A Killer's Mind by Mike Omer
Series: Zoe Bentley Mystery
Published by Thomas & Mercer on August 1, 2018
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 is a book I got as a Prime member in their Kindle First program. I generally seem to chose mysteries, action or thriller, or suspense stories. Zoe is a forensic psychologist consultant to the FBI and works with their agents. She is currently based at the BAU near Washington, DC.
The focus was primarily on the case and its details. The chapters alternate between Zoe’s past, when she developed the desire to become a forensic psychologist, and her present case. There are enough similarities to trigger some memories and insecurities from a time in high school when there was a serial killer in her home town.
The character development is mostly limited to Zoe. Everyone else is there but I don’t really feel connected to them. The new case takes her and a new agent from the BAU to Chicago. Politics make things more difficult. Zoe works hard and tries her best to figure out how to catch the killer and save lives. She seems realistic, but a bit too willingly to place herself in bad situations.
The plot is good and reasonably twisty. There are various problems which slow things down but they slowly make progress. There is a new twist at the end which sets things up for another story.
“She had managed to creep out a man who had performed autopsies for a living. Achievement unlocked. “
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2018 New Release Challenge