If you have ever watched an episode of Criminal Minds, then you basically know the premise of A Killer’s Mind. If you love Criminal Minds (which I do), then I think that you will enjoy this book.
Goodreads: 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.
While I was reading this book, I felt that I was actually in Chicago visiting the crime scenes, eating at the diner, and hanging out in the motel room. The author creates a vivid image in the way that he describes locations and settings in a way that touches all of the senses. There are 4 different POVs in the story, and I think that most of them are important for telling the story. The POVs are from Zoe’s perspective, Tatum’s perspective, the killer’s perspective, and Harry – reporter that randomly shows up towards the end of the book. I understand why his was included as a POV, but I felt that it was kind of forced into the book. If he was going to be used as a POV, I feel that his contribution to the plot should have been more significant throughout the book instead of towards the end.
The main character, Zoe, is an Forensic Psychologist consulting with the FBI. She gets recruited for a case in Chicago and dives straight into finding the “Undertaker Strangler”. Zoe is trying to maintain a clear and objective mind when working the case; however, she is struggling with her own past that continues to taunt her. Zoe is a very dynamic character, and I think that she is relatable as a character. Reading her perspective was my favorite chapters in the book because the reader is able to see how she is able to make connections and deductions to build a criminal profile. I love psychological thrillers, and I think this was a great read. I definitely recommend it if you enjoy suspense novels.
I really did enjoy this book, and I truly liked it.. With that being said, I feel that there were some details in the book that seem unnecessary, and I will get to that in a minute because I don’t want to include spoilers just yet. When I read suspense, thrillers, mysteries, or whatever, I always try to pay attention to details because I want to figure out who the killer is before it is revealed. The author had details in this book that seemed to throw me off the trail completely; however, I did (almost) figure it out before the big reveal.
When Zoe was continuing to investigate, and she believed the serial killer she faced as a teenager was responsible for the murders, she went to the home of one of the victims friends. At this point, I was convinced that there was a connection and that she and her boyfriend were involved. This was what I meant by throwing me off. Apparently, this detail had no significance other than to redirect the reader. In the case, I will give the author credit. But as a reader who tries to pay attention to detail, it kind of pissed me off. I am so interested in seeing where this story goes, and what will happen in the next book. At the end of the book, there was a cliffhanger. When Rod Glover – serial killer from Zoe’s childhood – shows up in the city she lives in and gets a selfie with Zoe’s sister, I felt that intense emotion that Zoe must have felt. Throughout the book, Andrea (Zoe’s sister) isn’t present much. She is mentioned many times, and readers are able to read about her from the chapters that are from Zoe’s past. Because of this, I felt that I built a connection with Andrea, and I need to know what happens next!
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If you want a book that will take you to the edge, hold you there for a while, then send you straight over with anticipation… read this book. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. It seriously reminds me of Criminal Minds, but I think it is better because the reader can follow the thoughts of the forensic psychologist and understand how connections are made. Zoe is a feisty creature that has a passion for what she does, and I really enjoyed reading about her history and watching her character development.
I haven’t mentioned Tatum yet…. I’m not sure how I feel about him yet. I feel like the author is setting up a romance between Zoe and Tatum, and I like that he is super protective over her. He seems uptight and a bit too focused. I think if he loosens up, then he might be easier to like. We’ll see how it turns out.
I read this on my kindle, so if you are interested in checking it out I’ll leave a link below. I’ll also leave my last few book reviews if you want to check those out. If you’ve read this, or think you might read it let me know your thoughts!