I didn't know what to expect when I read about The Fourth Monkey, but since it took place in Chicago, involved a serial killer, and was described as "Se7en meets Silence of the Lambs", I had to make its acquaintance. I'm also glad I read it during the light of day because it was profoundly disturbing and equal parts compelling. It did not disappoint on any level.
Detective Sam Porter has been on the FMK Task Force for over five years when he gets a call that the man they believe is the killer has committed suicide by stepping in front of a bus. Further inspection brings proof that there is another young victim somewhere in Chicago..with only a short amount of time to live if the detective and his team can't figure out who and where his last victim is at. Porter, while fighting his own ghosts, keeps knocking down roadblock upon roadblock, and still, things aren't making sense. There's definitely more going on behind multiple doors in this one, and nothing is guaranteed. You think you have it figured out, and then another domino comes out of nowhere and knocks over everything the team has settled. It's hard to go wrong with this dark and unsettling debut in a new series from Barker.