Book review: The Fifth to Die, J.D. Barker - The second in the fabulous Detective Sam Porter series.
A missing girl is discovered frozen under the ice of the Jackson Park lagoon and Detective Sam Porter and his team catch the case. turns out all is not as it seems, for the girl was placed under the frozen lake after it froze and she's wearing the clothes belonging to a girl who has only recently been reported missing.
The investigation is intense and Sam's already tense relations with the FBI result in him going off the grid. (I'm missing out huge aspects of the plot here so you can fully enjoy The Fourth Monkey)
The Fifth to Die is all about the unreliable narrator at it's best. By using a childhood diary as a plot device, Barker weaves a complex, immensely satisfying narrative that makes us question and second guess ourselves at every turn. With themes of loyalty, anger, retribution combined with red herrings and misdirection this is a flawless piece of fiction that kept me up at night to finish it. Each of Barker's characters has their own unique identity that makes their interactions authentic, at times humerous and often shocking.
The Fifth to Die, is my favourite serial killer novel of 2018, so far.