A Killer's Mind (Zoe Bentley Mystery, #1) by Mike Omer

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; Tatu...

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

TitleA Killer's Mind (Zoe Bentley Mystery, #1)
Release DateAug 1st, 2018
PublisherThomas & Mercer
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Mystery Thriller, Crime, Suspense, Business, Amazon, Contemporary, Novels, Murder Mystery

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

  • 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 mind...
  • 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 Gre...
  • 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.
  • Suze
    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.
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • 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 ki...
  • 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!
  • Stacey
    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...
  • Johanna Reppert
    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.
  • Debbie Oxier
    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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Melissa Carlson
    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 entir...
  • Seth
    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 u...
  • Penni
    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...
  • Jool
    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 autho...
  • Darlene Countryman
    Amazing! I couldn't put the book down.This is the first book I read from Mike Omer, but I think I'll read everything he writes from now on. The story line was believable and very well written. It was fast paced with scenes that came to life in vivid color. If I could have given it six stars it still wouldn't have been enough. A fantastic READ!
  • Kerry Clair
    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.
  • Sandy
    Held my attention but was a little creepy!
  • Carolyn
    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.
  • Karen
    Loved itLoved the characters the plot. It was great from beginning to very end. Looking forward to reading more from this author.
  • Nels Highberg
    Solid thriller. Three stars because it was not necessarily compelling me to read forward, but it wasn't turning me off either. There were times when it felt like the descriptions of women seemed to be written by a man (I knew the physical characteristics of women on the investigation team but not of the men on the team). The story itself was a little confusing for the first half, but it's clear at the end why the confusion exists. As the first in...
  • JBD
    I really enjoyed parts of this book. Other parts made me roll my eyes so hard it hurt. I like the author’s writing style and sense of humor. I also enjoyed the crime story. However, if I read one more book where the female protagonist bites her lip repeatedly I might lose my mind. Who bites their lip? Seriously! That’s a crutch YA authors use. It was disappointing to see it used here, repeatedly. MALE AUTHORS - WE DONT BITE OUR LIPS. I was pl...
  • Melissa Levine
    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 ...
  • Ray Moon
    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 l...
  • Gary Gillen
    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...
  • Shane Wilson
    This was damn good.... until the end.A Killer's Mind follows Zoe, a criminal psychologist. Zoe began her career at 14 when a serial killer hit her home town, and the book has flashbacks to this period. The main story begins ~20 years later. Zoe and Agent Gray are newly assigned to a division in the FBI. When a series of murders with posed, embalmed female bodies in Chicago happen, they are called in to consult.The best part about this novel was t...
  • DanielL
    I like police, crime, mystery novels, but I normally avoid books about serial-killers since they’re so depressing. I also avoid books by first-time authors since, in most cases, they’re horribly written. Despite my reservations about A Killer's Mind by Mike Omer, I’m a sucker for Amazon’s cheap Kindle pricing ($1.99) so I rolled-the-dice and purchased it.For a debut novel, A Killer's Mind is very well-written, interesting, and fast paced....
  • Malik Nicholas
    Being a fan of murder mysteries & true crime, A Killer's Mind is a good entry into this broad market. Author Mike Omer is very James Patterson like in his approach to character building and chapter formats, giving you short, quick bursts of exciting sequences in small segments of story, all the while bringing you both into the mind of the killer and the investigators. I think that's what makes this book so good. The story isn't something you have...
  • Stuart McMillan
    I do like my maverik police/detective stories and was really looking forward to finding out whether Zoe Bentley would be another series to pick-up and enjoy.Zoe isn't actually a cop - she's a profiler for the FBI, paired with agent Tatum who's another maverick from a different agency. Pushed together, purely through agency expediency, they have an uncomfortable chemistry as the start to track the 'strangling undertaker' in Chicago.Slowly Omer rev...