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A Killer's Mind (Zoe Bentley Mystery, 1) Paperback – January 29, 2019
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Mike Omer has been a journalist, a game developer, and the CEO of Loadingames, but he can currently be found penning the next in his series of thrillers featuring forensic psychologist Zoe Bentley. Omer loves to write about two things: real people who could be the perpetrators or victims of crimes―and funny stuff. He mixes these two loves quite passionately into his often-macabre, suspenseful mysteries. Omer is married to a woman who diligently forces him to live his dream, and he is father to an angel, a pixie, and a gremlin. He has two voracious hounds that wag their tails quite menacingly at anyone who dares approach his home.
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer; Reprint edition (January 29, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 380 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1503900746
- ISBN-13 : 978-1503900745
- Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #253,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 to an event that the author purposely shrouds. The shadows in both their paths are initially left hidden, creating curiosity. Despite their faults, I found myself liking both of the characters.
Mr. Omer tells the story through multiple eyes, giving us a chance to experience the story from Zoe and Tatum, as well as sharing occasional glimpses of the killer. It was interesting for the author to develop the character of Zoe with flashbacks to her high school days during a time when a serial killer was terrorizing her community.
The book has a good, even flow to it, the action proceeding at a steady pace and the police procedural aspects carrying a realistic feeling. This is a story that you can sink your teeth into, and I never got the feeling that the author would let me down by introducing surrealistic twists or having Zoe or Tatum do things that were drastically out of character. For those concerned about language, Mr. Omer has managed to craft a book that features very little cursing or swearing, relying more on his talent rather than shock value.
Overall, an entertaining read, and definitely a positive start to a series. Five stars.
She as a teenager locked herself in a bedroom with her little sister while skeevy neighbor banged on the door and other neighbor called cops and OMG NOTHING HAPPENED!
Nothing. Happened. To. Her.
Oh and now her skeevy neighbor is the serial killer she's hunting down.
I've tried for a month to pick this back up but I just can't.
This is just two sentences out of the entire book, but it sums up the juvenile writing style. Can running out of coffee really be seen as a "debacle" worthy of noting the year? The main character isn't living in isolation. Find a coffee shop and stop being a drama teen. Writer mentions that the main character is 33 years old, but the way she goes on about coffee makes me think this was written by a teenager who has just been allowed to have it for the first time. And two filters will make it stronger? Has the author ever made coffee? The more filters the weaker the brew.
Nope. I didn't finish this one.
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 for occasions to take offense, and other than anger, she has almost no personality. She exhibits nothing that makes me want to know more about her. And for all of her accolades/highly respected/professional...she suddenly becomes convinced that no one will believe her theory and decides she needs to go it alone (ah yes, the rogue agent, I'm sure nothing could go wrong).
Tatum has more personality, but is a bit of a "bro": cocky, always right, thinks he can charm his way into getting information. He also seems to have no problem with going rogue. Tatum lives with his 87 year old grandfather, who's kind of a player and likes recreational drugs. He also seems to be in some kind of power struggle with Tatum's cat. I wish he had been in the book a little more, he was entertaining.
The serial killer had a few POV chapters, and they were pretty chilling. Points to the author for really upping the creepy factor.
The case does get solved, but the book still ends on a bit of a cliffhanger.
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 troubled past and a history of severe emotional distress; works in some capacity for the FBI; makes stupid choices and endangers her life, is injured in an altercation with a killer, etc. If not for the 1997 chapters, I would’ve pegged Zoe as someone on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum.
I was not aware that this was book #1 of a series that features cliffhanger(s). I appreciated the “partial” denouement, but due to the protagonists’ personalities or lack thereof, I will not be reading the rest of this series.
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I have been disappointed in series sequels before too often to think I will bother here and in any case this book didn't whet my appetite in that direction.