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Synopsis: For over five years, the Four Monkey Killer has terrorized the residents of Chicago. When his body is found, the police quickly realize he was on his way to deliver one final message, one which proves he has taken another victim who may still be alive.As the lead investigator on the 4MK task force, Detective Sam Porter knows even in death, the killer is far from finished. When he discovers a personal diary in the jacket pocket of the body, Porter finds himself caught up in the mind of a psychopath, unravelling a twisted history in hopes of finding one last girl, all while struggling with personal demons of his own.With only a handful of clues, the elusive killer’s identity remains a mystery. Time is running out and the Four Monkey Killer taunts from beyond the grave in this masterfully written fast-paced thriller.

My review: My second review today and the second one where I need to add the authors back catalogue to my to-be-read pile. This is one of those books that keeps you up at night…especially on a work night when you really should be getting some sleep but need to know how it all ends. I read the book in a  day….on a week day with work in between. It’s that good.

Partly because of the writing style. The book is essentially in two parts – the murder mystery race against time to save the girl and the diary of the murderer telling the story of a pivotal time in his life. And that’s where the book worked for me. I love diary style writing. I have an inability to stop reading. I just need to read one more entry but by breaking it up with the current day events I had to keep reading to get my diary fix.

There’s some good plot twists, it’s very fast paced. The detectives need to solve the clues and rescue the girl in just a few days. One of the other things I enjoyed so much was the relationships between the 3 detectives. I don’t know if it’s in the works but I really would like to see/read them in other stories. They just worked so well together, great dialogue and the friendships really come across well in the writing.

Just bloody brilliant. Loved it.

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