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A Killer's Mind

(Zoe Bentley Mystery #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  43,954 ratings  ·  2,648 reviews
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
Hardcover, 380 pages
Published August 1st 2018 by Thomas & Mercer
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Jul 26, 2018 rated it liked it
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
Dita has the 'rona!
Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: audible
Coffee slugging FBI agent/psychiatrist chases corny, macabre serial killer. I wonder if she'll catch him?

Nilufer Ozmekik
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-thriller
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.

Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
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 ...more
Joey R.
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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 position due
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 sla
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
3.5 stars, rounded up
When starting a new mystery series, initial impressions are important to me. Do I like the characters? I have to say, I wasn’t initially drawn to Zoe. She just seemed a little too off kilter. But Tatum drew me in and his grandfather, Marvin, his cat and his fish really kept me listening. And as the chapters went on, I came to appreciate Zoe and her intelligence.
Zoe is a forensic psychologist who is a consultant to the FBI. Tatum Gray is a recently “promoted” and transferred
L.A. Starks
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 happen
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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.
Adah Udechukwu
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Killer's Mind was boom shakalakabambam. It was a fantastic read. Its one of the best thrillers I've read in a while.
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was good, really good. Seriously good. I don't even like the synopsis, maybe I didn't read it. But I did read the book.
Thank you Mike Omer for getting me out of my reading slump...I just binged this book in one day straight. What’s even better is that it didn’t come to me as a recommendation; I picked it up purely on a whim. I chose it especially due to the creepiness of the cover. Some things are just meant to be.

Meet Zoe Bentley : a Civilian Profiler/ Forensic Psychologist from Boston with a childhood that traumatizes her to this day.

Meet Tatum Gray: a Special Agent from Los Angeles who has one too many strike
Lynn (Smile24k)
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 s
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 end
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 tryi
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Melissa Carlson
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Laurie Buchanan
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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!
Ruthy lavin
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
julia ☆ [owls reads]
Aug 09, 2018 marked it as did-not-finish
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, re
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Stacey mann
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Kylie H
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Killer's Mind by Mike Omer is the first book in the Zoe Bentley Mystery series. FBI consultant fornsic psychologist Zoe Bentley joins special agent Tatum Gray in the hunt for a serial killer who is embalming his victims and posing them. She is also receiving envelopes with links to murders from her childhood. I loved this book. Zoe and Tatum make a great team and I hope that they stay together. It was interesting to read of Zoe's past and how she became drawn into forensic psychology. Fast pac ...more
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jul 02, 2018 rated it liked it
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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