Book review–The Fourth Victim, John Mead

Psychological thriller

I’m not normally one for police procedurals, I used to be but found them all to be a bit on the samey side, so got fed up with them turning to psychological thrillers instead. However, when this book came through on the schedule, something peaked my interest and I had to put my name down to give a review. ‘Perhaps it had something to do with it being set in the neighbourhood where I used to live in London,’ I thought. As I got reading, I understood that I had picked up on the hidden point in the blurb, this was a book with a new take on murder and was a bit of a psychological thriller. And I liked that. I loved that the author isn’t just rolling out the same old checklist of points and encasing them in a different book cover.

I wasn’t so keen on the author’s use of language. He often sidestepped with background info, which was nice to know, but the way it was constantly inserted mid-sentence was distracting. That said, I’ve read the reviews of other bloggers on this tour and they loved this style, so I guess that’s just a personal thing — perhaps my attention span isn’t what it could be!!

So, if you want a cop book with a difference, then  go ahead and grab yourself a copy of this psychological thriller here.


Three parks, three deaths, four victims, two grieving families, one murder enquiry team and an unknown number of killers. Can an answer be found?

Whitechapel is being gentrified, the many green spaces of the area, which typify London as a capital city, give the illusion of peace, tranquillity and clean air but are also places to find drug dealers, sexual encounters and murder.

Detective Sergeant Julie Lukula doesn’t dislike Inspector Merry but he has hardly set the world of the Murder Investigation Team East alight. And, it looked as it the inspector was already putting the death of the young female jogger, found in the park with her head bashed in, down to a mugging ‘gone wrong’.

The victim deserved more. But the inspector isn’t ruling anyone out; the evidence will, eventually, lead him to an answer…

Buy your copy now.

Who is John Mead?

Bio John was born in the mid-fifties in East London, on part of the largest council estate ever built, and was the first pupil from his local secondary modern school toattend university. He has now taken early retirement to write, having spent the first part of his life working in education and the public sector. He was the director of a college, a senior school inspector for a local authority, and was head of a unit for young people with physical and mental health needs.

He has travelled extensively, from America to Tibet, and he enjoys visiting the theatre, reading and going to the pub. It is, perhaps, no surprise that he is an avid ‘people watcher’ and loves to find out about people, their lives, culture and history. When he is not travelling, going to the theatre or the pub; he writes.

Many of the occurrences recounted and the characters found in his novels are based on real incidents and people he has come across. Although he has allowed himself a wide degree of poetic licence in writing about the main characters, their motivations and the killings that are depicted.

John is currently working on a series of novels set in modern day London. These police procedurals examine the darker side of modern life in the East End of the City and I for one wonder if this is how they verge on being a psychological thriller.

Book review–The Fourth Victim, John Mead
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