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

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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 partn
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Kindle Edition, 370 pages
Expected publication: August 1st 2018 by Thomas & Mercer
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    A killer’s mind is her playground.

    Three Chicago women have been found strangled, embalmed, and posed as if still alive. Doubting the findings of the l
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    Dee Arr
    Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    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
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    L.A. Starks
    Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    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.
    Kylie H
    Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: crime, great-read
    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
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    Patiscynical
    Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
    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
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    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.
    Laurie Buchanan
    Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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
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    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 seems to look fo
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    Seth
    Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    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 ...more
    Penni
    Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
    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 ...more
    Jool
    Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    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.
    Kerry Clair
    Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
    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
    Jul 08, 2018 rated it liked it
    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
    Carolyn
    Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Great Summer Read

    If 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
    Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: mystery
    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
    Ray Moon
    Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Never Has A Novel Title So Well Describe That Novel

    The 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
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    Gary Gillen
    Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: mystery, reviews
    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 ...more
    Shane Wilson
    Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: crime
    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 the writing and characterization. The chapters from
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    Malik Nicholas
    Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
    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 haven't heard before. The twists and turns, moment ...more
    Samantha Jungers
    Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    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
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    Kelly
    Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Wow!!

    A Killer’s Mind was interesting, thrilling, and disturbing. But how good would a story about a serial killer be if it wasn’t disturbing?! I enjoyed the present and flashback chapters. It was like watching a thriller series on TV. The flashbacks help drive the story.

    The characters are all solid. The dialogue is written very well. It is realistic, and not excessive. I also liked how from time to time little random thoughts of the characters were written into the story. This helped to connect
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    Linda
    Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    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 ...more
    Judi
    Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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 ...more
    M
    Jul 16, 2018 rated it liked it
    A Partial Ending With A Cliffhanger

    This 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
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    Ceecee
    Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
    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
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    Ashley Granger
    Jul 11, 2018 rated it liked it
    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 ...more
    MartyAnne
    Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Pattern recognition

    Zoe Bentley got her start with criminal psychology when a serial killer stalked in her hometown when she was 14. Now she's working with the FBI in the Behavioral Analysis Unit. She is a civilian, a consultant, not an agent. She knows people think she's taking the seat that should go to an agent. Nevertheless, she is a gifted profiler and takes her work seriously. Her ability to analyze and find patterns is crucial, managing to tighten the suspect pools and invigorate investiga
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    JBD
    Jul 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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 pleasantly surprised that Mike Omer went against the oth ...more
    Britta
    Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
    I almost didn't pick up any other Amazon's 1st reads for July, and then on Prime Day they offered all of them to prime members. So, of course, then I picked up all of them (except the picture book). This was the first one I read. Good thriller. The main characters were a bit too caricature-ish, but it only distracted a couple of times. A couple of too easy setups, in my opinion. (view spoiler) ...more
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