NEW YORK TIMES AND INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR

She Has A Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be by J.D. Barker is now available!

A note from J.D.

SHE HAS A BROKEN THING WHERE HER HEART SHOULD BE is now available!

I hope this message finds you safe, healthy, and surrounded by those you love.

In these trying times, the things that are important in life become abundantly clear. Like all of you, as I write this, I’m holed up in the house. Yes, we have plenty of toilet paper. Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon have replaced my regular trips to the local movie theater. I just spent twenty minutes trying to explain to my daughter why we can’t visit the library. Her response was, “Okay, Dada. Now go to library?” Two-year-olds don’t really understand quarantine. My wife is hanging pictures, trying to make our house (currently about 60% through a major renovation) feel less like a construction zone and more like a home. In interest of everyone’s safety, we’ve sent all the workers home, not knowing when anyone will be back. I can see our neighbors through my office window, they’re working on their already immaculate yard. I gave them a quick wave through the window, the extent of today’s visit.

We will come out of this. Of that, I have no doubt. When is the real question. Who will come out of it, being another. I want you, your family, and all those you encounter to be safe. Don’t take unnecessary chances. Wearing gloves and a mask to get gas may seem weird, but if it gets us safely to the other side of this, why not? There is nothing stronger than the human spirit, our ability to adapt, recuperate, and excel. At some point, this virus will go from a “what if” to a “remember when.” We’ll emerge. We’ll thrive.

Like everything else in today’s world, releasing a novel during a time like this has been a challenge. More than 400 Barnes & Noble’s closed yesterday. Amazon (rightfully so) is giving shipping priorities to essentials and while some of us may consider books “essential” they’re a little further down the list than other items. Many of you may have pre-ordered this novel only to receive a message today saying Amazon may not ship it for another month. If that’s the case, please be patient. Try to think of all the other things they are shipping and the people waiting on those things. It will eventually get to you and when it does arrive, I hope it provides you a much deserved distraction. If you don’t want to wait on Amazon (or the other online retailers), reach out to RiverRun Bookstorein Portsmouth, NH, they have signed hardcovers available. Select indie bookstores nationwide do as well. Best part? They’ll all ship! Use this as an opportunity to support these local businesses.

Stay safe, all.
jd

From the Publisher –
A haunting tale of suspense, rendered with the masterful skill only Barker could muster. 

After the loss of his parents, young Jack Thatch first met Stella as a child—this cryptic little girl of eight with dark hair and darker eyes, sitting alone on a bench in the cemetery clutching her favorite book. Gone moments later, the brief encounter would spark an obsession. She’d creep into his thoughts, his every waking moment, until he finally finds her again exactly one year later, sitting upon the same bench, only to disappear again soon after. 

The body of a man found in an alley, every inch of his flesh horribly burned, yet his clothing completely untouched. For Detective Faustino Brier, this wasn’t the first, and he knew it wouldn’t be the last. It was no different from the others. He’d find another just like it one year from today. August 9, to be exact.

Isolated and locked away from the world in a shadowy lab, a little boy known only as Subject “D” waits, grows, learns. He’s permitted to speak to no one. He has never known the touch of another. Harboring a power so horrific, those in control will never allow him beyond their walls.

All of them linked in ways unimaginable.

SHE HAS A BROKEN THING WHERE HER HEART SHOULD BE conjures thoughts of early King and Koontz. A heart-pounding ride that creeps under your skin and will have you turning pages long into the night.

Obtain your copy –

HARDCOVER
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Signed Hardcovers

EBOOK
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AUDIOBOOK
Special note: One of my favorite narrators, David Aaron Baker, recorded this one! He’s best know for his work on the ODD THOMAS series for Dean Koontz. 
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Audible

Website: https://jdbarker.com/books/she-has-a-broken-thing-where-her-heart-should-be/

Release Date: March 31, 2020
Page Count: 774
Hardcover ISBN-13: 978-1-7342104-1-5
eBook ISBN-13: 978-1-7342104-0-8
Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1-7342104-2-2


Praise for J.D. Barker

“J.D. Barker is a one-of-a-kind writer and that’s a rare and special thing. Stephen King comes to mind and Lee Child, John Sandford. All one-of-a-kinds. Don’t miss anything J.D. writes.”
James Patterson, #1 International Bestselling Author

“A talented writer with a delightfully devious mind!”
Jeffery Deaver, NY Times Bestselling Author

“I don’t say this lightly: J.D. Barker is a force to be reckoned with.”
Tosca Lee, NY Times Bestselling Author

“Barker knows how to evoke chilling imagery and will have readers anxiously looking over their shoulders with each terrifying “clickity, click, click.”
— Library Journal

“Barker is a master wordsmith.”
— AudioBookReviewer.com

“Masterful storytelling.”
— Bookish

“It is clear Barker is a name to watch.”
—The Horror Bookshelf

“Mr. Barker may have begun by following in the footsteps of such literary royalty as Stephen King, Thomas Harris, and Dean Koontz, but he has blazed a unique path all his own.”
— Fresh Fiction

SHE HAS A BROKEN THING WHERE HER HEART SHOULD BE – Now Available for Pre-Order!

ABOUT THE BOOK

A haunting tale of suspense, rendered with the masterful skill only Barker could muster.

After the loss of his parents, young Jack Thatch first met Stella as a child—this cryptic little girl of eight with dark hair and darker eyes, sitting alone on a bench in the cemetery clutching her favorite book. Gone moments later, the brief encounter would spark an obsession. She’d creep into his thoughts, his every waking moment, until he finally finds her again exactly one year later, sitting upon the same bench, only to disappear again soon after.

The body of a man found in an alley, every inch of his flesh horribly burned, yet his clothing completely untouched. For Detective Faustino Brier, this wasn’t the first, and he knew it wouldn’t be the last. It was no different from the others. He’d find another just like it one year from today. August 9, to be exact.

Isolated and locked away from the world in a shadowy lab, a little boy known only as Subject “D” waits, grows, learns. He’s permitted to speak to no one. He has never known the touch of another. Harboring a power so horrific, those in control will never allow him beyond their walls.

All of them linked in ways unimaginable.

SHE HAS A BROKEN THING WHERE HER HEART SHOULD BE conjures thoughts of early King and Koontz. A heart-pounding ride that creeps under your skin and will have you turning pages long into the night.

“J.D. Barker is a one-of-a-kind writer and that’s a rare and special thing. Stephen King comes to mind and Lee Child, John Sandford. All one-of-a-kinds. Don’t miss anything J.D. writes.”
—James Patterson, #1 International Bestselling Author

“A talented writer with a delightfully devious mind!”
—Jeffery Deaver, NY Times Bestselling Author

“I don’t say this lightly: J.D. Barker is a force to be reckoned with.”
—Tosca Lee, NY Times Bestselling Author

A NOTE FROM J.D.

This was a book I needed to write. After completing the 4MK series, such a dark series, something light was required to scrub out some of the hard to reach places of my brain. I had fun writing 4MK, but there were many moments when I pushed my MacBook across the desk, sat back, and said, “holy fuck, did that really just come out of my head?”

If you prefer to listen to audiobooks, you’re in for a treat. My publisher managed to get David Aaron Baker to narrate this one. He’s best known for audio versions of the ODD THOMAS series for Dean Koontz – another of my all-time favorites.

I think you’ll find this book is a bit of a departure for me. It takes place over decades rather than days and moves at a slightly slower pace than some of my other works. If you’re a fan of those faster-paced thrillers, no worries, I’ve got more on the way, I just wanted to try something a little different. It’s not only a throw-back to the ’80s but also a homage to one of my favorite novels, GREAT EXPECTATIONS by Charles Dickens. In many ways, this novel is me paying respect to those I grew up reading. The stories that shaped me – those books I read under the covers with a flashlight over and over again.

Most of all, I wrote this one for my little girl. One day, when she’s a little older, I’d like her to know not all of Daddy’s books end in a dark place. Some do have happy endings. But much like life, sometimes you have to stumble through the dark to find the light, that little Ember lighting the way.

JD

Have you cast your vote for the GoodReads Choice Awards yet? #4MK

To vote:

Woohoo! Voting is open! If you read The Sixth Wicked Child and enjoyed it, I would greatly appreciate it if you cast a quick vote. It only takes a second.

Click on this link.

Scroll to the bottom of the page.

Type in THE SIXTH WICKED CHILD

…and click vote.

THE SIXTH WICKED CHILD is already up for a number of awards, but this one in particular means a lot to me because it’s the only one voted on 100% by readers. Nothing means more to me than your opinion.

Thank you so much for taking time out of your day and giving this little book a lift. And thank you for recommending the series to others! Word-of-mouth means the world.

I’ll see you soon in 2020 with two new titles!

Best,

jd

Coming soon: THE SIXTH WICKED CHILD By J.D. Barker

A note from J.D.

Links for THE SIXTH WICKED CHILD are up! Get your pre-orders in to guarantee the best price. Signed hardcover editions are available through RiverRun Bookstore in Portsmouth, NH, and select indie bookstores nationwide. Best part? They’ll ship!

From the Publisher –
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.

PREORDER HARDCOVER
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PREORDER EBOOK
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PREORDER AUDIOBOOK
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SIGNED COPIES
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Website: http://jdbarker.com/books/the-sixth-wicked-child/

Release Date: August 27, 2019
Page Count: 532
Hardcover ISBN-13: 978-0-9906949-7-7
eBook ISBN: 978-0-9906949-8-4
Paperback ISBN-13: 978-0-9906949-9-1

Praise for The 4MK Series

“One of the finest suspense/serial killer trilogies ever written.”
BookReporter.com

“The Fourth Monkey has one of the most ingenious openings that I’ve read in years. This thriller never disappoints.”
James Patterson, #1 NY Times Bestselling Author

“Superbly constructed and immaculately paced, this is one of the few serial killer thrillers that bears comparison with Thomas Harris’s 1981 masterpiece Red Dragon.”
Daily Mail

“Bram Stoker Award finalist Barker ingeniously blends horrific images into a bizarre plotline to create this devilishly dark thriller.”
Library Journal

“…Nice twists on classic thriller tropes.”
Publisher’s Weekly

“Not since Hannibal Lecter had a friend for dinner has a serial killer been so skillfully rendered on the page.”
Taylor Elmore, Writer/Producer of Justified and Limitless

“J.D. Barker’s second novel is a terrifying romp.”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“If you like fast-paced, disturbing thrillers, this is the summer read for you!”
BookRiot

“Scary, stomach churning, and utterly addictive, this has to be one of 2017 most exciting thrillers.”
Lancashire Post

“Creepy, scary . . . and impossible to put down! The Fourth Monkey is everything a thriller should be—a must read!”
Heather Graham, NY Times Bestselling Author

“Intense, disturbing and relentlessly suspenseful, “The Fourth Monkey” is a dark and wildly entertaining novel.”
Plattsburgh Press Republican

“In the tradition of SE7EN and THE USUAL SUSPECTS, THE FOURTH MONKEY combines breakneck speed with a baffling puzzle. It has pace to die for.”
David Morrell, New York Times Bestselling Author of Murder As a Fine Art and First Blood

“A highly recommended and beguiling page-turning thriller that is both disturbing and immensely entertaining.”
New York Journal of Books

“A chillingly delicious page-turner.”
Kelley Armstrong, NY Times Bestselling Author 

“THE FOURTH MONKEY will keep you up all night …reading.”
Lansing State Journal

“Gritty, masterful suspense…Lee Child, you’ve met your match.”
Tosca Lee, NY Times Bestselling Author 

“Brilliant. Complicated. Psychopath. This character is truly riveting.”
Marc Webb, Director of The Amazing Spiderman, Gifted, & (500) Days of Summer

“A first-rate, devilish thriller.”
Eric Rickstad, NY Times Bestselling Author of The Names of Dead Girls and The Silent Girls

“A state of the art thriller, a current nightmare, a panic wrapped up in a box.”
Josh Malerman, Award Winning Author of Bird Box 

“Serial killers in fiction are a dime a dozen these days, and it takes a powerful lot of thought and crafty planning to come up with one who’s unique. In THE FOURTH MONKEY Barker does just that — and gives us more than one. And he bounces his bad guys off a colorful cast of believable characters. For you puzzle fans, there’s a story within the story as strange and twisty as the tale itself. But make no mistake, this is a suspense novel through and through, and it’s in no way shy about it.”
Jack Ketchum, Award Winning Author of Off Season and The Girl Next Door 

“This book is seriously brilliant: the best serial killer thriller I’ve ever read.”
Lisa Milton, Executive Editor HarperCollins HQ

Praise for J.D. Barker

“J.D. Barker is a one-of-a-kind writer and that’s a rare and special thing. Stephen King comes to mind and Lee Child, John Sandford. All one-of-a-kinds. Don’t miss anything J.D. writes.”
James Patterson, #1 International Bestselling Author

“A talented writer with a delightfully devious mind!”
Jeffery Deaver, NY Times Bestselling Author

“I don’t say this lightly: J.D. Barker is a force to be reckoned with.”
Tosca Lee, NY Times Bestselling Author

“Barker knows how to evoke chilling imagery and will have readers anxiously looking over their shoulders with each terrifying “clickity, click, click.”
— Library Journal

“Barker is a master wordsmith.”
— AudioBookReviewer.com

“Masterful storytelling.”
— Bookish

“It is clear Barker is a name to watch.”
—The Horror Bookshelf

“Mr. Barker may have begun by following in the footsteps of such literary royalty as Stephen King, Thomas Harris, and Dean Koontz, but he has blazed a unique path all his own.”
— Fresh Fiction

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