung along to drag things out I was Black Wings of Cthulhu getting uite frustrated and had to force myself to continue reading I loved the first two books in this series so there was no way I wasoing to Girl on the Verge give up but I was tempted Finally at the 60% mark Iot sucked inThe Characters As always I loved reading Bishop s diaries Also shared are Clair Nash Poole and As always I loved reading Bishop s diaries Also shared are Clair Nash Poole and s POVs The reader doesn t et to experience much of Porter until the end and this contributed to why I was struggling I could have lived with just reading Porter and Bishop s narratives and done without all of the others The plot Long Sometimes boring Sometimes frustrating Complex with many threads many POV s and many characters The plot is supposed to make the reader uestion everything about what they thought they knew about a certain character but I always knew the truth I never wavered All of the threads and loose ends come together too easily and neatly However there is a payoff that makes this book worth reading Overall The Sixth Wicked Child offers a satisfying conclusion to the 4MK series I will miss these characters and look forward to reading by Barker in the future I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review An Explosive
AND FITTING END TO THE 4MKFitting End to the 4MK let me start off by saying that this book was lengthy and at times I certainly felt it BUT I am so lad I stuck with it in the end it was worth the time I dedicated to not only this book but the whole trilogy Suspense builds and tension is at an all time high as we are forced to uestion what we know and what we think we know about ALL the key players in this series Barker masterfully connects dots here that were put into play beginning with Book 1 This is not a standalone book you MUST read the first 2 books to fully appreciate all the elements at play in this finale I wholeheartedly appreciated that everything was wrapped up and all uestions were answered especially after all the mind play The Quickie (Sexy and Short Erotica Story) going on in this book Anson Bishop and Sam Porter were well developed formidable adversaries I enjoyed how Barker took us on a journey that upended everything we thought we knew and made us ultimately not only feel for the baduy but uestion who was really the ood uy in it all So although this one isn t as fast moving as Books 1 2 it proved to be a satisfying end to a series that I really enjoyed Thank you to JD Barker Hampton Creek Press and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review an arc of this book Cut me openand you ll finda brain heart liver lungsand a knife in the spineFRAGILE MINDS by Silent TheoryAbsolute complete and utter brillianceThis is the conclusion of the 4MK trilogy and there are some things I need to sayThese books need to be read in order because this is basically one big ass story I don t agree with the page counts on GR because on my Kindle the first book was over 400 pages the second over 500 pages and the third over 600 pages which makes this story a 1500 page monster and every single one of them was necessary for this storyI also read that this series was being developed as a TV series but I ll say a little about that laterWow when I read the first book it was because of all the The witchfinder great reviews and I enjoyed it very much Barker is areat reat writer And this story with all its intricacies and characters was brilliantly plotted and pacedWhen I was halfway through this third book ie about 1200 pages into this story I had to take. 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 milesSpeak 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. .