A Killer’s Mind by Mike Omer @mike_omer ‏

Posted December 13, 2018 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 18 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

A Killer’s Mind by Mike Omer @mike_omer ‏A Killer's Mind by Mike Omer
Series: Zoe Bentley Mystery
Published by Thomas & Mercer on August 1, 2018
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 370
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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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. “


About Mike Omer

Mike Omer is the author of the Zoe Bentley Mystery Series and the Glenmore Park Mystery Series. In the past, he’s been a journalist, a game developer, and the CEO of the company Loadingames. He is married to a woman who diligently forces him to live his dream, and is the father of an angel, a pixie, and a gremlin. He has two voracious hounds that wag their tail quite menacingly at anyone who comes near his home.

Mike loves to write about true-to-life people who are perpetrators or victims of crimes. He also likes writing funny stuff. He mixes these two loves quite passionately into his mystery books.

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Posted December 13, 2018 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 18 Comments

18 responses to “A Killer’s Mind by Mike Omer

  1. This type story is one of the few times that I don’t mind lack of character development for other characters, especially if the main character is really compelling. I’m always looking for new detective thrillers to try. Thanks, Anne!

    • I don’t think I have read any other than this one yet either. Since the new releases / blog tours, are slower this month I decided to read some of my purchases, new release freebies, etc. So far so good.

      Anne recently posted: Wild on My Mind by Laurel Kerr
  2. These kinds of stories are so creepy, with the serial killer in the plot and this one sounds worth the try. Hopefully the next book is a little better.