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Thicker than Blood (Zoe Bentley Mystery Book 3) Kindle Edition
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From Washington Post and Amazon Charts bestselling author Mike Omer comes the chilling conclusion to Zoe Bentley’s decades-long nightmare.
A murderer who drinks his victim’s blood? FBI profiler Zoe Bentley and Agent Tatum Gray thought they’d seen it all, but this young woman’s barbaric murder is especially hard to stomach.
They didn’t expect to work this case. But vampirism aside, the murderer’s MO is identical to that of Rod Glover—the serial killer who’s been pursuing Zoe since childhood. Forensics reveals the murder to be his work, but not his alone; desperate to fulfill his sick purpose, he has taken on an equally depraved partner.
Zoe’s own frustration grows after another woman turns up dead and drained—and another goes missing. Time is running out: Zoe knows her own death will be the climax of Glover’s sinister play, which has been unfolding for twenty years. To stop Glover and his vile partner, she’ll need to plunge deep into their motives; but this means drawing ever closer to becoming another casualty of a dark, dark thirst.
About the Author
Mike Omer has been a journalist, a game developer, and the CEO of Loadingames, but he can currently be found penning his next thriller. 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 suspenseful and often macabre 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.
- ASIN : B07RSRYJY4
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (June 23, 2020)
- Publication date : June 23, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 2985 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 431 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1542042445
- Best Sellers Rank: #11,459 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #414 in Psychological Thrillers (Kindle Store)
- #436 in Police Procedurals (Kindle Store)
- #448 in Women Sleuths (Books)
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His character builds remain consistent and allow him to just tell the story. There are no confusing connections or new information that isn't relatable to how the characters are built.
I need a little bath after this one (drinking blood and all), but it's a great story. It has that professional bend that let's you know there's been a lot of research done or there's some connection to the law enforcement profession, but it never gets in the way of "the story". Conversations are also fluid and it doesn't seem like a lot of wasted space (you know...like scenes from Tyler Perry shows). Mike Omer keeps you engaged the whole time. He also was able to do what of people don't seem to be able to do...he was able to create an ending that, while it hangs out there for a continuation of the Zoe Bentley series, didn't feel rushed or unseemly, but appropriate.
On a final note; a little digression. Come on Mike...what's up with Zoe Bentley and Tatum Gray and their...tension? I don't know what Omer is waiting for on that front. In fact, I don't think anybody got any the whole book except Rod Glover. Ain't that crazy!? Only the killer is getting buns. Go on 'head and even that out a lil' bit.
I really enjoy Zoe Bentley and Tatumn Grey's relationship and them as characters. I like the slow burn of their developing friendship/partnership as they learn to trust and rely on one another as well as how they challenge each other.
The case in this story was a bit predictable, I knew who unsub was by about halfway through but I still enjoyed the second half of the story and how it all came together at the end. I also really like that there is a growing collection of secondary characters in Zoe's life that build her up or need her. Zoe isn't a trope of damaged from trauma but she does struggle in an authentic way with her demons and doubts despite her acquired education and experience.
It's always nice to read a series that has fully fleshed out characters that could be actual people, from an author who not only writes well but writes in such a way that all aspects of life are infused into the story. Omer's books revolve around heartbreaking and violent crimes, around the police, agents and profilers who work tirelessly to solve them, and yet there are still so many moments of humor laced through. Just like what would happen in the real world, because people have lives and inner thoughts regardless of the atrocities they are facing. I think this is my favorite aspect to his books, the humanity of them. They are not just a string of over the top high drama, they are as realistic as they can be. That is ultimately what I want from fiction, I want to be able to believe the story for a while.
This book is not for the squeamish. Mike Omer spares no details. We see what these psychopathic killers are like, up close and personal, and we feel it from both the killers’ and the victims’ perspectives.
I liked that the storylines converge here, so the new case intertwines with the ongoing case from the first two books, and we finally see resolution.
I had minor issues with the portrayal of the delusional killer, who is completely out of touch with reality at some points, but also able to hold down a job and appear “normal” when necessary. I got that he was spiraling out of control, but sometimes the timing felt too convenient. Even so, I found him interesting, and I enjoyed the dynamics between him and Rod Glover, our original psychopath.
Thicker Than Blood is a twisted tale of two killers; one who gets off on control and one who will do anything to get the blood he believes he needs. While you could probably read it as a stand-alone, I recommend starting with A Killer's Mind, book one, to better understand all the intricacies of the story.
A murderer who drinks his victim’s blood? FBI Forensic Psychologist Zoe Bentley and Special Agent Tatum Gray thought they’d seen it all, but this young woman’s barbaric murder is especially hard to stomach. They didn’t expect to work this case but vampirism aside, the murderer’s MO is identical to that of Rod Glover - the serial killer who’s been pursuing Zoe since childhood. Forensics reveals the murder to be his work but not his alone.
I was lucky again to get book 3 on sale for $1.99; reg 6.99 PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don’t wait for a sale; these 3 books are so good even paying full price you will get a 5-star read. Just had to finish this trilogy altering reading books 1 & 2. I continued right away with book 3. Same pace and great writing as his first two books in the series. Not a fan of vampirism but didn’t take away from a great series overall. I’m going to miss these characters.
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This is the third book in the series and, as with the previous two, is brilliant. Zoe and Tatum work so well together, the socially awkward profiler, her increasingly confident and talented partner, and they also have their immediate families on hand to add an extra layer to their stories.
There is an originality to Mike Omer's work which keeps the pages turning and the cases are always complex and detailed with so many threads running through them ensuring nothing is quite as it seems.
I was able to read an advanced copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publishers in exchange for an unbiased review and would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the first two books or just wants an excellent read.
In his notes at the end the author explains that this was the hardest of the three books to write, and I can understand why as the plot is so involved and devious but well planned and it works extremely well. I do hope that there will be another Zoe Bentley adventure in the not too distant future as I always look forward to reading them and can highly recommend them all.
Dr Zoe Bentley, the FBI psychologist, who made such an impact previously, is a wooden replica and her partner Agent Tatum Gray, an aside. Also, the Rod Glover murderer theme has well worn it’s course.
So....Zoe is still obsessed with Bentley and she takes time away, with Tatum, to consider evidence that Bentley may still be killing. A church goer in the Chicago area has been murdered and police officer O’Connell is In charge of the case. During the gathering of information, a different modus operandi reveals itself- blood sucking/vampirism (very silly).... so could there be an accomplice?
The three law officers work together to apprehend the killer before there’s another murder and hopefully (please!!) stop Bentley if he’s responsible.
When you get to the end of this and it’s a long time arriving, there is an indication that a third person may be involved. This idea is left hanging.
I wouldn’t recommend this. I give it two stars instead of one as there are a few parts that outshine the general poor storyline.