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The Fifth To Die, J.D. Barker | Book Review

The Fifth To Die opening line: Darkness


My blurb:

Anson Bishop is Detective Sam Porter’s nemesis. But when Sam and his team are called in to investigate a murder, Sam believes there is a new killer on the loose. Sam let Anson free to save someone’s life and he has not let the case go. He is in direct violation of orders and it’s going to cost him. Probably more than his badge.

The Fifth To Die

Murder. It’s a family affair.

In the midst of one of the worst winters Chicago has seen in years, the body of missing teenager Ella Reynolds is discovered under the surface of a frozen lake.
She’s been missing for three weeks… the lake froze over three months ago.
Detective Sam Porter and his team are brought in to investigate but it’s not long before another girl goes missing. The press believes the serial killer, Anson Bishop, has struck again but Porter knows differently. The deaths are too different, there’s a new killer on the loose.
Porter however is distracted. He’s still haunted by Bishop and his victims, even after the FBI have removed him from the case. His only leads: a picture of a female prisoner and a note from Bishop: ‘Help me find my mother. I think it’s time she and I talked.’
As more girls go missing and Porter’s team race to stop the body count rising, Porter disappears to track down Bishop’s mother and discover that the only place scarier than the mind of a serial killer is the mind of the mother from which he came.

My verdict:

The Fifth To Die was such a well written novel that it made me want to read the one preceding it. And I convinced Dave to do the same. I would suggest starting with The Fourth Monkey but it is not necessary. The end is a cliffhanger and I cannot wait for the next book.

Publishing information:

ISBN 9780008250393

Disclosure: I was sent the book to review by Jonathan Ball Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

Dave and I are away for motor racing. We will be back at work on the 30th of November. I will start replying to comments then.

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