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review 2019-06-15 05:37
Achtbare Fortsetzung
The Fourth Monkey. Das Mädchen im Eis - J.D. Barker

In Chicago sind die Winter kalt. Daher herrschen hier seit Monaten arge Minustemperaturen, die selbst umliegende Gewässer zufrieren lassen. Eine eingefrorene Mädchenleiche wird in einem See entdeckt. Doch wie kann es sein, wenn das Mädchen erst wenige Wochen verschwunden ist? Ist The-Fourth-Monkey-Killer wieder am Werk?

"Das Mädchen im Eis" ist der zweite Teil der Reihe um den Four Monkey Killer oder 4MK genannt, der mit seinen Opfern knallharte Spielchen spielt.

Ich habe zu diesem Buch gegriffen, weil mich der erste Band absolut begeistert hat. Darin gibt 4MK sein Debüt als Serienkiller, der Leser lernt den Hauptermittler Porter kennen, und J. D. Barker weiß mit gekonntem Erzählstil, geschickten Perspektiven und ungewöhnlicher Dynamik durch das Tagebuch des Killers zu überzeugen.

Diesmal wird eine Mädchenleiche in einem zugefrorenen See gefunden. Was auf den ersten Blick - bis auf den abscheulichen Tatbestand - nicht ungewöhnlich wirkt, wird bei genauerer Betrachtung äußerst mysteriös. Ella Reynolds - die Leiche - ist erst wenige Wochen vermisst, während der See bereits monatelang zugefrorenen ist.

Allein schon dieses Rätsel gemeinsam mit der Polizei zu lösen hat mir großen Spaß gemacht. Es wird eifrig analysiert, Theorien werden aufgestellt, neue Indizien kommen hinzu, bis sich ein Steinchen ins andere fügt, und ein überzeugendes Mosaik ergibt.

Im Gegensatz zum ersten Fall kommt 4MK kaum zu Wort. Mir haben bei "The Fourth Monkey. Geboren, um zu töten" im Besonderen die Tagebucheinträge gefallen. Sie hatten ein bisschen Coming-of-Age-Charakter auf düsterem Niveau. Darauf muss man diesmal verzichten, obwohl es relativ spät in der Story zu einer ähnlichen Herangehensweise des Autors kommt.

Ermittler Sam Porter rückt in den Mittelpunkt. Diesmal zieht er sein eigenes Ding durch, wobei er zum Glück weitab von den gängigen Klischees unterwegs ist. Man erfährt mehr über seine Motivation, seine Geschichte und wie es ihn zur Polizei von Chicago getrieben hat. Diese Zwischentöne sind exzellent eingebaut, ohne den Schwung aus der eigentlichen Handlung zu nehmen.

Die Handlung entspricht einem großartigen Thriller, der von der Serienmörderjagd, interessanten - wenn auch grausigen - Ereignissen und mysteriösen Fragen lebt. Mir hat's etwas an spannenden Wendungen gefehlt, die mir am ersten Teil imponiert haben. Der Autor hat sich zwar redlich Mühe gegeben und einen soliden Thriller geschrieben, kann aber mit seiner Steilvorlage am Reihenbeginn nicht ganz mithalten.

Wen dieses Buch interessiert, muss unbedingt wissen, dass 4MK nichts für empfindliche Leser ist. Es gibt abstoßende Verstümmelungen, Grauen erregende Leichenfunde und abscheulich-ausweglose Situationen, die man aus der Opfer-Perspektive erlebt. 

Schlussendlich ist „Das Mädchen im Eis“ eine achtbare Fortsetzung, die durch den Rätsel-Charakter und die Zwischentöne der Figuren zu überzeugen weiß. Wer 4MK bereits kennt, sollte sich seinen weiteren Werdegang nicht entgehen lassen.

 
 
Bisher in der The-Fourth-Monkey-Reihe erschienen:
1) The Fourth Monkey. Geboren, um zu töten [Rezension lesen]
2) Das Mädchen im Eis. The Fourth Monkey
Source: zeit-fuer-neue-genres.blogspot.com
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review 2019-04-30 18:32
Dracul by Dacre Stoker & J.D. Barker
Dracul - Clive Barker,Dacre Stoker

This is the prequel to Dracula and it was inspired by notes and other tidbits Stoker left behind. I wasn’t sure what to expect and went in blind to what the actual storyline was about which, if you ask me, is often the best way to go into a book. That way it’s all a surprise. It could be a pleasant surprise or a dreadful one depending on the book. This one was a bit of both, haha (but dreadful in the best of ways). The Horror Aficionados group read this together. Click here to read everyone’s thoughts.

 

I’ll tell you a little but not too much about the plot because I think you should all go in blind too and allow the tale to unfold. Dracul tells the story of a young Bram Stoker and his siblings. Set in the 1800’s when Bram is an ill little boy being cared for “Nana” Ellen because his mom is overwhelmed. Nana Ellen was hired without anyone checking into her background. And you know that means something weird is bound to happen, right? Cue the creepy music because the creepy is coming and once it starts it doesn’t let up!

 

After a strange event occurs, Bram and Matilda start to snooping. And I’m just going to interrupt my review here to say that I adored Bram’s sister Matilda. It would’ve been amazing if the story had been told mostly from her POV because she is feisty and smart and nosey as hell and she asks all the best questions. But it’s told from several POV’s and that’s ok too because it’s a good story. Anyhow, the snooping of course leads to more snooping and the discovery of many odd things. None of which I am going to disclose.


With that said, if you’ve read Dracula or seen any vampire film, you’ll likely have an inkling and some insight into what’s going on here but it’s the telling that is all the fun. It’s descriptive and gruesome and the atmosphere is done just right. It digs right down into the dirt and worms and throws you in there, setting up some truly squirmy scenes that will crawl into your brain and settle in – maybe permanently. I love it when a book is able to do that to me.


I listened to Dracul as an unabridged audiobook with a host of different narrators and instead of distracting me as this sort of thing sometimes does, the six (I think there were six but am too lazy to look it up) narrators helped me quickly place who was speaking and let me know which timeline we were currently in. The tale does skip around in time and I am the type who is easily confused but not so in this case. I fell into this story from the very beginning and only wish I could’ve listened to it all in one sitting but it’s over 16 hours long! Even I can’t hide from life that long no matter how hard I might try because they always find me.


And my favorite quote comes from Matilda (of course!):


“If you won’t dig it up I will.”


Read it. I don’t think you will be disappointed.

 

I purchased this audio from Audible.com. All thoughts are my own.

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review 2019-04-28 15:31
DRACUL by Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker
Dracul - Clive Barker,Dacre Stoker

I'm keeping this one short and sweet! I loved it!

 

If you enjoyed Dracula, then you most likely will enjoy DRACUL as well.

I loved the premise of it and the execution. My only issue, and it's a small one, is that it took me a little longer than usual to get into it, but then the prose and my dark imagination kicked into gear and I was mesmerized.

 

Highly recommended!

 

*I bought this book with my hard earned cash!*

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review 2019-04-17 06:05
Good Retelling of The Iliad
The Silence of the Girls - Pat Barker

This is a retelling of The Iliad - no need to read it however a bit of the basics of it would help you understand this book more, just for background information.

 

It can be a rather difficult read. Not to say it’s hard to understand, but more of the detailed subject matter. It’s shocking to read when these women are going through an era where war is prevalent, and the best outcome for them is to be a trophy, instead of a slave. (Although, those two terms are pretty much the same thing if you think about it) It’s scary, and eye opening at the same time. These women go through a lot of trauma and Briseis has it slightly better than the other women out there (which says a lot). They’re pretty much treated like cattle and nothing could be done with it. Unfortunately this is the norm during war.

 

The relationship between Briseis and Achilles was interesting. Despite the conqueror and war trophy titles, it develops and evolves as Achilles goes though life changing events through the novel. You do however, have a heart for Patroclus. He seemed more human and his friendship with Briseis is what might have kept her going through all this time in the book. In a sense too, she also benefited from being with Achilles (albeit, not her choice)

 

This is definitely word a read through if you’re interested in Greek Mythology and retellings this is worth the read, despite the slow but steady pace. The retelling of the Iliad from Briseis’ point of view is a good one.

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review 2019-02-04 06:34
The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker
The Fourth Monkey - A.J. Barker

For five years, the Fourth Monkey Killer, a pseudo-vigilante serial killer, has reigned terror on the city of Chicago....punishing those he believes "Do evil" by abducting their daughters.
Within days, they receive a small white box...."Hear no evil".
Then a second box...."See no evil".
Then a third...."Speak no evil".

Within two days, the body will be dumped.

The FMK task force have nothing. He leaves no evidence. No clues. And most disturbing of all, every target he has chosen.....have done evil.

When a man is killed by a bus, the lead investigator of the task force gets a call. The unidentifiable man was carrying one of FMK's boxes. The first of three.
FMK may be dead, but he has left a living victim who is still in danger.
He was also carrying a diary, one that may reveal who he was.....and what made him.

Was it an accident....or suicide?
Is the diary the key to finding FMK's final victim.....or a red herring written by the most unreliable narrator of them all?

Is this even FMK?

The hunt is on.....and the game hasn't even come close to ending.

Barker has written a thriller that goes beyond breakneck....there are no brakes. It twists so hard, so fast....it leaves the reader with whiplash....and keeps them guessing right to the final sentence.

Highly recommended.



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