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A forensic psychologist fights a mental war against two serial killers in this disturbing thriller from Mike Omer, Washington Post and Amazon Charts bestselling author of A Killer’s Mind. An online video of a girl clawing at the ceiling of her own grave could be the worst thing FBI forensic psychologist Zoe Bentley has ever seen. Perhaps even more disturbing is the implicat A forensic psychologist fights a mental war against two serial killers in this disturbing thriller from Mike Omer, Washington Post and Amazon Charts bestselling author of A Killer’s Mind. An online video of a girl clawing at the ceiling of her own grave could be the worst thing FBI forensic psychologist Zoe Bentley has ever seen. Perhaps even more disturbing is the implication of the video’s title: “Experiment Number One.” Zoe and her partner, Special Agent Tatum Gray, work as fast as they can to find the monster behind the shocking video, but soon another one shows up online, and another girl turns up dead. Meanwhile, a different murderer is on Zoe’s mind. Rod Glover has been tormenting her since childhood, and his latest attack is a threatening photo of himself with Zoe’s sister. As Glover’s threats creep toward action, Zoe’s torn between family and duty. Zoe must think fast to prevent another murder. With her own family’s safety on the line, Zoe feels she’s never been in more danger. And while she’s always known her job could send her to an early grave, she always assumed she’d be dead first.


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A forensic psychologist fights a mental war against two serial killers in this disturbing thriller from Mike Omer, Washington Post and Amazon Charts bestselling author of A Killer’s Mind. An online video of a girl clawing at the ceiling of her own grave could be the worst thing FBI forensic psychologist Zoe Bentley has ever seen. Perhaps even more disturbing is the implicat A forensic psychologist fights a mental war against two serial killers in this disturbing thriller from Mike Omer, Washington Post and Amazon Charts bestselling author of A Killer’s Mind. An online video of a girl clawing at the ceiling of her own grave could be the worst thing FBI forensic psychologist Zoe Bentley has ever seen. Perhaps even more disturbing is the implication of the video’s title: “Experiment Number One.” Zoe and her partner, Special Agent Tatum Gray, work as fast as they can to find the monster behind the shocking video, but soon another one shows up online, and another girl turns up dead. Meanwhile, a different murderer is on Zoe’s mind. Rod Glover has been tormenting her since childhood, and his latest attack is a threatening photo of himself with Zoe’s sister. As Glover’s threats creep toward action, Zoe’s torn between family and duty. Zoe must think fast to prevent another murder. With her own family’s safety on the line, Zoe feels she’s never been in more danger. And while she’s always known her job could send her to an early grave, she always assumed she’d be dead first.

30 review for In the Darkness

  1. 5 out of 5

    Joey R.

    1.5 Stars — I just finished “In the Darkness” Mike Omer’s second Zoe Bentley book. I really enjoyed the first book in the series, “A Killer’s Mind” so I was hoping that this book would be just as good,if not better, than the first book ... it wasn’t. In fact the word preposterous comes to mind as I think back at all the contrived twists and turns the author chose to include in this book. “In the Darkness” once again follows Zoe Bentley a behavior analyst for the FBI and her partner, Tatum Gray, 1.5 Stars — I just finished “In the Darkness” Mike Omer’s second Zoe Bentley book. I really enjoyed the first book in the series, “A Killer’s Mind” so I was hoping that this book would be just as good,if not better, than the first book ... it wasn’t. In fact the word preposterous comes to mind as I think back at all the contrived twists and turns the author chose to include in this book. “In the Darkness” once again follows Zoe Bentley a behavior analyst for the FBI and her partner, Tatum Gray, an FBI agent as they attempt to stop a serial killer in Texas who goes by the unoriginal moniker of “The Digging Killer”. His claim to fame is that he buries his victims alive until they suffocate. Simultaneous to this, the story also follows Zoe’s sister who is being stalked by a different serial killer in Virginia. Both plots are ridiculous and made me feel like the author was rewriting the first novel but with a less realistic villain than the first book. Team the dueling ridiculous storylines with the fact that both Tatum and Bentley would have to be more clairvoyant than the Amazing Kreskin to connect the so called clues that allow them to solve or get out of multiple situations. Mix these problems with phony dialogue and a stereotypical reporter who travels across the country to cover this case in its early stages to make things more difficult for the main characters and you have the recipe for a bad novel. I know I am in the minority on this one but I was definitely my least favorite book of the year.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Luvtoread

    LolSometimes detective mysteries and FBI thrillers tell the same story over and over with different names for their characters. This is not the case with "In The Darkness" by Mike Omer. I found this novel to be exciting and very well written and while I have read many good thrillers, I have not felt excitement when reading them and now I have become a real fan of Mike Omer! The story mainly takes place in Texas and revolves around Zoe Bentley who works for the FBI as a profiler psychologist and S LolSometimes detective mysteries and FBI thrillers tell the same story over and over with different names for their characters. This is not the case with "In The Darkness" by Mike Omer. I found this novel to be exciting and very well written and while I have read many good thrillers, I have not felt excitement when reading them and now I have become a real fan of Mike Omer! The story mainly takes place in Texas and revolves around Zoe Bentley who works for the FBI as a profiler psychologist and Special Agent Tatum Gray also working in the BAU (Behaviour Assessment Unit). They are called into help in a case of a young woman who is buried alive and her abductor has downloaded this horrific scene to the internet to attract attention from viewers. Many people are not taking the live broadcast seriously and are claiming the disturbing video is a prank. The police department and the FBI must quickly assess the situation before it becomes too late to save the buried girl in the event that she really is a victim of a monster who is just getting started in making a name for himself. This book was so well-written and had all the elements of suspense, mystery, drama, and excitement. I also enjoyed the fact that I didn't know the identity of the villain until the end of the book and I also just bought the first book in the series because this was such a great read for me. I loved this story and I highly recommend to other readers. I have given this book 5 Exciting 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Stars!! I want to thank the publisher Thomas & Mercer and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this terrific novel!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jess☺️

    In To The Darkness by Mike Omer is the second book in the Zoe Bentley series and it certainly continues to get better,you start to see the characters grow and rub along together greatly. Grandad Marvin, psycho cat freckles and Timothy the fish are the comedy trio that takes the edge off the darkness in this series( they definitely give you a good giggle🤣) There's still the killer from Zoe's childhood lingering in the shadows of this story but it's just enough to keep you wondering when his time u In To The Darkness by Mike Omer is the second book in the Zoe Bentley series and it certainly continues to get better,you start to see the characters grow and rub along together greatly. Grandad Marvin, psycho cat freckles and Timothy the fish are the comedy trio that takes the edge off the darkness in this series( they definitely give you a good giggle🤣) There's still the killer from Zoe's childhood lingering in the shadows of this story but it's just enough to keep you wondering when his time up. The main killer to this story is definitely the twisted kind(aren't they always??) Who gets off burying women alive. The killer when caught is not the person you expected there's no clues at all,if you're claustrophobic and hate the darkness I would get yourself mentally prepared.😲 I would definitely recommend this book and I'm looking forward to book 3 📖

  4. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    Mike Omer is back with another impactful thriller that presents another ruthless serial killer out for some twisted revenge. Dr. Zoe Bentley is a star within the FBI’s Behavioural Analyst Unit (BAU), using her skills to profile some of the country’s worst killers. Bentley is still coming to terms with the knowledge that an acquaintance is on the loose, a serial killer in his own right. Zoe’s sister, Andrea, appears to be a target, which leaves everyone feeling a little less than safe. When Bentl Mike Omer is back with another impactful thriller that presents another ruthless serial killer out for some twisted revenge. Dr. Zoe Bentley is a star within the FBI’s Behavioural Analyst Unit (BAU), using her skills to profile some of the country’s worst killers. Bentley is still coming to terms with the knowledge that an acquaintance is on the loose, a serial killer in his own right. Zoe’s sister, Andrea, appears to be a target, which leaves everyone feeling a little less than safe. When Bentley and her partner, Agent Tatum Gray, receive word that there appears to be a sick killer down in Texas, they take a particular interest. Someone using the online handle ‘Schrodinger’ has posted an extended video of burying a woman alive, which includes streams of both the grave digging and inside the makeshift coffin. When asked by the San Angelo PD to assist with this, Bentley and Gray fly across the country, though Andrea’s safety remains a concern. When they arrive, Bentley and Gray scour the crime scene photos and posted video for clues, but things are slow going. When another woman goes missing, Bentley tries to better understand the psychological aspects of the crime. She learns as much as she can about the famous Schrödinger Box thought experiment, including the nuances of what is supposed to be inside the box itself. When another link appears, it would seem that things are ramping up at an unexpected rate. Bentley and Gray must work quickly to solve this case and stop the disappearances. Meanwhile, Andrea is haunted by the constant fear that she will be attacked, which only makes her all the more paranoid. Things on both fronts soon take a turn for the worse, leaving the reader to pay close attention during the latter chapters of the book. Omer has developed another stunning novel that takes the reader into the mind of someone divorced from reality. Recommended for those who love a good psychological mystery that keeps the mind racing throughout. I thoroughly enjoyed Omer’s debut novel in this series, as it pulled me in from the early chapters and would not let go. This was another wonderfully crafted piece that mixes sadistic killings with a psychological angle. Zoe Bentley proves yet again to be a wonderful character, whose attention to detail works wonders in her work life. Wanting to get to the core of those whose minds she seeks to analyse, Zoe does all in her power to better understand those who wreak havoc. All the while, she must battle with the knowledge that her sister, Andrea, remains a potential target. With a narrative offering parallel advancement of the plots, the reader is able to see the dedication that Zoe possesses. Other characters offer wonderful flavours to the story and complement the narrative effectively. Omer is able to craft wonderful individuals to keep the story fresh and the reader fully engaged. The story is strong and takes the reader into the depths of a killer’s mind, which also serves to entertain throughout. With short chapters, the pages seem to flow by without much effort, matched with a strong story and insightful perspectives. Kudos, Mr. Omer, for another wonderful novel. I know you have other series and I may have to give them a read through before long. Love/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/ A Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ruthy lavin

    It took me an absolute age to read this purely because I had study material to read also which had to take priority.... but that doesn’t take anything away from how good this was. I’ve already pre-ordered the Zoe Bentley #3 book in the series, being released in 2020. Can’t wait! A good, solid and well written crime fiction book for fans of crime thrillers everywhere 👍🏼

  6. 5 out of 5

    Pat (not getting friend updates currently)

    Gosh the story rocked along at a cracking pace and I really enjoyed that. On reflection, yeah there were a few cringeworthy moments and bits of dialogue. On the whole I liked it and would read the next one but maybe the author could, I don't know, tone it down a bit. I'm not sure the interaction between Zoe and Tatum is realistic. Gosh the story rocked along at a cracking pace and I really enjoyed that. On reflection, yeah there were a few cringeworthy moments and bits of dialogue. On the whole I liked it and would read the next one but maybe the author could, I don't know, tone it down a bit. I'm not sure the interaction between Zoe and Tatum is realistic.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Fiona

    The second book in the Zoe Bentley series picks up just as the first one finishes - they could both still be read without reading the other, but you'll gain a lot more context by reading both. I'm so torn on this series. On the one hand, Mike Omer clearly cares about getting the details right - there's little bits where Zoe shines, or the psychological details are just perfect, and you can see the care that went into researching and making sure he was accurate. It's endearing, and it does a lot t The second book in the Zoe Bentley series picks up just as the first one finishes - they could both still be read without reading the other, but you'll gain a lot more context by reading both. I'm so torn on this series. On the one hand, Mike Omer clearly cares about getting the details right - there's little bits where Zoe shines, or the psychological details are just perfect, and you can see the care that went into researching and making sure he was accurate. It's endearing, and it does a lot to make up for the clunkier moments, but they're still there. There's no "Strangling Undertaker" this time (good lord, that name was terrible), but it's not much better this time around. The name dropping of music artists continues, and the dialogue gets pretty clunky as well. It just doesn't quite sound like things people say - none of it is unreasonable if it were written correspondence, but it's just not words people use out loud. However, though I'm sounding critical, the endearing qualities of this series continue to win me over enough that I know I'll be continuing the series. There's a lot here that improves on the first book, and I look forward to seeing it continue.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Phoebe Jeziel

    I 👏🏽 NEED 👏🏽 THIS 👏🏽 BOOK 👏🏽 YESTERDAY 👏🏽 Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 FIVE PHENOMENAL GLOWING STARS. This series continues to be an absolute favorite of mine, love love LOVE IT. I’m so excited for the Glover show down. I hope this isn’t simply a trilogy, I would really like to see more of this duo. ❤️❤️

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    The second book in the Zoe Bentley series picks up right on the heels of A Killer's Mind. Forensic psychologist Zoe Bentley is back at Quantico, VA and serial killer Rod Glover is still haunting her. She wants to join the FBI hunt for him. For her it is personal. But, she is needed elsewhere. Zoe and her partner, Tatum Gray, are sent to San Angelo, Texas where a potential serial killer may be at work. A video was posted online showing a woman who was buried alive clawing at her grave. The person The second book in the Zoe Bentley series picks up right on the heels of A Killer's Mind. Forensic psychologist Zoe Bentley is back at Quantico, VA and serial killer Rod Glover is still haunting her. She wants to join the FBI hunt for him. For her it is personal. But, she is needed elsewhere. Zoe and her partner, Tatum Gray, are sent to San Angelo, Texas where a potential serial killer may be at work. A video was posted online showing a woman who was buried alive clawing at her grave. The person who posted the video called himself "Schrodinger". The video was titled "Experiment Number One". Hence the fear that this may be a serial killer. This fear becomes fact when a second video of woman buried alive is posted. The clock is ticking. How many victims will there be before he can be stopped? While this is happening Zoe is worried about her sister, Andrea, who is alone back in Virginia with Rod Glover potentially stalking her. Tatum has his own problems. Before being transferred to Quantico Tatum had been in Los Angeles. He had shot and killed a pedophile and an investigation into the shooting is being reopened. This is a cause for some friction between Zoe and Tatum which just doesn't ring true. There are other characters who aren't realistic either such as the captain of the San Angelo police and a Chicago reporter who learns what Zoe is working on and travels to San Angelo to get a scoop on the story. Then there is Tatum's grandfather, Marvin, who adds some comedy to a dark story. When the identity of the killer is revealed it was quite a surprise and unexpected. These helped to make the story enjoyable. The writing is not great but it is not so bad that I would not be interested in reading the next story in the series Thicker than Blood.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Roz

    This is a second book in a police procedural series, which can be read without the first one, but I would recommend starting at the beginning to get the full story with the overarching plot. This second instalment deals with a serial killer burying women alive and I was pleasantly surprised that the author switched the obvious solution for something actually unexpected. The series has great mysteries, humor and likeable characters (especially Tatum’s grandfather, he’s too funny). I highly recomm This is a second book in a police procedural series, which can be read without the first one, but I would recommend starting at the beginning to get the full story with the overarching plot. This second instalment deals with a serial killer burying women alive and I was pleasantly surprised that the author switched the obvious solution for something actually unexpected. The series has great mysteries, humor and likeable characters (especially Tatum’s grandfather, he’s too funny). I highly recommend.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Really enjoying this series! I thought book 2 was just as good as book 1. Omer does a great job at writing some really tense moments, and so far I haven't been able to guess the ending. I was all set to start book 3, but it's not available on Scribd! Hopefully it will be up there soon so I can see what happens next! :) Marvin is in this one, too, and he's just as awesome and hilarious! Really enjoying this series! I thought book 2 was just as good as book 1. Omer does a great job at writing some really tense moments, and so far I haven't been able to guess the ending. I was all set to start book 3, but it's not available on Scribd! Hopefully it will be up there soon so I can see what happens next! :) Marvin is in this one, too, and he's just as awesome and hilarious!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Adah Udechukwu

    In the Darkness is a great thriller. The novel has the right twist and turns.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tracy T.

    This was a great story and superb narration! I enjoyed every bit of this book! (audible review) I am a Zoe Bentley fan! I love her character and thought process. I like Tatum as well. The story line and plot was great. I love a great FBI profiler story. Trying to figure out who the psycho killer is. Great stuff. This one was super crazy too. I don't want to give spoilers away so I won't. The first book was great and the second just a good. I loved them both and highly recommend them- in order. As This was a great story and superb narration! I enjoyed every bit of this book! (audible review) I am a Zoe Bentley fan! I love her character and thought process. I like Tatum as well. The story line and plot was great. I love a great FBI profiler story. Trying to figure out who the psycho killer is. Great stuff. This one was super crazy too. I don't want to give spoilers away so I won't. The first book was great and the second just a good. I loved them both and highly recommend them- in order. As for the narration, I love Brittany Pressley she is an amazing narrator and does a fantastic job on all the men's voices. She gives everyone their own distinct voice. She has an amazing reading voice too. Loved it!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Gonsalves

    I've always loved books on serial killers and this series feeds my fantasy like no other! I was mesmerized by A Killer's Mind - the first book in the Zoe Bentley series and compelled me into reading In the Darkness. I found this book to be highly thrilling, dark and an addictive read. An online video of a girl clawing at the ceiling of her own grave could be the worst thing FBI forensic psychologist Zoe Bentley has ever seen. Perhaps even more disturbing is the implication of the video’s title: I've always loved books on serial killers and this series feeds my fantasy like no other! I was mesmerized by A Killer's Mind - the first book in the Zoe Bentley series and compelled me into reading In the Darkness. I found this book to be highly thrilling, dark and an addictive read. An online video of a girl clawing at the ceiling of her own grave could be the worst thing FBI forensic psychologist Zoe Bentley has ever seen. Perhaps even more disturbing is the implication of the video’s title: “Experiment Number One.” Zoe and her partner, Special Agent Tatum Gray, work as fast as they can to find the monster behind the shocking video, but soon another one shows up online, and another girl turns up dead. Meanwhile, a different murderer is on Zoe’s mind. Rod Glover has been tormenting her since childhood, and his latest attack is a threatening photo of himself with Zoe’s sister. As Glover’s threats creep toward action, Zoe’s torn between family and duty. Zoe must think fast to prevent another murder. With her own family’s safety on the line, Zoe feels she’s never been in more danger. And while she’s always known her job could send her to an early grave, she always assumed she’d be dead first. The characters in the book were really good and the plot was simply the best! With so many twists and turns, I could never foresee what was coming - this was a roller-coaster whodunnit that I simply couldn't put down! Zoe, no doubt is a hardworking and intelligent professional who does her best with every case she's handed. However, I felt that putting her in harm's way in this book too was unnecessary. I get it that she's the protagonist, but putting her in danger twice in a row now, just sounded too forced to me - Lightening never strikes the same place twice and all. I would definitely like to see more characters added to her team, their interactions and what makes each of them tick. All dialogues between Tatum and Marvin are excellent and always leave me laughing despite the menacing and somber tone of the book. I also love the exchanges and interactions between Zoe and her sister Andrea. I would really love to see their mother added to this mix and see where that takes them - a base that's already set in this book. In all, I would recommend this series to anyone fascinated by criminal/forensic psychology and delving into minds of fictional serial killers. I'm no expert, so I do not know how accurate this book is and do justice to the work of real forensic psychologists out there, but I did find this to be an entertaining and compelling read. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for the next book in this series. Thank you, NetGalley, Thomas & Mercer & Mike Omer for an arc!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Janet Newport

    Thank you NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for this arc. A Killer's Mind -- the first Zoe Bentley story-- is somewhere in my kindle library, unread. So I read this second story anyways. It starts off predictably with a serial killer (to be) killing his 1st displayed victim in graphic detail. Then the story switches over to Zoe's POV. It continues this flip/flop throughout the book. But each chapter is titled with date and location so it's easy to follow along. The pacing is fairly steady, but interru Thank you NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for this arc. A Killer's Mind -- the first Zoe Bentley story-- is somewhere in my kindle library, unread. So I read this second story anyways. It starts off predictably with a serial killer (to be) killing his 1st displayed victim in graphic detail. Then the story switches over to Zoe's POV. It continues this flip/flop throughout the book. But each chapter is titled with date and location so it's easy to follow along. The pacing is fairly steady, but interrupted by a secondary story line concerning Zoe's sister and references back to Zoe's past. So I had several "Huh? What??" moments during this read. I liked Marvin, Freckle and the fish. The rest of the characters? Not so much. I thought both protagonists, Zoe and Tatum's adolescent attitudes out of place given their positions. I thought Zoe's undisguised superiority with everyone, that is was unbelievable she was still walking around whole and unharmed. Her infantizing of her sister really floored me... I have 2 younger sisters who would GLADLY take turns tearing me apart if I even attempted to call them baby names. While many others have enjoyed these stories, they just aren't for me.

  16. 4 out of 5

    McKenzie/literarydragon

    Published June 25th 2019 I received this book in exchange for an honest review. When I read the blurb on NetGalley for this book I completely missed that it’s a second in a series. I’m so glad I wasn’t paying attention to that because if I had I might have skipped over this book. Zoe Bentley is such a great character with her love for her sister, her misunderstandings of basic behavior even though she specializes in it, and her apparently beakish nose. I’m definitely interested in reading the fir Published June 25th 2019 I received this book in exchange for an honest review. When I read the blurb on NetGalley for this book I completely missed that it’s a second in a series. I’m so glad I wasn’t paying attention to that because if I had I might have skipped over this book. Zoe Bentley is such a great character with her love for her sister, her misunderstandings of basic behavior even though she specializes in it, and her apparently beakish nose. I’m definitely interested in reading the first book as the series is called Zoe Bentley Mystery. Tatum was sometimes really annoying. But when I look at his behavior after I’ve finished the book I can understand completely why he was so ticked off. However, I’m still in favor with his grandpa’s opinion: you’re acting like a child. I mainly feel this way because he held a grudge against Zoe for something she said and apologized for. I dislike grudges generally. Yet like I said he improves when you think about exactly what is was she technically accused him of. Tatum’s grandfather is an important character for comedic relief and moving along the emotional storyline. His antics and voice are entertaining and kept me interested in the world back “home.” I loved the feud between the cat and the fish. With Zoe’s sister I was glad that she came across as cautious, but not overly fearful. Zoe is just about a basket case when it comes to her sister. Can’t say I blame her, but I also can’t blame her sister for ... for the full review please visit https://www.literarydragonreviews.web...

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dee Arr

    Mike Omer’s second book contains a great plot, one that will cause you to turn pages until you are finished. It also includes a few items that, at times, threatened to bring that page-turning to a screeching halt. Forensic psychologist Zoe Bentley returns as she and her FBI partner Tatum Gray head for San Angelo, Texas to investigate a case involving a potential serial killer. The author immediately immerses us into the story with gruesome details of how the killer works, while at the same time c Mike Omer’s second book contains a great plot, one that will cause you to turn pages until you are finished. It also includes a few items that, at times, threatened to bring that page-turning to a screeching halt. Forensic psychologist Zoe Bentley returns as she and her FBI partner Tatum Gray head for San Angelo, Texas to investigate a case involving a potential serial killer. The author immediately immerses us into the story with gruesome details of how the killer works, while at the same time complicating matters with a secondary story regarding a previous case. Mr. Omer deftly handles both, continuing to drive toward a breakneck finish. The author’s details about the killer and his methods are realistic, and I found myself guessing right along with Zoe as we both deciphered clues in our attempt to solve the case by revealing the identity of the suspect. I thought the plot and the details about the murder suspect were five-star elements of this book. I am not sure if the author meant to be funny, but there were passages that simply did not work for me. For instance, when a hiccupping potential witness was interviewed or a scene where Bentley and Gray were eating pizza. Useless details are okay if gently inserted. In these instances, the author insisted on beating us over the head with them, as if to ensure we got the jokes. Characterizations were mixed, although most improved as the book moved on. Early interplay between Bentley and Gray seemed improvised and forced, as well as the early relationship between the FBI officers and the police detectives. The character of Lt. Peter Jensen was over the top and unbelievable. It seems inconceivable that a city would allow a person that incompetent to reach an important rank in the police hierarchy. Even with the above bumps, this is a better than average book containing a definite thriller aspect. At times, it is downright scary. Even with references to book one, “In the Darkness” can be read as a standalone. For those seeking a captivating book that will begin quickly and never slow down, you won’t be disappointed with the plot of this book. Three-and-a-half stars, rounded to four.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

    I thought book 1 was good and it was, but book 2? OMG! This book was SO good! I love a good murder mystery with a lot of suspense! This time Zoe is hunting TWO serial killers! She's still on the lookout for Rod Glover, whom she fears will get to her little sister back home. Her current hunt has taken her to a different place to live for the duration of the hunt so keeping up with two killers is almost overwhelming. Zoe is able to think like a killer, or somehow climb inside their mind. This time I thought book 1 was good and it was, but book 2? OMG! This book was SO good! I love a good murder mystery with a lot of suspense! This time Zoe is hunting TWO serial killers! She's still on the lookout for Rod Glover, whom she fears will get to her little sister back home. Her current hunt has taken her to a different place to live for the duration of the hunt so keeping up with two killers is almost overwhelming. Zoe is able to think like a killer, or somehow climb inside their mind. This time she's given a video to look at and it is of a girl who's been buried alive, but they don't know if she's dead or alive because they don't see her die. But the images of the girl in the "box" are disturbing, which is an understatement. This new killer is looking for fame. He continues to kidnap and bury girls and make videos of them in their buried state. I must say that I didn't even come close to guessing who the killer that buried the girls was. And when I read it, I was taken by surprise! This book is brilliantly written and gives you a lot of suspense and unknowns. I definitely recommend it to anyone who likes a really good, unpredictable murder mystery!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    This is the second in the Zoe Bentley Mystery Series and packs quite a few twists in this brand new thriller. Mike Omer does a fine job in placing the details to make this quite dark, disturbing, and creepy as Zoe our FBI forensic psychologist has to solve the most disturbing murder that began with a young girl being essentially buried alive, fighting for her life, while having it all captured on home video known as "Experiment Number One." If that doesn't tickle the spooks out of 'ya we then have This is the second in the Zoe Bentley Mystery Series and packs quite a few twists in this brand new thriller. Mike Omer does a fine job in placing the details to make this quite dark, disturbing, and creepy as Zoe our FBI forensic psychologist has to solve the most disturbing murder that began with a young girl being essentially buried alive, fighting for her life, while having it all captured on home video known as "Experiment Number One." If that doesn't tickle the spooks out of 'ya we then have another issue in which another creep turns up online and this time the clock begins to tick as danger becomes closer than ever before. Will Zoe find this nut job before he/she murders again? What if she herself is sent to her death? Perhaps this case is so unique that the ending will also surprise you as it did me because not everything is at it appears nor is it all black and white. Those gray areas are meant for a reason ... Enjoy!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    The follow-up in Mike Omer's new Zoe Bently Mysteries does NOT disappoint! Is it even possible to think that this is better than the first? This is a scary, high-adrenaline, claustrophobic read. Even though this is only my second book I have read by Omer, I can see him quickly becoming one of my new favorite authors. PLEASE come out with the next one quickly!!! Thank you Netgalley for furnishing my copy of this book in return for my voluntary review. The follow-up in Mike Omer's new Zoe Bently Mysteries does NOT disappoint! Is it even possible to think that this is better than the first? This is a scary, high-adrenaline, claustrophobic read. Even though this is only my second book I have read by Omer, I can see him quickly becoming one of my new favorite authors. PLEASE come out with the next one quickly!!! Thank you Netgalley for furnishing my copy of this book in return for my voluntary review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    A great sequel to this series! It was on the edge of my seat good from the very beginning. I have been looking forward to reading this for awhile. I can’t wait for...never mind...that’s a spoiler of what did or didn’t happen in this book. In this sequel they are looking for a serial killer along with the predator that has haunted her and her sister she they were small. Loved it! And can I just say I love the grandpa lol.

  22. 4 out of 5

    MM Suarez

    Second book in the series somewhat predictable but still entertaining .

  23. 4 out of 5

    Emmy Hermina Nathasia

    Another good read in the Zoe Bentley Mystery! Can't wait for the 3rd book (but it will only be out in 2020) Another good read in the Zoe Bentley Mystery! Can't wait for the 3rd book (but it will only be out in 2020)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Anxiously waiting for book three!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Darcia Helle

    A serial killer who buries people alive? Yup, I’m there for it, and, no, I don’t want to explore what that says about me. In the Darkness is the second Zoe Bentley novel. The main plot is unique to this book, but there’s also a carryover storyline from A Killer’s Mind, the first book, so I think it’s best to read them in order. Pacing is steady, moving us through a complex case as Zoe and Tatum race against the clock to find the killer. The content is dark, violent, and vivid. During the main inve A serial killer who buries people alive? Yup, I’m there for it, and, no, I don’t want to explore what that says about me. In the Darkness is the second Zoe Bentley novel. The main plot is unique to this book, but there’s also a carryover storyline from A Killer’s Mind, the first book, so I think it’s best to read them in order. Pacing is steady, moving us through a complex case as Zoe and Tatum race against the clock to find the killer. The content is dark, violent, and vivid. During the main investigation, we also have the reappearance of Zoe’s nemesis from the first book, which can make the story feel overly complicated at times. I’m hoping for resolution on this storyline soon. Some things happen that are a bit of a stretch, but not so much that I couldn’t see it all playing out. Overall, there’s a realistic feel that makes this book all the more uncomfortable to read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Laur (hiatus)

    Wow! Two words: PAGE TURNER. This one kept me engaged from the beginning as they seek to find a serial killer killer who buries his victims alive in wooden boxes deep underneath the ground where their screams can’t be heard. Then the killer outfits their makeshift coffins with a camera and puts it on live feed for others to witness the terror! I thought I knew who the killer was twice....nope - wrong both times. Well written mystery. No graphic sex, no graphic gore. Story stands alone and stands Wow! Two words: PAGE TURNER. This one kept me engaged from the beginning as they seek to find a serial killer killer who buries his victims alive in wooden boxes deep underneath the ground where their screams can’t be heard. Then the killer outfits their makeshift coffins with a camera and puts it on live feed for others to witness the terror! I thought I knew who the killer was twice....nope - wrong both times. Well written mystery. No graphic sex, no graphic gore. Story stands alone and stands on it’s own while moving at a good pace. Recommended for those who like mystery, police-procedural, forensics books.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Thrilling Wow! Another thrilling, edge of your seat installment in the Zoe Bentley Mysteries. Zoe and Tatum once again race to find a serial killer.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    4.5 Stars This is the second book in the Zoe Bentley mystery series. This book was pretty thrilling and exciting. The whole concept was fascinating. At first the police didn’t think the first death they discovered was the work of a serial killer but slowly Zoe made them believe and realize this truth. The kill was too advanced and organized to be his first. A girl was found dead in a box created by a monster. She had been buried alive and put on live video so the killer could get his rocks off thin 4.5 Stars This is the second book in the Zoe Bentley mystery series. This book was pretty thrilling and exciting. The whole concept was fascinating. At first the police didn’t think the first death they discovered was the work of a serial killer but slowly Zoe made them believe and realize this truth. The kill was too advanced and organized to be his first. A girl was found dead in a box created by a monster. She had been buried alive and put on live video so the killer could get his rocks off thinking he was becoming famous. She had been titled Experiment Number One but she wasn’t his first. As they discover more women disappearing and found in boxes buried alive, the closer they get to the killer but the madman seems to always know what they are thinking when they search. He evades them. There is a pretty significant twist at the end of this that I don’t think anyone will see coming. Quite a roller-coaster ride. Excellent story. I highly recommend it. This is one of those books you just don’t want to put down. You will rush to the end with your own theories. My ideas kept changing from chapter to chapter. And I had no clue whodunit. You probably won’t either. The author really had me snowed. Great flow, pacing and suspense off the charts. I am surprised I had not heard of Omer before. I will be definitely be checking out other books by him in the future. I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    This story was creepy & great. Love all the characters, especially Marvin. He rocks!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review. What I Liked I’m not sure what it says about me as a person, but I love a good serial killer novel and Mike Omer definitely delivered. In the Darkness is an entertaining mystery that managed to surprise me. The story is told through multiple POVs. We get chapters from both Zoe and Tatum, as well as the serial killer and several other supporting characters. I often times prefer a story to be told through first person POV, b I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review. What I Liked I’m not sure what it says about me as a person, but I love a good serial killer novel and Mike Omer definitely delivered. In the Darkness is an entertaining mystery that managed to surprise me. The story is told through multiple POVs. We get chapters from both Zoe and Tatum, as well as the serial killer and several other supporting characters. I often times prefer a story to be told through first person POV, but the third person really worked for this story. I really enjoy Zoe’s partner, Tatum. He pretty much makes this series for me. He’s smart, protective, and often times brings the comic relief. I also like his relationship with his crazy grandfather, Marvin. What Didn’t Work for Me I have a hard time connecting with Zoe. I feel like there’s been a fair amount of character development done with her throughout the series so far, but for some reason she still feels a bit one-note and cliched. Her reactions to things are often inconsistent as she swings between almost total lack of empathy and major emotional melt downs. While I found the story pretty entertaining, I felt like the writing could have used just a bit more editing. The dialogue sometimes felt a little off. It also felt a little longer than it needed to be. Overall Overall, I enjoyed In the Darkness. Though I thought the writing could use just a bit more editing at times, the mystery was well done and I was a little surprised with who the serial killer turned out to be. I like the partnership between Tatum and Zoe and look forward to seeing how it evolves as the series continues. Overall Rating (out of 5): 4 Stars

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