Review: The Sixth Wicked Child (4MK Thriller #3) by J.D. Barker

sixth wicked child.jpgHear 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.


I can’t believe that this series is now over.

What a way to end an incredible series! This final installment was so intense that it had my heart racing from the first to the last page. The story begins with bodies showing up in public places. They are posed with the 4MK signature. This time, the words ‘Father Forgive Me’ are also prominently displayed around the bodies. Anson Bishop is the obvious villain in this series. However, this wasn’t so clear in this book. I found myself wondering who else he was working with. I knew it wouldn’t be someone easy to guess and yes, my jaw dropped at the reveal.

The Sixth Wicked Child was one twisty ride. It is narrated in two timelines which helped in connecting the dots. In the past timeline, readers get to follow the events that explain the current murders. We also get to understand the fascination that Bishop seems to have with Sam Porter. A lot of red herrings along the way had my thoughts running wild. Certain events around Porter almost gave me a headache.

The ending was bittersweet. It was satisfactory and everything wrapped up well with such a tense final scene. However, after all the adrenaline, the sadness came in. I wasn’t ready for this series to end. I knew it had to end but it was such an entertaining read and I would have wished for another book. All good things must come to an end though, right?

I can’t recommend the 4MK series enough. It is brilliant, chilling, captivating, twisty and overall, quite well-written. A real page-tuner! You have to read all 3 books in order but I assure you, the ride is totally worth it.

I can’t wait to see what else J.D. Barker comes up with. Well done, Mr. Barker and thank you for the brilliant series.


20 thoughts on “Review: The Sixth Wicked Child (4MK Thriller #3) by J.D. Barker

  1. I loved your review, Diana! This is one of my favorite series ever and I agree that Barker wrote a brilliant series. He wrapped it up excellently, and I too can’t wait for what he writes next.

    1. Thanks Carla. Yes, this series is continuous so you will need to read the first 2 books first. I hope that you will get the chance to do so though.

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