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A chilling thriller of serial murder and dark secrets that will leave you wondering, is the past really in the past? Three Chicago women have been found strangled, embalmed, and posed as if still alive. Doubting the findings of the local PD’s profiler, The FBI calls on forensic psychologist Zoe Bentley to investigate. Zoe quickly gets off on the wrong foot wi A chilling thriller of serial murder and dark secrets that will leave you wondering, is the past really in the past? Three Chicago women have been found strangled, embalmed, and posed as if still alive. Doubting the findings of the local PD’s profiler, The FBI calls on forensic psychologist Zoe Bentley to investigate. Zoe quickly gets off on the wrong foot with her new partner, Special Agent Tatum Gray. Zoe’s a hunter, intense and focused; Tatum’s a smug maverick with little respect for the rules. Together, they must descend into a serial killer’s psyche and untangle his twisted fantasies, or more women will die. But when the contents of three inconspicuous envelopes reveal a chilling connection to gruesome murders from Zoe’s childhood, suddenly the hunter becomes the hunted.


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A chilling thriller of serial murder and dark secrets that will leave you wondering, is the past really in the past? Three Chicago women have been found strangled, embalmed, and posed as if still alive. Doubting the findings of the local PD’s profiler, The FBI calls on forensic psychologist Zoe Bentley to investigate. Zoe quickly gets off on the wrong foot wi A chilling thriller of serial murder and dark secrets that will leave you wondering, is the past really in the past? Three Chicago women have been found strangled, embalmed, and posed as if still alive. Doubting the findings of the local PD’s profiler, The FBI calls on forensic psychologist Zoe Bentley to investigate. Zoe quickly gets off on the wrong foot with her new partner, Special Agent Tatum Gray. Zoe’s a hunter, intense and focused; Tatum’s a smug maverick with little respect for the rules. Together, they must descend into a serial killer’s psyche and untangle his twisted fantasies, or more women will die. But when the contents of three inconspicuous envelopes reveal a chilling connection to gruesome murders from Zoe’s childhood, suddenly the hunter becomes the hunted.

30 review for A Killer's Mind

  1. 4 out of 5

    Meredith

    3.5 stars “Corniest serial killer ever.” A Killer’s Mind is an entertaining, easy to read thriller about “the corniest serial killer ever.” This book is full of snarky characters, wacky murderers, and quirky characters (including a cat and fish). Zoe Bentley, a forensic psychologist who consults for the FBI, has a unique connection to her job. She loves what she does for a living, which allows her to get inside the sick and twisted minds of psychopaths and unlock their motivations i 3.5 stars “Corniest serial killer ever.” A Killer’s Mind is an entertaining, easy to read thriller about “the corniest serial killer ever.” This book is full of snarky characters, wacky murderers, and quirky characters (including a cat and fish). Zoe Bentley, a forensic psychologist who consults for the FBI, has a unique connection to her job. She loves what she does for a living, which allows her to get inside the sick and twisted minds of psychopaths and unlock their motivations in hopes of helping the FBI identify them. When a serial killer in Chicago begins embalming victims, Zoey, along with agent Tatum Gray, are brought in to help local police stop the sick and twisted killer before it’s too late. Told in alternating point of views, this is a fast-paced read that doesn’t waste any time getting into the nitty-gritty of the crimes. If anything, it moves too quickly as it doesn’t really allow the reader to unpack many nuances. At the same time, I enjoyed this element as I often read this after work and needed a mindless diversion from reality! I chose A Killer's Mind as one of my Kindle First reads and went into it with zero expectations. I was quickly drawn by Zoe and Tatum’s snarky wit, as well as by the demented killer’s POV. Zoe and Tatum have great chemistry, but I am not sure if I would like a romance to develop between them. It seems as if this is going to be a series, and the ending left me looking forward to the next installment. Overall, A Killer’s Mind is over-the-top, mindless fun!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dita

    Coffee slugging FBI agent/psychiatrist chases corny, macabre serial killer. I wonder if she'll catch him? Snore.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    I loved Zoey and Tatum as a team who complete with each other. One of them is methodical, focused, obsessed, rational, as the other one more sensitive, smart, play by the book. I loved to read the upcoming other series which I hope coming sooner that I expected.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    My first venture into the world of Mike Omer’s writing will surely not be one I forget. A serial killer novel that flips the genre on its head, Omer keeps the reader guessing throughout, in a piece that loses no momentum the deeper the plot. Dr. Zoe Bentley is an accomplished forensic psychologist with a passion for her work. When she is contracted to consult for the FBI, she leaps at the opportunity, getting neck-deep into a case that has been chilling Chicago to its core. While the local profi My first venture into the world of Mike Omer’s writing will surely not be one I forget. A serial killer novel that flips the genre on its head, Omer keeps the reader guessing throughout, in a piece that loses no momentum the deeper the plot. Dr. Zoe Bentley is an accomplished forensic psychologist with a passion for her work. When she is contracted to consult for the FBI, she leaps at the opportunity, getting neck-deep into a case that has been chilling Chicago to its core. While the local profiler scoffs at her ideas, FBI Special Agent Tatum Gray takes a liking to Bentley’s quirky side, though is kept in his place throughout the investigation. Someone has been murdering women and leaving them on public display, but not before embalming them, a unique act that has dubbed the killer the Strangling Undertaker. While investigating, Bentley cannot help but think back to a string of serial murders from her youth, which shocked her small town in Massachusetts. Bentley was sure she could identify the killer, but no one would listen to a teenager at the time. Back in Chicago, the killer seems to be getting sloppy and is almost caught, offering up a number of digital breadcrumbs on which the authorities can capitalise. When Bentley’s past and the current investigation collide, she cannot help but wonder if the horrors from two decades before might be rejuvenated, allowing a killer to whet their appetite again. Omer chills the reader to their core and provides the perfect mix of action and killer perspective to ensure the reader will come back for more. Those who love serial killer thrillers (what a tag-line for the sub-genre!) will want to keep this one on their list. With the rise of certain television programmes, FBI profilers tend to be protagonists that are appearing throughout novels of this genre. That said, while anyone can spout out theories and ideas, it is the killer who deserves the praise, should they be thoughtful enough to provide a unique approach to crimes. Readers want to see new and intriguing ways to have their spines tingled, while trying to see what clues are left for synthesizing. Mike Omer does both very well and was able to keep me hooked, wondering throughout each passing chapter. Introducing Zoe Bentley’s character with such a backstory did much to convince me this would be a novel worth my time. I found her to be not only well-grounded throughout the investigation, providing both a serious and lighter side, but also to have a lovely, if dark, past as a teenager, which surely got her interested in all things serial killer. Omer balances these well and mixes them throughout the narrative, helping develop an attachment for the reader. Tatum Gray and some of the other characters laid the foundation for what could be a great series, should Omer continue with his strong FBI pairing, though there is likely a twist or two coming by next summer. The story was strong, yet did not get bogged down in too much psychological analysis, providing readers from all walks of life to feel comfortable navigating through the novel. Things flowed well and there were enough moments where the story took a twist so that the reader could not predict too much as things developed. Having not read any of Omer’s earlier work, I cannot comment on whether this venture into the genre is new or surprising, but I will say that he has made a fan out of me and I will keep my eyes peeled for the second Bentley instalment next July. Kudos, Mr. Omer, for entertaining and educating in equal measure. You’ve made a fan out of me and I would venture that many others who take the time will sing your praises too! Love/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/ A Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dee Arr

    Like many books in this genre, “A Killer’s Mind” began with a description of the killer at work, putting the finishing touches on his latest conquest. What was refreshing was that author Mike Omer gave us just enough of a taste in the first chapter to entice readers to keep turning pages. The author introduces us to Zoe Bentley, a forensic psychologist who is good at her job but doesn’t feel she gets the recognition she deserves. Tatum Grey is an FBI agent, “promoted” to his current p Like many books in this genre, “A Killer’s Mind” began with a description of the killer at work, putting the finishing touches on his latest conquest. What was refreshing was that author Mike Omer gave us just enough of a taste in the first chapter to entice readers to keep turning pages. The author introduces us to Zoe Bentley, a forensic psychologist who is good at her job but doesn’t feel she gets the recognition she deserves. Tatum Grey is an FBI agent, “promoted” to his current position due to an event that the author purposely shrouds. The shadows in both their paths are initially left hidden, creating curiosity. Despite their faults, I found myself liking both of the characters. Mr. Omer tells the story through multiple eyes, giving us a chance to experience the story from Zoe and Tatum, as well as sharing occasional glimpses of the killer. It was interesting for the author to develop the character of Zoe with flashbacks to her high school days during a time when a serial killer was terrorizing her community. The book has a good, even flow to it, the action proceeding at a steady pace and the police procedural aspects carrying a realistic feeling. This is a story that you can sink your teeth into, and I never got the feeling that the author would let me down by introducing surrealistic twists or having Zoe or Tatum do things that were drastically out of character. For those concerned about language, Mr. Omer has managed to craft a book that features very little cursing or swearing, relying more on his talent rather than shock value. Overall, an entertaining read, and definitely a positive start to a series. Five stars.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Joey R.

    4.0 Stars—- I just finished my first book by Mike Omer and for the most part I thoroughly enjoyed it. The book tells the story of FBI consultant/psychologist Zoe Bentley and her work assisting the FBI and Chicago police in working the case of a serial killer with the worst nickname ever —-“The Strangling Undertaker.” Bentley is assigned to work the case with FBI agent Tatum Gray, who is an enjoyable cut-up and the antithesis to the no-nonsense, no-fun, all work Bentley. The book alternates betwe 4.0 Stars—- I just finished my first book by Mike Omer and for the most part I thoroughly enjoyed it. The book tells the story of FBI consultant/psychologist Zoe Bentley and her work assisting the FBI and Chicago police in working the case of a serial killer with the worst nickname ever —-“The Strangling Undertaker.” Bentley is assigned to work the case with FBI agent Tatum Gray, who is an enjoyable cut-up and the antithesis to the no-nonsense, no-fun, all work Bentley. The book alternates between the current case and a case from 20 years ago (when Bentley was 14) in which Bentley was personally involved in solving a different serial killer case. Although it is obvious to the reader she solved this case, the police do the dreaded ‘don’t take her serious because she’s a kid’ routine and blame it on someone else. These two investigations inevitably come together but with some very different outcomes and twists. Personally, I believe this is why I enjoyed the book so much. Just when I thought that it was going to turn into a boring book that I have read 20 different times with 20 different names, it surprised me by going in a totally different direction. It also has one of the better climactic scenes to bring the story to an end I have read in quite a while. If it wasn’t for some typical stupid local law enforcement overreactions and one completely ridiculous out of character Bentley field trip, I might have given the book the full 5 stars, but a solid effort nonetheless.

  7. 4 out of 5

    L.A. Starks

    An FBI serial killer book, interesting characters, that I liked for the Chicago setting. Some of the best mystery-thriller Chicago books are authored by Sara Paretsky--suggesting readers start with those if they haven't already read them.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jess☺️

    A Killer's Mind by Mike Omer is a great start to the Zoe Bentley series. The characters in this first book are character's I'm looking forward to reading more about and watching them grow into a fantastic team. It's a dark twisted story with two different killers, one from Zoe's past(who is probably going to be around a while) and a crazy killer who likes embalmed his women 😲 It's a fast read that keeps you guessing because there's no clue who it could be,but the ending is a littl A Killer's Mind by Mike Omer is a great start to the Zoe Bentley series. The characters in this first book are character's I'm looking forward to reading more about and watching them grow into a fantastic team. It's a dark twisted story with two different killers, one from Zoe's past(who is probably going to be around a while) and a crazy killer who likes embalmed his women 😲 It's a fast read that keeps you guessing because there's no clue who it could be,but the ending is a little shocking and slaps you sideways when you realise who it is. I recommend this if you're looking for a fast thriller 📖

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alaina

    Pretty good but predictable ending. A Killer's Mind was one of those kindle books that jumped at me. Having no idea what it was actually about - I was still intrigued to read it. Yes, I am one of those people who barely reads the synopsis before clicking the book. It usually ends up being a good.. but for the terrible ones. Well, I end up having trust issues with myself. In this book, you will meet Zoe. She basically grew up around murder mysteries. In the town she grew up in, three murders/>A Pretty good but predictable ending. A Killer's Mind was one of those kindle books that jumped at me. Having no idea what it was actually about - I was still intrigued to read it. Yes, I am one of those people who barely reads the synopsis before clicking the book. It usually ends up being a good.. but for the terrible ones. Well, I end up having trust issues with myself. In this book, you will meet Zoe. She basically grew up around murder mysteries. In the town she grew up in, three murders happened. However, they quickly stopped once the "murderer" committed suicide. Since then she went to school for psychology and ended up working with the police on murders/crimes. Then the day that she meets the new agent, Tatum Gray, does her world sort of get flipped upside down. She's thrown right into an interesting murder case. One that makes her think of her hometown murders and the guy she always saw as the suspect. Of course, this book gives you some twists and turns.. and I was trying to figure out if there was more than one case or murderer in this book. Again, my mind was all over the place in this book and still the ending was predictable! I just knew that it was going to happen because of all the little clues throughout the book. She poked the bear.. and the bear poked back. I can't wait to dive into the next book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Suze

    A KILLER'S MIND I loved this book, it was my pick of the Kindle First books for July- I did not even have to agonize over the choices this month, loved the brief description. Zoe and Tatum make a great team, albeit not exactly willingly. There is a lot of humor spread throughout the pages making this a fun read even though it's about a serial killer. Looking forward to the next book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Adah Udechukwu

    A Killer's Mind was boom shakalakabambam. It was a fantastic read. Its one of the best thrillers I've read in a while.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Fiona

    3.5 stars, really, this was a bit of a rollercoaster of a read - pieces I liked followed by bits that bothered me, all wrapped up into a decent package. "Till death do us part" was an unambitious concept at best. True love should ascend beyond that point. A Killer's Mind is the first in a series of FBI/serial killer hunter novels, centering around Zoe Bentley, a civilian consultant to the FBI, and forensic psychiatrist. I'm a bit of a sucker for this genre, so despite some quibbles, I actu/>"Till 3.5 stars, really, this was a bit of a rollercoaster of a read - pieces I liked followed by bits that bothered me, all wrapped up into a decent package. "Till death do us part" was an unambitious concept at best. True love should ascend beyond that point. A Killer's Mind is the first in a series of FBI/serial killer hunter novels, centering around Zoe Bentley, a civilian consultant to the FBI, and forensic psychiatrist. I'm a bit of a sucker for this genre, so despite some quibbles, I actually ended up enjoying this quite a lot. Let's get the bad news out of the way: -References which dated even between publication and writing. Much as I appreciate a good detail, specifics of songs, websites, etc, massively date a novel. Specifically naming Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Yelp, etc, meant there were references in here that were just slightly off. -(view spoiler)[As much as I loved our MC, she didn't tell her sister about the serial killer that tried to kill them both as children being back, despite this sister being the only person who believed her about him to begin with. They have a very clear bond, spend a lot of time together, have great communication - but she doesn't feel the need to give her a heads up that, you know, this guy might be someone to look out for. (hide spoiler)] -Though I loved some of the quirkier parts of the book, it got out of hand at times. That's usually something that settles by the second novel, though, so it deserves a pass until then. Alright, and with that done, on to the good stuff! - Research! Clearly Mike Omer has done his, because this might be the best fictional representation of both policing methods and serial killers that I've seen. Talking heads and their common misconceptions are directly called out, and profiling isn't a magic trick, but a clear deduction. And despite being so spot on with the facts, it never derails into pedagogy or dryness. - Male author writing decent female characters - though Mike Omer is no Craig Schaefer (still the benchmark!), he does a good job of pulling off authentic female voices. Though the Beyonce part was a step too far, I think :) - Great characters all round. From the unit chief and her fish drama, to Tatum's wily grandfather and sociopathic cat, we were treated to a truly fantastic range of very enjoyable characters. As I mentioned above, perhaps a little too far on the quirk sometimes, but even if it doesn't settle down in book 2 I'll still enjoy it. Overall, a solid start to a new series. Definitely one to watch.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lynn (Smile24k)

    I really enjoyed this book! It is one of the most interesting and entertaining books I've read this year. I wish I could give half stars (I find myself wishing this a lot), but this book for me is 4.5 stars. The basic plot isn't anything new, but it was well written and for me it had just the right amount of suspense. There is a serial killer on the loose and the FBI is sent in to assist a police department. Of course the agent is set up to be a rogue agent with a problematic past and the police I really enjoyed this book! It is one of the most interesting and entertaining books I've read this year. I wish I could give half stars (I find myself wishing this a lot), but this book for me is 4.5 stars. The basic plot isn't anything new, but it was well written and for me it had just the right amount of suspense. There is a serial killer on the loose and the FBI is sent in to assist a police department. Of course the agent is set up to be a rogue agent with a problematic past and the police are somewhat resistant to assistance. Adding a twist to the mix is a forensic psychologist who is a consultant for the FBI and sent to help with the investigation. The Pros: I thought at the beginning that I was not going to like the FBI agent Tatum. From the book description it seemed like he was going to be obnoxious and full of himself. But in reading the book he wasn't. He was very likable and played the partner role well. He also had a soft side evidenced by Freckle the cat and his grandfather. I would have to say that Tatum was actually my favorite character...next to the cat! The forensic psychologist, Zoe, was quirky and had few social skills, but this worked to make this more interesting than the standard whodunit serial killer story. I also enjoyed the pace of the story. It took them quite some time to find the killer, but the story was never boring. The amount of time it took to find the killer gave the story more credibility in my opinion. There were mistakes made and a lot of time spent trying to find the killer's motivation. On tv or other books there is some "genius" who puts things together quickly and everything is solved, but that is clearly not how it happens IRL. There was a plot twist and portions of the book are in flashbacks. The book never gets confusing and the flashbacks were integral to understanding more about Zoe. I did figure out who the killer was before the reveal, but that didn't impact the enjoyment of the story. Tatum and Zoe have good chemistry and I liked the fact that the author did not immediately throw them into a relationship or into bed together. I think that is probably going to happen at some point if these stories continue. Note to the author Mike Omer, when that happens, I hope that it is handled with the right amount of awkwardness on Zoe's part and the complimentary amount of patience, understanding and sarcasm from Tatum. I'm not even into romance novels, but these two getting together after the right amount of build up and tension...yeah, I'm here for that! The Cons: There were two points in the book where I didn't like how something was handled, but neither effected my overall enjoyment of the book. One being how casually Zoe showed pictures of the crime scene and suspects without any approvals, which seemed like it would be against some type of protocol. The other, when Zoe decides to go off on her own and of course it doesn't work out too well. Just once I'd like an author not to use this, the reader knows that something is going to go wrong because it always does. Without giving too much away, I would have preferred for that sequence of events to have taken place in her hotel room, apartment, etc., someplace where she should have reasonably been. I would recommend this book and I can't wait until the next book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    3.5 stars This story left me with mixed feelings. This is one of my favorite genres. In this story a serial killer is on the loose and terrorizing the citizens of Chicago. But here the writing often felt juvenile. The characters and dialog unrealistic. At one point the Chicago police are close to capturing “The Strangling Undertaker.” They put up roadblocks and are stopping every vehicle. The killer gets stopped. The police officer shines a flashlight on him and notices some kind of mess on h 3.5 stars This story left me with mixed feelings. This is one of my favorite genres. In this story a serial killer is on the loose and terrorizing the citizens of Chicago. But here the writing often felt juvenile. The characters and dialog unrealistic. At one point the Chicago police are close to capturing “The Strangling Undertaker.” They put up roadblocks and are stopping every vehicle. The killer gets stopped. The police officer shines a flashlight on him and notices some kind of mess on his shirt. BBQ sauce or something. There is no one else in the vehicle so the officer lets him through the roadblock. Really? Zoe Bentley is a forensic psychologist who consults for the FBI. Tatum Grey is an FBI agent who was “promoted” from the Los Angeles office. They are assigned to assist the Chicago police with capturing a serial killer the media have dubbed “The Strangling Undertaker.” So far three woman have been murdered, embalmed, and posed in public places. Of course there is the usual tension between the task force in the Chicago police and the FBI. The story alternates between the past and present. The present being the hunt for “The Strangling Undertaker.” The past deals with Zoe when she was fourteen and a serial killer was loose in her hometown. Zoe read some books and being observant and smart was able to figure out who the killer was. The police didn't take her seriously because she was a kid. Besides they had a suspect. The suspect was arrested and committed suicide. The real killer disappeared. The killings stopped. Case closed. But not for Zoe. For twenty years Zoe has been getting envelopes from this serial killer. Now envelopes show up at the crime scenes in Chicago. Could it be the same person? Ever since she was fourteen and a killer was on the loose in her hometown Zoe has gone to the scene where the bodies were found. To try and place herself in the mind of the victim ... and the killer. She does the same thing here. Without Tatum. Without anyone from the Chicago PD. During one of these trips she encounters the killer although the reader doesn't know it. But there were hints there and I thought he might be the killer. There were parts of this story that I enjoyed and parts that were annoying. It was not a page turner. I went with 3.5 stars. I did find the ending good as it left you wondering what happens next.

  15. 4 out of 5

    ChopinFC

    full review... A Killer's Mind was easily one of the most 'surprise-reads' I've read all year! The book is a real page turner, and I can't recommend it enough for all suspense-murder-thriller lovers! The book came to me as a freebie with 'prime book of the month', and I literally picked it up in a whim! You know they say never judge a book by its cover or title...but that's exactly what I did! 😂 The book tells the tale of 'Zoe' a forensic psychologist, who works in conjunction wi/>A full review... A Killer's Mind was easily one of the most 'surprise-reads' I've read all year! The book is a real page turner, and I can't recommend it enough for all suspense-murder-thriller lovers! The book came to me as a freebie with 'prime book of the month', and I literally picked it up in a whim! You know they say never judge a book by its cover or title...but that's exactly what I did! 😂 The book tells the tale of 'Zoe' a forensic psychologist, who works in conjunction with the FBI, in trying to solve an ominous serial killer. The killer is a real sicko-scumbag, who kills women, rapes post-mortem and 'embalms' them just for shits and giggles! 😬😱 The book is brilliantly crafted, and the suspense mounts throughout the story organically. The author Mike Omer, did his research and through nitty gritty detail of the embalming process, the reader feels 'entrapped' into the murders! Also, Zoe the protagonist is quite fucked up herself, with a messed up childhood which involved a murderer in her home town. Omer flashbacks constantly, and gives the reader tidbits of Zoe's past and the murders involved in her childhood...the results are powerful and completely relevant to the present story. A Killer's Mind, easily surpassed ALL my expectations and provided non-stop suspense thriller, and a nasty serial killer that doesn't shy away from 'Hannibal Lecter'! 4 1/2 Stars

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ceecee

    Rating between 1 and 2 stars. This was Amazon Kindle First and thankfully free. It never ceases to amaze me when there are so many really good authors out there that many of these offerings are so second rate. This was like a tepid version of Criminal Minds and should therefore with serial killer material have been exciting. It was about as exciting as watching paint dry. The prose was often turgid and so full of unnecessary detail that it bored me to tears. Who cares if Zoe Bentley liked her co Rating between 1 and 2 stars. This was Amazon Kindle First and thankfully free. It never ceases to amaze me when there are so many really good authors out there that many of these offerings are so second rate. This was like a tepid version of Criminal Minds and should therefore with serial killer material have been exciting. It was about as exciting as watching paint dry. The prose was often turgid and so full of unnecessary detail that it bored me to tears. Who cares if Zoe Bentley liked her coffee strong and her bacon crisp? Did it help us to get into the mind of the killer(s)? There was some ridiculous dialogue when Zoe tells Crystal her friend had been murdered ‘It was a man who did it’. No s**t Sherlock. You don’t need to have gone to Quantico or be in the BAU to know that nugget. Most serial killers are men. Fact. There were two story strands in this book and to find out how the second one pans out you need to buy the sequel when it’s published. Not a chance I’ll waste my spondoolies on that!! So in essence, poor, unoriginal as it’s basically the tv show without the good characters.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Carlson

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Are you serious?! I was enjoying this book up until the end it went downhill quickly. In what world would a doctor that is untrained in hostage situations decide that running into a crime scene and stripping was a good idea. Seriously?! The entire situation would have never worked. Zoe would have never been a suitable replacement for his current victim as she was badly beaten from a previous altercation. The author basically contradicted his entire book at the end. Zoe would have known based on h Are you serious?! I was enjoying this book up until the end it went downhill quickly. In what world would a doctor that is untrained in hostage situations decide that running into a crime scene and stripping was a good idea. Seriously?! The entire situation would have never worked. Zoe would have never been a suitable replacement for his current victim as she was badly beaten from a previous altercation. The author basically contradicted his entire book at the end. Zoe would have known based on his profile that her body was in too bad a condition to interest the killer. Unnecessary! The author should have spent more time crafting an ending instead of setting himself up for a series. It would have been a much higher rating if the ending flowed with material set up through out the book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ruthy lavin

    A really well written crime thriller with an original concept, I sailed through it and have already pre-ordered part 2! Something very Silence of the Lambs about it - which is praise indeed. Edge of your seat stuff, believable, gripping, a great read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lady Delacour

    Really liked the beginning. Then the story took on a perverted unclean feeling. To much 12 year old boy junior high mentality. Listened with TTS. Not Clean. Crude and Foul Language.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Laurie Buchanan

    I didn't "like" A KILLER'S MIND by Mike Omer, I LOVED it! Hooks. Cliffhangers. And an incredible twist (or seven) kept me riveted to the pages—with a blanket nearby to hide under when it got too intense!

  21. 5 out of 5

    E. H. Nathasia

    My new favourite series! Will definitely get the rest in the Zoe Bentley Mystery.

  22. 4 out of 5

    julia ☆ [owls reads]

    DNF @ 103 pages. The novel really isn't working for me. The premise is interesting, but the writing so far reads as shallow and cheesy; and all the characters come across as juvenile, which is an odd feeling when they are supposed to work in law enforcement. Zoe, especially, is introduced as an expert in her field, but she sounds like a total hack most of the time. It's very hard to believe her observations have any value when she whips them out without having investigated... much of anything, DNF @ 103 pages. The novel really isn't working for me. The premise is interesting, but the writing so far reads as shallow and cheesy; and all the characters come across as juvenile, which is an odd feeling when they are supposed to work in law enforcement. Zoe, especially, is introduced as an expert in her field, but she sounds like a total hack most of the time. It's very hard to believe her observations have any value when she whips them out without having investigated... much of anything, really.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Robyn

    Zoe Bentley, a civilian forensic psychologist for the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit is pulled into a murder investigation along with Tatum Gray, recently assigned to Quantico from the Los Angeles Field office. There is a killer embalming women in the Chicago area and so far there are no suspects and no leads. It is up to Zoe and Tatum to lead the local police on the right track to finding the killer. But, when Zoe gets too close to the investigation she suddenly finds herself in danger. Can the Zoe Bentley, a civilian forensic psychologist for the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit is pulled into a murder investigation along with Tatum Gray, recently assigned to Quantico from the Los Angeles Field office. There is a killer embalming women in the Chicago area and so far there are no suspects and no leads. It is up to Zoe and Tatum to lead the local police on the right track to finding the killer. But, when Zoe gets too close to the investigation she suddenly finds herself in danger. Can they find the killer before Zoe finds herself as the next victim? A Killer’s Mind by Mike Omer is the first book in the Zoe Bentley series and its gets off to a fantastic start! I found myself thoroughly engrossed in the plot and the characters. I was completely hooked right from the first page. Mike Omer writes such a unique and original serial killer that is creepy and will give you the chills. Told in alternate timelines, the story really takes shape and gives the reader a better understanding of Zoe and what led her down the path of becoming a forensic psychologist. I really loved this part of the story and the many twists and turns it took me while Zoe worked the present case in Chicago. Omer does such an awesome job at keeping you guessing and throws a few red herrings into the mix meant to confuse you and throw you off the scent. Zoe and Tatum make one hell of a team. Even though they do not trust each other fully, they work well together. Zoe comes across as cold and unfeeling, but deep inside she is very warm and caring, especially when it comes to her family. Through the story told in the past, we can see how Zoe’s experiences with another serial killer in her hometown of Massachusetts shaped her life and led her to where she is today. Tatum has his own issues to work through after being reassigned following a high profile case in Los Angeles. Tatum and Zoe seem to butt heads quite often, but Tatum never really doubts Zoe’s capabilities as a forensic psychologist. It also seems like the author might make them a couple maybe? Hopefully? Hint hint! Gosh, I really LOVE them together! A Killer’s Mind is a riveting, pulse pounding serial killer thriller that will make your skin crawl. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. This is definitely a five star read for me. I am looking forward to reading the second book in the series, In the darkness releasing June 25, 2019

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kylie H

    I picked this up on Kindle First and had no expectations of it. This was an intriguing story about a serial killer who tries to embalm his victims to keep them with him as long as possible. Zoe is a psychologist who is working as a profiler with the FBI. She met her first killer at the age of fourteen, but no one took her seriously. As she gets closer to this current killer she starts to see a connection from the person who got away from her when she was a teen. Will people listen to her th I picked this up on Kindle First and had no expectations of it. This was an intriguing story about a serial killer who tries to embalm his victims to keep them with him as long as possible. Zoe is a psychologist who is working as a profiler with the FBI. She met her first killer at the age of fourteen, but no one took her seriously. As she gets closer to this current killer she starts to see a connection from the person who got away from her when she was a teen. Will people listen to her this time?

  25. 5 out of 5

    Patiscynical

    What if you knew her and found her dead on the ground.. This was my Amazon First choice for July. Zoe Bentley is a forensic psychiatrist who is a civilian consultant for the BAU. She has been fascinated by serial killers since coming into contact with one, when she was fourteen. Agent Tatum Gray was just 'promoted' to Quantico from L.A., after making too many waves. Tatum and Zoe are sent to Chicago to consult with police about a bizarre serial killer known as the Strangling Undertaker. He's alr What if you knew her and found her dead on the ground.. This was my Amazon First choice for July. Zoe Bentley is a forensic psychiatrist who is a civilian consultant for the BAU. She has been fascinated by serial killers since coming into contact with one, when she was fourteen. Agent Tatum Gray was just 'promoted' to Quantico from L.A., after making too many waves. Tatum and Zoe are sent to Chicago to consult with police about a bizarre serial killer known as the Strangling Undertaker. He's already killed at least three women, and shows no sign of slowing down. This story takes place in 2016, with several flashbacks to 1997. Although I'm not a fan of flashbacks, this book wasn't overloaded with them, and they aren't too distracting. Results: I thought this was very interesting and well-written. There were a few minor details that were irritating, like placing a dead body in the trunk of a van. What model of van has trunks? Overall though, the story kept my interest, and I would try another book by this author. I would give this a P.G. rating. I would be able to read this to my grandmother, but not to children under the age of fourteen.

  26. 5 out of 5

    RedRedtheycallmeRed

    I didn't love this Kindle First book, but I didn't hate it, either. I am on the fence as about reading the next book (thank you Mike Omer/Amazon for making it clear this was the first in a series). The majority of this book is set in present day, but there are a few chapters that take place in 1997, when Zoe is a teen and there have been multiple killings in her small town. I actually liked those chapters the most, because Zoe seems to have a lot more personality. Present day Zoe seem I didn't love this Kindle First book, but I didn't hate it, either. I am on the fence as about reading the next book (thank you Mike Omer/Amazon for making it clear this was the first in a series). The majority of this book is set in present day, but there are a few chapters that take place in 1997, when Zoe is a teen and there have been multiple killings in her small town. I actually liked those chapters the most, because Zoe seems to have a lot more personality. Present day Zoe seems to look for occasions to take offense, and other than anger, she has almost no personality. She exhibits nothing that makes me want to know more about her. And for all of her accolades/highly respected/professional...she suddenly becomes convinced that no one will believe her theory and decides she needs to go it alone (ah yes, the rogue agent, I'm sure nothing could go wrong). Thankfully Tatum has more personality, but he is a bit of a "bro": cocky, always right, thinks he can charm his way into getting information. He also seems to have no problem with going rogue. Tatum lives with his 87 year old grandfather, who's kind of a player and likes recreational drugs. He also seems to be in some kind of power struggle with Tatum's cat. I wish he had been in the book a little more, he was entertaining. The serial killer had a few POV chapters, and they were pretty chilling. Points to the author for really upping the creepy factor. The case does get solved, but the book still ends on a bit of a cliffhanger.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Stacey mann

    A killers mind is an amazing thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end. I love that the story is told from all points of view, from Zoe Bentley (profiler), the FBI agent, to the killer and even the victims, this give a truly excellent and well rounded account of the crimes and detective work. I feel this is how all thrillers, crime, and mysteries should be written. I found the characters endearing and made you care what was going to happen to them next, the story draws you in with A killers mind is an amazing thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end. I love that the story is told from all points of view, from Zoe Bentley (profiler), the FBI agent, to the killer and even the victims, this give a truly excellent and well rounded account of the crimes and detective work. I feel this is how all thrillers, crime, and mysteries should be written. I found the characters endearing and made you care what was going to happen to them next, the story draws you in with not just the investigations and crimes but also the humour, character interactions and the amazing twists you do not see coming, there was even a “ oh my god know” moment that pushes a thriller from good to extraordinary. This was a truly excellent book and I would highly recommend to everyone, I can’t wait for book 2.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sláinte Wanderlust

    I started this book without reading the reviews or other works by the author. It was recommended via kindle unlimited to me. I read a lot of books, 300+ a year so I do love when I get a new author suggestion. A few chapters in to the book I was concerned that I had already read it and forgot to mark it but I continued anyways, Thank goodness i did! It has some parallels with a book I have read before but it is definitely unique. I loved the writing, characters, backstory, time flips, ending... a I started this book without reading the reviews or other works by the author. It was recommended via kindle unlimited to me. I read a lot of books, 300+ a year so I do love when I get a new author suggestion. A few chapters in to the book I was concerned that I had already read it and forgot to mark it but I continued anyways, Thank goodness i did! It has some parallels with a book I have read before but it is definitely unique. I loved the writing, characters, backstory, time flips, ending... actually to be honest I think I pretty much loved everything. It is a great book, with a great story, written well. I would highly recommend.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Levine

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I received a copy of this story from my husband after a friend of his suggested it to him. Needless to say, this was an interesting pull-you-in kind of story. While I have read crime/mystery type stories before, I'm usually hesitant when it's by a male author. Sorry, but the few I have read were written by men and somewhat boring, in my opinion. Perhaps, it was because the main character was a male? Yet, I'm not sure that's right since I've read lots of stories with a male lead and have never ha I received a copy of this story from my husband after a friend of his suggested it to him. Needless to say, this was an interesting pull-you-in kind of story. While I have read crime/mystery type stories before, I'm usually hesitant when it's by a male author. Sorry, but the few I have read were written by men and somewhat boring, in my opinion. Perhaps, it was because the main character was a male? Yet, I'm not sure that's right since I've read lots of stories with a male lead and have never had issues. IDK. But I liked this one! The story was well written, and I loved the funnies he threw in. For example, his interactions with his grandfather. Those were hilarious! "Do you know what's in my lap? My penis! My penis is in my lap." Or Mancuso's 'bastard' fish. Thankfully, I didn't see many mistakes and those that I did see were missing commas. No big deal. Questions/Comments: I couldn't help but smile when I saw the two main characters in this story were living in Dale City, VA. That's where I grew up and met my husband! If this is part of a series, I'm curious to know if the next book will have anything more regarding the Highway Serial Killings Initiative that Zoe was working with at the beginning of the story. So, Tatum is sent to Chicago to see if he can help the PD there with the serial killings. He meets Martinez, heads back to Virginia to let his grandfather know he's going to be in Chicago for a while, then heads back to Chicago. Why wouldn't he have done that prior to leaving? What was the point of the back and forth? Martinez, Zoe, and Tatum are talking after finding Lilly's body. It's stated what she was wearing when she was found and how she was killed. Martinez states "She was alive at nine thirty." Tatum says, "Unless it wasn't her on the phone." What would have even made them think that a possibility? I mean, they located her phone signal in that area, did they seriously think a different female had used Lilly's phone? Yet, they happen to find Lilly's body? That didn't make any sense. In the beginning, Lilly's body is described as having blood all over it. Jeffrey takes note that her "...chest is a mess" because of all the blood (or so I assume). Yet, when they're talking later about her, it's stated that "There was blood all over her neck, but her shirt was mostly clean." Yes, she was already dead when he slit her throat, but she hadn't been dead long, so her blood was still flowing, hence the killer was drenched in her blood. So how would her shirt had been clean still? Jeffrey kills his brother's fiance. So he killed her because he was scared she'd say something about his weirdness to his brother? I was confused about that part. I'm sure his brother would have already known he was a weirdo. The whole process of him killing her then going to animals, then back to women again, seemed questionable. If he'd been embalming animals, wouldn't his human embalming kills have been better? Zoe realized that Glover being the serial killing was a dumb idea. Why? How? I mean, he was still sending her the ties, which could have easily been used to strangle the women and he knew he'd already killed. Zoe has a glued wound on her shoulder and a stitched wound on her neck. When the hot water hits her, it's her shoulder that hurts. Critical thinking skills coming into play here. When thinking about stitches where the two sides of the skin aren't together/healed yet, and a sealed wound, I'd imagine the stitched one would be more painful. Just saying... Why does Tatum call his grandfather by his first name? Andrea has black hair, while Zoe has auburn. Again, just something questionable that stood out to me. How much time had gone by when Lilly's body is found and when Jeffrey finds his "family?" The way the story is written made it sound like it was just a few days later, but "The woman was still alone, just like she had been a month ago." So, obviously, it's been more than a month. Why were no charges brought against Dr. Foster, considering she lied, which resulted in the suicide of Manny? I found it questionable (I like that word) that Glover happened to be in Chicago the same time as Zoe. Obviously, he'd been there for a bit since he'd killed a few women there years prior. Speaking of Glover, Harry Barry, in his article about Zoe, states that she was able to capture two serial killers. She got Jeffrey, but she never captured Glover. I didn't understand why Tatum and Zoe had a hard time determining what Jeffrey used the women for?! Even if his POV wasn't in the story, knowing that a male was kidnapping, murdering, embalming and dressing up females, well it seems obvious. The fact that his embalming skills were improving with each female was further proof that he wanted to keep one/them for as long as possible. Since he couldn't have sex with them after being embalmed, keeping them as company was the only other option, at least in my mind. Tatum and Zoe are talking about dolls. Zoe states that she had dolls when she was younger but didn't play with them. Tatum states that he played with Playmobil figures. I get the author wanted to give the readers/characters a hint as to the reasoning for the killer embalming the females, but the fact Tatum goes on to say that he "...remove[d] their hair and change[d] it around..." just seemed weird. Like it's one thing to say what kind of toy he played with, but to further state that he'd take the hair off...what would have been the point of that unless it was the author's hint. How did Zoe ever think that Clifford could have been the killer? What about the fishing trip and the fact that his fiance was gone by the time he got home? That seemed to leave her and Tatum's minds for a good while before they thought of his brother. "Clifford has an employee named Jeffrey who seemed to be really close to him. And he called him Cliff. That woman said his mother used to call him Cliff when he was a boy, so his brother probably calls him the same." I'm sure everyone probably calls him Cliff! Just seems strange that the author would have gone on about his nickname like that. Prior to asking Clifford about his brother, Tatum and Zoe try to sneak a peek in one of the work vans. The doors are all locked though. Tatum ends up joining Zoe at the back of the van. Now it doesn't say whether the doors were open, which seemed unlikely considering Clifford was the only one in the shop (why would he have left the doors open). But Tatum ends up stating "No blood, no formaldehyde..." How did they know this though? Again, if the doors were open they would have been able to smell the formaldehyde, HAD it been spilled, and they might have seen blood had there been a good amount. But just glancing in doesn't seem like it would have told them much without having forensic people there testing the inside of the van. Of course, if the doors were closed, they wouldn't have known anything either. When questioning Clifford the final time, Zoe states that "You said you went fishing with him several times two WEEKS ago. But on that night (the night his fiancee disappeared), he didn't join, did he?" Why in the world was she comparing their fishing trips from a few weeks prior, to years ago? Jeffrey wants to start his new family. He forces his way into the house. Why didn't he lock the door behind him? Obviously, he didn't want anyone bothering them... I get that Zoe wanted to go in place of the mother. Got it. She took off her shirt to show that she didn't have a gun. Yes, because she couldn't have just lifted it up. Jeffrey seems smart, so why didn't he think to have her turn around? Whatever. She then takes her skirt off. Why? She wants to see if he's attracted to her. "She didn't interest him." Really? That just seemed dumb there. I mean they already knew that he was sexually attracted to corpses. She then takes her bra off...again...why? The best part is that she doesn't put anything back on (yes, her blouse was bloody) but what about the bra? Or ask the woman for something? So she basically just stood there in just her underwear when the police showed up? And Tatum never commented about her basically be nude in front of him? Plus, him swapping the mother for her wouldn't have happened. Did the author forget that she'd been beaten? Was black and blue? Yeah, that wouldn't have interested the killer. Lastly, in the end, Zoe thinks that it "...probably wasn't a good time to ask Mancuso for anything..." Why? Yes, her and Tatum weren't supposed to go back to Chicago, but they did catch the killer.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

    This book is really good! I love the mystery in it and the suspense was chilling! Zoe is the MC along with Tatum Gray. She is a psychologist and he is a detective. They end up working together to find a serial killer. When Zoe was 14, women were being killed where she lived and she was so sure she knew the killer. Fast forward 20 years and she is still hunting down the killer. Thing is, Tatum doesn't believe her or that her instincts are accurate. New murders are taking place and Zoe This book is really good! I love the mystery in it and the suspense was chilling! Zoe is the MC along with Tatum Gray. She is a psychologist and he is a detective. They end up working together to find a serial killer. When Zoe was 14, women were being killed where she lived and she was so sure she knew the killer. Fast forward 20 years and she is still hunting down the killer. Thing is, Tatum doesn't believe her or that her instincts are accurate. New murders are taking place and Zoe believes it is the same person, Tatum doesn't. The book gets really intense when the reader learns that Zoe is getting envelopes with something inside that not only is (she thinks) a clue to the murders but also a major threat to her. It only gets better at that point. And the ending, the LAST sentence of the book prompted me to get the 2nd book and read it asap!

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