A Killer's Mind

Zoe Bentley Mystery
By: Mike Omer
Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
Series: Zoe Bentley Mystery, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
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A killer’s mind is her playground.

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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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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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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horrible ending. Main character is annoying.

Main character plays tough throughout, then catches the bad guy by taking her clothes off. Lame.

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Character's accent had me confused..

This is a good story to play if you don't want to do much thinking. The narrator was okay. Bad with men's voices and I was really confused about the accent she was doing for the main character. I didn't know if they were Australian, British or southern. it wasnt until she said she was from MA that it made some sense.

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Predictable ending

Zoe's accent was silly and half way through it was obvious to those who are devoted mystery novels what was going to occur. Still reading the remainder is a necessity - hoping for twist. Sadly no.

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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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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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Hamish
  • 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... [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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  • Roshana
  • 02-06-19

so intriguing, many twists!

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