A Killer's Mind (Zoe Bentley Mystery #1)
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.

A Killer's Mind (Zoe Bentley Mystery #1) Details

TitleA Killer's Mind (Zoe Bentley Mystery #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 1st, 2018
PublisherThomas & Mercer
ISBN-139781503901902
Rating
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Mystery Thriller

A Killer's Mind (Zoe Bentley Mystery #1) Review

  • Dee Arr
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.
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  • L.A. Starks
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Suze
    January 1, 1970
    A KILLER'S MINDI 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.
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  • Kylie H
    January 1, 1970
    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 tim 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?
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  • Patiscynical
    January 1, 1970
    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 alre 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.
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  • Stacey
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Laurie Buchanan
    January 1, 1970
    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!
  • RedRedtheycallmeRed
    January 1, 1970
    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 fo 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.
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  • Seth
    January 1, 1970
    Deranged man kills girl, then kills again, and again and again. Deranged man evades police detection for years and the salty detective is called to the case and catches the derange man, tale as old as time right? WRONG! This is a great fresh take on the story of the serial killer. About 2/3 of the way in, I thought that the killer's identity was revealed and that the rest of the book was going to be lacking the much needed suspense given by the unknown identity. Boy was I wrong, and in a good wa Deranged man kills girl, then kills again, and again and again. Deranged man evades police detection for years and the salty detective is called to the case and catches the derange man, tale as old as time right? WRONG! This is a great fresh take on the story of the serial killer. About 2/3 of the way in, I thought that the killer's identity was revealed and that the rest of the book was going to be lacking the much needed suspense given by the unknown identity. Boy was I wrong, and in a good way. This is by far my favorite of all the "Amazon first" books that I have read, and I cannot wait until the next book in the series. I often found myself pretty creeped out as we entered the mind of the killer. The author did a great job of detecting his mind and how his deranged brain could come up with what it did. Again I cannot stress enough how much this was different from the typical murder mystery, detective story. I read some people who didn't like the character development of the two main characters. I, however, thought there was perfect balance of their character development and the actual story taking place. Now that being said, I would like to see a little more development in the upcoming books, but i thought this book nailed it.
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  • Penni
    January 1, 1970
    This was an Amazon First Read offer and I am glad I choose this one to read. It kept giving me little twists so I want to read more. The cliff hanger is as expected but I but dont mind as the writing is smooth and I will be reading the next book when it is released. It had the expected officers who didn't follow the rules but came out with results so they were not fired. it had an unexpected twist near the end with a child and almost lost me as I dont care for books that harm children but I dont This was an Amazon First Read offer and I am glad I choose this one to read. It kept giving me little twists so I want to read more. The cliff hanger is as expected but I but dont mind as the writing is smooth and I will be reading the next book when it is released. It had the expected officers who didn't follow the rules but came out with results so they were not fired. it had an unexpected twist near the end with a child and almost lost me as I dont care for books that harm children but I dont want to spoil it for others. The painful part only lasted a few sentences and wasn't a complete deal breaker. it is more of a 3.5 star but I bumped it up to 4 as he is a new author for me with a few other books I want to read.
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  • Jool
    January 1, 1970
    Awesome book. I thought it would follow the regular recipe of 'female profiler unwillingly partnered with good looking cocky male FBI Agent search for serial killer together and romance blossoms'. It wasn't what I thought at all !! A five star book for sure. The serial killer has quite a unique M.O. And this book was thrilling. I can't wait for the next Zoe Bentley book to come out in this two book series.I will definitely read more of this author as well.
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  • Kerry Clair
    January 1, 1970
    Great read Ohhhh loved this. Just the right balance of intrigue and clues left for you and interesting storyline and characters. Great job on this...definitely looking for the next one.
  • Melissa Carlson
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Carolyn
    January 1, 1970
    Great Summer ReadIf you enjoy crime novels with great characters, this is a great choice . My first experience with this author. It won't be my last.
  • Melissa Levine
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Ray Moon
    January 1, 1970
    Never Has A Novel Title So Well Describe That NovelThe storyline opens with a serial killer is preparing to kill, embalm, and post-mortem rape a prostitute. A scene like this occurs more than once in the novel. While these scenes are explicit, they did not excessively gory or even titillating. The novel is dark as Criminal Minds on TV is dark. If you like Criminal Minds, there’s a very good chance that you will like this novel. If you don’t like Criminal Minds, you probably will not like this no Never Has A Novel Title So Well Describe That NovelThe storyline opens with a serial killer is preparing to kill, embalm, and post-mortem rape a prostitute. A scene like this occurs more than once in the novel. While these scenes are explicit, they did not excessively gory or even titillating. The novel is dark as Criminal Minds on TV is dark. If you like Criminal Minds, there’s a very good chance that you will like this novel. If you don’t like Criminal Minds, you probably will not like this novel.The heroine of the novel is Zoe Bentley. She is working as a civilian profiler for the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit in Quantico, VA. She has a PhD in clinical psychology and a Juris Doctorate. She recently had made a name for herself in the Boston Field Office on a very public kidnapping case. As a teenage girl, she became interested in forensic psychology because there was a serial killer in her small hometown. She thought a neighbor was acting strangely and could be the serial killer. She went to the library and learned enough to be confident enough to the police to investigate the neighbor.The Zoe Bentley character is quite well developed because her youthful experience with a person she believed was a serial killer is covered in much detail. You, the reader, observe her personality being forged in fire. This incident still affects her up to the current day. Her personality is filled out with her interactions with her sister, her partner and other characters in the novel.As I mentioned at the start of my review, there are graphic real time descriptions of death, embalming, and rape but the novel did not dwell on these scenes nor are they titillating but is critical to understand into the killer’s twisted mind. As for objectionable language, there was significantly less that I would expect. There was only one F-bomb in the entire novel.What I particularly liked about this novel was how well the author wove profiling theory into the novel. Whenever Zoe analyzed what she knew so far, her positions and her thought process were explained with very understandable profiler theory. Later in the novel, she brainstormed with the agent that partnered with her. Again, their positions were backed with profiler theory. This incorporation of theory was so well integrated into the storyline; it didn’t slow the flow of the story at all and for me really enriched the novel and my enjoyment of the novel. All this theory really made me feel that I could see into the serial killer’s mind. The actions of the serial killer completed this insight.Overall, I really enjoyed reading this novel. It turned out to be even richer that I thought during the start of the novel. I will be looking for her next novel. I gave this novel a five star rating. If this genre piques your interest, do not miss this novel.
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  • Gary Gillen
    January 1, 1970
    Zoe Bentley is a profiler working with the FBI at Quantico. She is new to the area having worked in Massachusetts on high-profile cases. She has a dark past. Tatum Gray is an FBI special agent forcibly transferred from the Los Angeles office for disciplinary reasons. Tatum gets assigned to the Strangling Undertaker case in Chicago and requests that Zoe help him on the case. They fight the serial killer, the Chicago Police, the BAU Chief, and each other. Can they set aside their differences to ca Zoe Bentley is a profiler working with the FBI at Quantico. She is new to the area having worked in Massachusetts on high-profile cases. She has a dark past. Tatum Gray is an FBI special agent forcibly transferred from the Los Angeles office for disciplinary reasons. Tatum gets assigned to the Strangling Undertaker case in Chicago and requests that Zoe help him on the case. They fight the serial killer, the Chicago Police, the BAU Chief, and each other. Can they set aside their differences to catch the killer?The first chapter of the novel is from the perspective of an unnamed killer who will become known as the Strangling Undertaker. The novel is set in the summer of 2016. The lead character is Zoe Bentley who is from Maynard, Massachusetts. She earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and a JD from Harvard. She assisted in cases in Boston but has moved to Dale City, Virginia to help the FBI at Quantico. Unit Chief Mancuso is the head of the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) of the FBI who assigns Zoe a case about a Highway Serial Killer before Agent Tatum arrives at Quantico. They meet briefly before Mancuso sends Tatum to Chicago. Tatum’s life is complicated by caring for his recently widowed grandfather, Marvin, who lived with him in Los Angeles and came with him to Virginia. Tatum leaves Marvin to watch his home and goes to Chicago. He works with Lieutenant Martinez of the Chicago PD and an ineffective profiler named Dr. Bernstein. Tatum requests that Mancuso send Zoe to help him. Zoe comes to Chicago and they investigate the case but their unorthodox methods alienate them from Lieutenant Martinez and he sends them away when they screw up. The reader learns Zoe’s backstory through flashback chapters set in Maynard in the fall of 1997 when she was a girl and a serial killer was operating in her hometown. Both cases intersect in unpredictable ways and resolve at the climax of the novel.This novel is a tight thriller with enough surprises to keep the reader guessing. It’s almost like a written version of the television show Criminal Minds. If that intrigues you then I can recommend this novel to you. The television show is about the agents at the BAU investigating serial killer cases and that is what this novel does as well. The only weakness I can point out is about the points of view. The killer, Zoe, and Tatum are the main points of view and they work. There are three other single chapter points of view that are not as successful. I can understand a viewpoint of a potential victim but I don’t want to get inside a character witness’s point of view. It doesn’t add to the narrative for me. Then there is one more point of view, follow me here. You know that scene at the beginning of Law and Order, the one where you know that the person doing whatever they are doing will stumble onto a murder victim. You know that scene, well that scene is a single chapter in this novel. It would have been better left unsaid. Other than that, this novel did what it set out to and did it well. I plan to follow Zoe Bentley on her next adventure for novel #2 IN THE DARKNESS due to be released on July 16, 2019.
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  • Samantha Jungers
    January 1, 1970
    Just finished this one. Almost didn’t choose this one, but it was my Kindle First book from Amazon. Obviously, I’m glad of the choice I made.Firstly, it was nice to have a protagonist (in this type of novel) that wasn’t completely self destructive. Zoe is haunted, but doesn’t make the kind of self destructive decisions I’ve seen other characters make.The plot feels very different than other thrillers. It did not progress in an expected manner. I expected the two timelines in the book to intertwi Just finished this one. Almost didn’t choose this one, but it was my Kindle First book from Amazon. Obviously, I’m glad of the choice I made.Firstly, it was nice to have a protagonist (in this type of novel) that wasn’t completely self destructive. Zoe is haunted, but doesn’t make the kind of self destructive decisions I’ve seen other characters make.The plot feels very different than other thrillers. It did not progress in an expected manner. I expected the two timelines in the book to intertwine, and they resolved in a completely different manner. Omer kept enough ambiguity to leave me guessing.The novel is heavily thematic. If I had to describe the social commentary in one phrase, it would be: imposter syndrome. Zoe struggles with her own trustworthiness, as a teenage amateur and a trained, experienced forensic psychologist. Omer uses her uncertainty of mind to create doubt about the solution of the dual mysteries. It doubles to forward the plot, tying everything together in a compelling way.A Killer’s Mind is a fast paced read with a unique protagonist and a great mystery at its core. Would recommend to those who like strong female characters (and no, I don’t mean the cold, emotionless killing machines) and serial killer mysteries.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    I purchased this book entirely on a whim when it was offered to me for 99p by Amazon as one of this month’s “Amazon First Reads”. I had never heard of this author but both the description of the book and the editor’s notes just grabbed me and I really felt I had to give it go. Sometimes the books on offer for a discounted price are not always my taste, but this one was just brilliant. The story itself, about a serial killer who embalms his victims after stabbing and strangling them is both gory I purchased this book entirely on a whim when it was offered to me for 99p by Amazon as one of this month’s “Amazon First Reads”. I had never heard of this author but both the description of the book and the editor’s notes just grabbed me and I really felt I had to give it go. Sometimes the books on offer for a discounted price are not always my taste, but this one was just brilliant. The story itself, about a serial killer who embalms his victims after stabbing and strangling them is both gory and chilling to say the least, but the ensuing investigation carried out by forensic psychologist Zoe Bentley and FBI agent Tatum Gray is exciting and, at times, downright scary! Alongside this case runs Zoe’s profiling of another serial killer from her childhood, which was the beginning of her interest in the process of trying to get inside the mind of a killer. The partnership of these investigators is new and slightly miss-matched to begin with, but by the end we see clear evidence of an on-going working relationship which I am sure will lead to many more in this fantastic series. I am about to pre-order book 2 already.
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  • Judi
    January 1, 1970
    Zoe Bentley is a forensic psychologist that works for the FBI. She has just been assigned her first case with another agent, Tatum Gray. Zoe was a teenager, in a small town, when several women were killed. She tried to tell the police who the killer was, but they didn't believe a 14 year old girl. When they arrested the wrong man, he hung himself in the jail, and Zoe knows that the serial killer is out there. When the killings stopped, they were sure that they had gotten the killer. But, Zoe, kn Zoe Bentley is a forensic psychologist that works for the FBI. She has just been assigned her first case with another agent, Tatum Gray. Zoe was a teenager, in a small town, when several women were killed. She tried to tell the police who the killer was, but they didn't believe a 14 year old girl. When they arrested the wrong man, he hung himself in the jail, and Zoe knows that the serial killer is out there. When the killings stopped, they were sure that they had gotten the killer. But, Zoe, knew better.She always had a way of "knowing" things and being able to feel what was going on in a crime. So her first chance to prove herself, was trying to find a serial killer who was embalming women and leaving their bodies posed!Zoe believes that the man that got away years ago, is the same killer she is now hunting. She is receiving letters from him and she knows it is the same man. Her partner, Tatum, is not so sure.Will Zoe let her memories rule her in this case and see something there that no one else sees? A great thriller. Didn't guess this ending..Can't wait for the next chapter on Zoe!
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  • M
    January 1, 1970
    A Partial Ending With A CliffhangerThis was a Kindle First pick which I tried unsuccessfully to love. The serial killer storyline is interesting and well-conceived, including the killer’s creepy POV chapters. The biggest hurdle were the not-very-likable protagonists, which drove me to speed-read through their chapters. Tatum is a cliche maverick FBI agent in trouble with his superiors. Also, Zoe fits the mold of a now-stock, serial killer character. She is an assertive, intelligent woman with a A Partial Ending With A CliffhangerThis was a Kindle First pick which I tried unsuccessfully to love. The serial killer storyline is interesting and well-conceived, including the killer’s creepy POV chapters. The biggest hurdle were the not-very-likable protagonists, which drove me to speed-read through their chapters. Tatum is a cliche maverick FBI agent in trouble with his superiors. Also, Zoe fits the mold of a now-stock, serial killer character. She is an assertive, intelligent woman with a troubled past and a history of severe emotional distress; works in some capacity for the FBI; makes stupid choices and endangers her life, is injured in an altercation with a killer, etc. If not for the 1997 chapters, I would’ve pegged Zoe as someone on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum.I was not aware that this was book #1 of a series that features cliffhanger(s). I appreciated the “partial” denouement, but due to the protagonists’ personalities or lack thereof, I will not be reading the rest of this series.
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  • Ceecee
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Ashley Granger
    January 1, 1970
    I wanted to love this book. Forensic psychology? BAU? A serial killer who embalms his victims?? SIGN.ME.UP. But I could not get past the characters, who were so insanely childish. If one more person "sighed" or rubbed their eyes or bickered, I was going to lose it. Also, I don't know if the author really understands what a forensic psychologists studies. Zoe is supposed to be amazing and experienced and all that jazz, but she didn't know where the carotid arteries are. Really? I also think the a I wanted to love this book. Forensic psychology? BAU? A serial killer who embalms his victims?? SIGN.ME.UP. But I could not get past the characters, who were so insanely childish. If one more person "sighed" or rubbed their eyes or bickered, I was going to lose it. Also, I don't know if the author really understands what a forensic psychologists studies. Zoe is supposed to be amazing and experienced and all that jazz, but she didn't know where the carotid arteries are. Really? I also think the author may have introduced too many things in this first book - tension between partners (though they actually aren't partners at all), a distressing past, an ongoing serial killer investigation that hits too close to home, a serial killer who does super weird stuff to the bodies and doesn't subscribe to typical M.O.s so he can't be traced through geo-profiling and is much more complicated than anything they've come across, etc. There were things that I liked, definitely, but if you don't like the characters AT ALL, the plot can't overcome that.
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  • Diana
    January 1, 1970
    A Killer's Mind (Zoe Bentley Mystery Book 1)This was an amazing experience! Helping the FBI and the Chicago PD try to catch a serial killer with a twisted fantasy, Zoe Bentley is teamed up with Agent Tatum Gray. An eerie and harrowing aspect of this assignment is that it kicks up memories of a similar situation when Zoe was 14, which still haunts her and her younger sister. Instead of being detrimental to the current crisis they are dealing with in 2016, the flashbacks to the manhunt in 1997 act A Killer's Mind (Zoe Bentley Mystery Book 1)This was an amazing experience! Helping the FBI and the Chicago PD try to catch a serial killer with a twisted fantasy, Zoe Bentley is teamed up with Agent Tatum Gray. An eerie and harrowing aspect of this assignment is that it kicks up memories of a similar situation when Zoe was 14, which still haunts her and her younger sister. Instead of being detrimental to the current crisis they are dealing with in 2016, the flashbacks to the manhunt in 1997 actually work well in tying both situations together, and offering reasons and explanations. Definitely looking forward to the next book, and hope that this is a long series. Well done, Mr. Omer, well done. 👍👍👍👍👍
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  • Patricia
    January 1, 1970
    It took me a while to get into this book, and I'm not sure why. But once I did get into it, I was hooked, and read the last three-quarters in one sitting.I really wanted to know who the killer was, and why he was doing it, which is what a mystery is all about, and I wasn't disappointed. Nor was I able to figure it out; in fact, I was quite surprised at the "reveal."Zoe and Tatum are likable characters, and I'm looking forward to spending more time with them.One of my few complaints is that the p It took me a while to get into this book, and I'm not sure why. But once I did get into it, I was hooked, and read the last three-quarters in one sitting.I really wanted to know who the killer was, and why he was doing it, which is what a mystery is all about, and I wasn't disappointed. Nor was I able to figure it out; in fact, I was quite surprised at the "reveal."Zoe and Tatum are likable characters, and I'm looking forward to spending more time with them.One of my few complaints is that the profile of the killer seemed awfully simplistic for quite a long time; it seemed like if Zoe was good, she would have come up with more sooner. Maybe I've been ruined by too many TV shows with quick answers.I will definitely read book 2 in this series.
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  • Dulze
    January 1, 1970
    Truly enjoyed every pageI’m glad I picked this book from my first reads offer, and I’m following the writer for sure.A very captivating story and although chilling and disturbing to a point, it was hard to put this book away, I couldn’t stop reading! every twist and turn wrapped my mind completely in the story.(Spoiler)One tiny little flaw, I believe is, Glover ... was the po....lize (wink) in Chicago that lousy that they couldn’t get him after attacking Zoe?Other than that, the story kept my m Truly enjoyed every pageI’m glad I picked this book from my first reads offer, and I’m following the writer for sure.A very captivating story and although chilling and disturbing to a point, it was hard to put this book away, I couldn’t stop reading! every twist and turn wrapped my mind completely in the story.(Spoiler)One tiny little flaw, I believe is, Glover ... was the po....lize (wink) in Chicago that lousy that they couldn’t get him after attacking Zoe?Other than that, the story kept my mind wondering and relieving moments in amazement, Zoe is sharp and very good at profiling, I really enjoyed her character more in her professional level than personal.
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  • Maeva Williamson
    January 1, 1970
    This book literally kept me on my toes and kept me up at night because (1) I couldn’t stop reading and (2) it was a bit creepy (but in a good way)! This genre isn’t my go-to but a friend and I chose it as our July Kindle First book and I sure am glad we picked it. When I say chills, i would read a page and have to put my Kindle down for 2 seconds to wrap my brain around the creativity of this author in this story. This is book 1 of a series and it was so good. Kept me guessing, kept me up ... de This book literally kept me on my toes and kept me up at night because (1) I couldn’t stop reading and (2) it was a bit creepy (but in a good way)! This genre isn’t my go-to but a friend and I chose it as our July Kindle First book and I sure am glad we picked it. When I say chills, i would read a page and have to put my Kindle down for 2 seconds to wrap my brain around the creativity of this author in this story. This is book 1 of a series and it was so good. Kept me guessing, kept me up ... definitely a good one. Fast read, short chapters and amazing character development, I visualized a lot of this book as i read and cannot wait for book 2! 📚🐛
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    I thought this was a very solid thriller and would certainly read more books in the series. Zoe Bentley is an intriguing character. (Her partner, not quite as much...although his grandfather is a hoot--more scene time for him in the future, please!) I liked the flashbacks to the past. (Bit reminiscent of Lovely Bones, but not too much.)My one beef is the title. I get that it's totally appropriate for the subject matter (given the career of our heroine.) However, it's super forgettable and could I thought this was a very solid thriller and would certainly read more books in the series. Zoe Bentley is an intriguing character. (Her partner, not quite as much...although his grandfather is a hoot--more scene time for him in the future, please!) I liked the flashbacks to the past. (Bit reminiscent of Lovely Bones, but not too much.)My one beef is the title. I get that it's totally appropriate for the subject matter (given the career of our heroine.) However, it's super forgettable and could the the title of hundreds of serial killer books. I hope I can remember what this book was about in six months.
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  • Janet Lynch
    January 1, 1970
    This was a Kindle First book that I enjoyed. 3.5 stars bumped up because the suspense kept me reading and I was engaged throughout. This book, about serial killers had two mysteries going on. Zoe, a forensic psychologist, had been living in a town where three girls had been killed. Zoe was fourteen at the time and was convinced the police had arrested the wrong man. It seemed a little odd that she was playing teenage detective and she did a lot of stupid things. Fast forward and now Zoe is a con This was a Kindle First book that I enjoyed. 3.5 stars bumped up because the suspense kept me reading and I was engaged throughout. This book, about serial killers had two mysteries going on. Zoe, a forensic psychologist, had been living in a town where three girls had been killed. Zoe was fourteen at the time and was convinced the police had arrested the wrong man. It seemed a little odd that she was playing teenage detective and she did a lot of stupid things. Fast forward and now Zoe is a consultant for the FBI. She and agent Tatum Gray are sent to Chicago to assist the police looking for a serial killer. Sometimes humorous, sometimes unbelievable, but almost always suspenseful.
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  • Cindy Young-Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    Quirky Detectives Learn to BendWhat I love about the story is the way the author makes the main characters grow and learn flexibility of thought. What I didn't love was the development of one the two protagonists. This story is told over two timelines. It's well done and easy to follow. However each time line had similar but separate stories. The lesser of the two was the one in the past. The protagonist in the past was more firmly developed. I wanted more about the present day killer. Having sa Quirky Detectives Learn to BendWhat I love about the story is the way the author makes the main characters grow and learn flexibility of thought. What I didn't love was the development of one the two protagonists. This story is told over two timelines. It's well done and easy to follow. However each time line had similar but separate stories. The lesser of the two was the one in the past. The protagonist in the past was more firmly developed. I wanted more about the present day killer. Having said all that, this is a really good thriller with a few twists and plenty of action. I highly recommend it.
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