• A Killer's Mind

  • Zoe Bentley Mystery
  • By: Mike Omer
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (12,223 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times and Washington Post bestselling serial-killer thriller 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; 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.

©2018 Michael Omer (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Hooked me from the beginning...

I was so glad to see this book as a kindle first pick so I was able to purchase the audiobook for $1.99. Honestly, I would have paid a credit for it regardless, this book is that good. I listened to Mike Omer's Glenmore Park mystery series and he instantly became an author I watch for.
This book has similarities to to his previous series. A police/FBI procedural with the protagonist having a younger sister who needs protecting and a deranged serial killer who initially appears very innocuous.
The story is told from different points of view including the killer's. You don't get to find out the why until almost the end.
Brittany Pressley does a great job narrating. She does speak kind of slow so I had to listen with the narration speed increased.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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This was so good! 5 stars!!

First time I've read this author and let me say it wouldn't be my last! I loved this book! Finished it in one day as I couldn't stop listening to it! Loved the character's and the narrator was fantastic! Great story line...and I have to say there was some humor in it as well....which I don't think is often said to describe this type of genre....but it was so good. Can't wait for book #2....and in the mean time I will definitely check out his other books! Best audio of the summer!

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Loved the book and the narration..



I have to go with the 15,000+ four and five star reviewers that liked/loved this book. I really, really liked it and I will definitely read more from this author. As with most books you can find something silly or stupid or immature or vulgar or sick, or whatever in it, but I look past that and ask myself if the murder mystery/suspense was good or was it all of the above descriptions. Yeah, it was good. I liked that it was about MAYBE 2 serial killers, you had to wait until the end to find out. Was it the killer from Zoe’s childhood or was it someone else.

I liked Tatum and Zoe and I was rooting for them to get romantically involved, just a little romance, though. But, alas, it was not to be. I also liked her sister Andrea, as a little girl and as a grownup.

I thought it was amazing that Zoe started reading everything she could find on forensic profiling when she was 14 years old, when 3 girls she knew were murdered, and continued with that career until she became a Forensic Pathologist for the FBI. And at 14 she profiled the real killer but no one believed her because of her age. However, the killer she’s profiled when she was young tried to kill her again while she was working for the FBI BUT he got away and we’ll find out nothing about him until the next book in JUNE of 2019.

No romance and the F-bomb was used 1 time.

As to the narration: GREAT! Brittany Pressley has certainly come a long way recently. Not only with her voices but with the emotions when she reads. I enjoyed her narration immensely.

Another thing I loved, loved, loved about this book was that it WAS NOT written in the first person.

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Made worse by one lame FBI Agent

How can anyone respect an FBI agent who can't tell the difference between his own cat or a prowler? I mean.. seriously? He then loses me even more by requesting that Zoe come join him in an investigation.. but then quickly proceeds (in so many words) to tell her that her profiling skills are basically useless. I think that whole scenario was all about manufacturing the oh-so-lame tension between these two in order to facilitate grudging respect and eventually (gasp!) ...a blooming romance. No cliche here.. The book is not all bad though.. I liked the grandfather a lot, even if he is a bit over-done, and there is some pretty clever dialog. The narration was excellent but that's not enough to overcome the shortcomings, so this will probably be my first and last book in this series.

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Ugh: two cliffhangers!

This was a conventional mystery, and I wouldn't have bothered to review, except the ending infuriated me. There were not one, but two cliffhangers.

MILD SPOILER ALERT:

First, we don't find out if the two lead characters get together romantically.

Second, and much worse, there is a last-minute major plot twist that goes unresolved.

The author and editor might have thought this was a brilliant move to ensure that we will purchase/read Mike Omer's subsequent book. But, at least in my case, it backfired. I'll never read another one of his works.

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I want more

This story is full of suspense! you dont see the ending coming. I loved it! And I'm hoping for a sequel!

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Author Mike Omer's second series

I liked Omer's Glenmore Park series a lot. A KILLERS MIND, the first novel in the Zoe Bentley series, is even better. Zoe Bentley is a forensic psychologist and FBI profiler called in to help with a serial killer case in Chicago. It turns out that the possible killer was a neighbor of Bentley when she was growing up. Brittany Pressley with her crystal clear voice does a stellar job of narrating. She is rapidly becoming one of my favorites.

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Gruesome and icky

Today's world is bad enough without reading this. Not a fan of sycophants . For those not faint of heart.

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I hung in for 4 hours and then returned.

Really lame. I didn't think a story could be gruesome and boring at the same time but the author manages to pull it off. I literally fell asleep listening several times. It just really falls flat. The characters are one-dimensional and unlikeable. It's one cliche after another and amateurish. The narrator brings nothing to the situation either. She sounds bored as well.

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Disappointing

Don’t understand the high rating. Preposterous story with terrible narration. Perhaps if the narration was better I would have found story more interesting instead of being put off by an unlikeable female forensic psychologist from Boston who speaks with a random “Jersey girl” accent. There was absolutely no need to use an accent, especially to only use it occasionally.

Had a hard time posting because of one star review. Had to give narration 2 stars then change it after review was written.

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  • Nettynet
  • 08-05-18

a good read.

a good read overall. However, it is slightly macabre and unsettling entering the killers mind.

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  • Anthony M.
  • 04-23-19

Brilliant

this book had me hooked within 5 minutes and never let go. exciting from start to finish. can't wait for next instalment

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  • FELICITY GAINARD
  • 10-02-18

Boring

Found this book boring and struggled to stay focused, the last hour was the best bit . Took me a few days to get through . Not bad enough to stop but struggled

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  • Ema Emukas
  • 08-12-18

Great

The book was great, tense, fast paced, easy to follow. Predictable to the way it makes you feel smart, but fresh and full off unexpected turns that keeps you interested. One of the best crime/detectives i read/listened in quite some time.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-16-21

Great story, lots of plot twists and well perform.

Great story, lots of plot twists and very well performed. I really look forward to reading the next Zoe Bentley installment

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  • Mr. S. M. Elliott
  • 04-18-20

Fantastic start to a new series

The story is very well written and the plot is not outrageous. The characters are well developed and likeable. The author has a very nice flow. The main reason I bought this title was the narrator and once again she nails it, bringing the story to life.

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  • Dr Tony 88
  • 10-27-18

Good story and narrator

I enjoyed this story and thought the narrator was very good. I look forward to the next one in the series.

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  • Rebecca C
  • 10-17-18

Enjoyable but predictable

The characters are good & is easy listening however I guessed the killer when introduced.

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  • Lesley Mansell
  • 03-16-22

Great read

I loved this book, great characters and story. roll on the next one, as I will be reading it.

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  • Rob Roy
  • 10-31-21

Brilliant serial killer thriller

Ok so Mike Omer is a new author for me - which is clearly a major oversight on my part. I favour a kindle book/audiobook combo experience enabling me to listen whenever I cannot read. Often I listen more than read - but with "A Killer's Mind" I found that I needed to read more - it is twice as fast and I needed to know what happened next. This was a one-day job! There are quite a few serial killer/ forensic psychologist/ FBI agent novels (or variations on a theme) out there and I have read a few but this is definitely up there with the best I have encountered. The characters are interesting and fairly complex and there is plenty of tension. Perhaps the plot is not super-original but there are plenty of quirky things going on - Freckles the cat for example - and the killer( or maybe killers') motivations/actions remain intriguing throughout (though not in any way pleasant of course! ). A slight irritation is that not everything is resolved at the end - but that does ensure that there are more compelling hours ahead in the company of Ms Bentley - and Agent Gray - in the next books which I am off to read any minute now.....
Fans of David Baldacci's Atlee Pine novels will, I feel sure, enjoy this.
PS I really enjoy Brittany Pressley's narration.

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  • Alex
  • 03-10-19

Utterly Absurd...

Infantile C grade cop movie spudge. I keep waiting for Michael Ironside to walk in and growl: 'What's da connection.'
Hey, that would probly've improved it.
This here is what you call a slop of unoriginal narrative served with a side order of cardboard characterisations, and over-seasoned with bland cliches and wince-inducing stereotypes.
I mean, the killer is called: "the Strangling Undertaker" for !&@#*$ sake.
How's about a little sample:
"When Tatum saw Lieutenant Samuel Martinez from the Chicago PD, he was quite taken with the man's mustache. He shook his hand, wondering how the mustache would look on his own face. It was well groomed and thick, with a Tom Selleckish style, giving Martinez's mouth an aura of importance... [his MOUTH has an aura of importance? For pity's sake!]
Tatum suspected that if he tried the same face decor, he'd look like a pervy literature professor who slept with his students. Some mustaches belonged on other people's faces. So far, Tatum had failed to find one that belonged on his own."
This, by the way, is Tatum the FBI agent, whose cat, Freckle, he has just left in the care of his cocaine-purchasing Grandpa, along with strict orders the cat is to be kept well away from the fish he's just been given by his FBI superior, Mancuso.
'But I'm warning you,' says Mancuso, after promising Tatum the single fish from her aquarium. 'He's a bastard'.
And while these morons are knocking heads and chatting about Freckle the Cat, the Bastard Fish, Cocaine Grandpa and Mustache Sam, the Strangling Undertaker is literally in the process of striking again...
Yeah. Not exactly a literary colossus.
The reader is actually ok, but even good reading can't stop this giant clanking honk-box from reeling through your brain like nails down a chalkboard.
Safe to say I'll be returning this and never EVER buying another. I would highly recommend you Swerve Awayyyyyy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-05-21

Very enjoyable

I really enjoyed this book and found the storyline kept my interest to the end. I look forward to the next book to learn more about the characters.

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  • Roxanne. K
  • 01-11-22

A Decent Thriller

This was a good book, I enjoyed myself for the most part but there were some issues.

The premise was interesting and the actual triller plot line was compelling. I was intrigued enough by the serial killer himself and the hunt for him to keep reading the book till the end. I really loved that we got the killers POV as well as one of the victims POVs. It would have been even better if we were able to get a few more scenes of the serial killer and one more of his victims just to give it that extra chilling feel.

What I didn’t care for was Zoe and her past time line. Every time we went back to 1997, I didn’t care. I just wanted to go back to the present and the killings that were happening now. I found Zoe both in the past and present so annoying, and I got really tired of her POV real quickly. She just seemed so stupid for someone who is meant to be a profiler and pretty damn smart. Some of her choices just left me baffled and I kept thinking this book would be so much better without her.

I like Tatum, though he isn’t a new favourite character, he grew on me a lot through the book and I found him very enjoyable by the end. His ability to get on the nerves of nearly everyone he meets was funny and his grandpa and cat Freckle were the highlight of this story.

Yes I will admit that I did enjoy Tatum and Zoe’s dynamic once they finally started working together, but it was so late in the book that it didn’t do much to change my mind on Zoe.

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  • Roshana
  • 02-06-19

so intriguing, many twists!

this was a great book. so many plot twists, enthralling to the last word! definitely recommend