A Killer's Mind (Zoe Bentley Mystery, #1)by Published 01 Aug 2018
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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 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)" Reviews
This was a fantastic start to a new series. I couldn't put it down. Zoe Bentley is a forensic psychologist with the FBI. Women are being killed, embalmed, and posed at various places around the area. Zoe ends up working with Tatum Grey, an agent, to try and find the killer.
Intense to the point it had me sitting on the edge of my seat at the end, it kept me turning the pages wanting to know what happened. The killer was about as sick and twisted as they come. By embalming the bodies he could keep them as companions for a longer period of time. I really liked Zoe and Tatum and while they didn't always see eye to eye, they ended up making a good team. I'm really looking forward to reading the next book to see where the author takes them.
This was really well written and well researched. Loved the author's writing style and the way the words just seemed to flow from the pages.
This book had by undivided attention from start to finish. I found myself entranced in the characters and counting down the minutes till I could open the book back up. The way the chapters are written and Zoe and Tatum's chemistry—Mike is really on to something here. Im looking forward to the next book.
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.
“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!
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.