The Sixth Wicked Child by J.D. Barker #review

The Sixth Wicked Child

Title: The Sixth Wicked Child
Author: J.D. Barker
Series: 4MK Thriller #3
Publisher: Hampton Creek Press

[Synopsis]

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

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. 

[My Review]

The final in the 4MK Thriller series is brought to a crescendo of a close in The Sixth Wicked Child. The characters we have got to know over the past few books return, and things are as crazy as ever as we don’t know who to trust.

I’d definitely recommend reading this as part of the series, not as a standalone. I had forgotten a lot of what had happened in previous novels so I struggled to work out who everyone was and what was happening. At over 600 pages, this is also a long novel – I felt like some of it could be cut down, as it took the reader away from the more exciting parts.

However, for fans of the series, you won’t be disappointed at this plot – it’s as complex and impactful as ever. I have no idea how JD Barker kept a grip on all the different parts of the story, but he managed! There are some twists and red herrings to keep you guessing, and it’s an entertaining read with lots of trademark 4MK Thriller craziness – I just felt it could have been trimmed down a little.


Many thanks to Hampton Creek Press for providing a copy of this novel, on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review.

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