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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for Thicker than Blood

  1. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    Ugh. The premise of a killer that drinks his victim’s blood is stomach turning unpleasant. Zoe and Tatum are back in Chicago, still trying to track down Rod Glover. They arrive at a crime scene to determine if it was one of his, but it doesn’t appear to be. But they still get involved with the case. Zoe is an interesting character. I seem to spend a lot of time trying to figure her out. Is she somewhere on the asperger’s spectrum? She’s certainly tactless. And fixated to the point of wrecking he Ugh. The premise of a killer that drinks his victim’s blood is stomach turning unpleasant. Zoe and Tatum are back in Chicago, still trying to track down Rod Glover. They arrive at a crime scene to determine if it was one of his, but it doesn’t appear to be. But they still get involved with the case. Zoe is an interesting character. I seem to spend a lot of time trying to figure her out. Is she somewhere on the asperger’s spectrum? She’s certainly tactless. And fixated to the point of wrecking her health. Tatum is much easier to suss out - he’s smart, good looking and social. And O’Donnell was a great addition to the cast of characters. But my favorite character of this series is Marvin, Tatum’s grandfather. Let’s face it, with this kind of storyline, you need a little comic relief thrown in. The story moves at a strong pace, keeping my interest throughout. The police investigations struck me as very realistic. The ending was great. I didn’t have a clue how it would play out and there were several twists I didn’t see coming. My thanks to netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for an advance copy of this book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    I’ll give it 3.75 stars! First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Mike Omer, and Thomas & Mercer for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review. Returning for the third in the Zoe Bentley series, the reader is able to get a real grasp for how Mike Omer seeks to shape the book and his protagonist. While still in Chicago, FBI forensic psychologist Zoe Bentley and Special Agent Tatum Gray are hot on the heels of Rod Glover, a serial I’ll give it 3.75 stars! First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Mike Omer, and Thomas & Mercer for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review. Returning for the third in the Zoe Bentley series, the reader is able to get a real grasp for how Mike Omer seeks to shape the book and his protagonist. While still in Chicago, FBI forensic psychologist Zoe Bentley and Special Agent Tatum Gray are hot on the heels of Rod Glover, a serial killer who has been terrorising people across America. When Bentley learns of the murder of a young woman, she noses her way into the crime scene, thinking that it might be Glover’s work. CPD officials are less than happy to have her poking around, but Bentley and Gray refuse to back down. It soon becomes apparent that the case is not Glover’s work, as there is an odd angle, where the killer appears to have a form of vampirism. The woman who was slain is the daughter of a pastor, giving Bentley and Gray a lead to follow. No one has seen or heard of Glover, but the loose description sounds a little like Daniel Moore, a congregant who has admitted to having issues in his past. While Bentley and Gray try to track down the killer, they begin to wonder if this is a partnered job, with Glover as the alpha male, but the unsub (unknown subject) as the one choosing the victims. While learning a little more about the Chicago vampire community, Bentley and Gray must also keep their eyes open for more crimes. Another woman is found dead, her body with telltale marks of a blood letting, which only increases the pressure. Working all the angles, Bentley and Gray must find the killer, as well as their specific prize in Rod Glover, before more women lose their lives. An interesting addition to the series, though Omer’s chill and sharpness seem to have been muted somewhat in this piece. Recommended to those who enjoy the series, as well as the reader who wants something a little unique in the killer on the loose. If memory serves, I picked up the first book in this collection on the recommendation of a friend. I could not get enough and loved how the story moved well, showing the progress Zoe Bentley could make in her search for a killer. By this, the third book, I had high hopes for Omer to keep things moving, but they got a little clunky. More on that in a moment. Zoe Bentley remains the star of the book, though she is not as pristine and on point as I would have liked. She remains focussed on finding the man she once called her neighbour and friend as a child, knowing his days are numbered. While Rod Glover may have brain cancer, Zoe is sure not to let up on her hunt. That said, she seems to have a harder time using that psychology degree that got her the prime position in the FBI. Other characters help to advance the story well, but many did not shine as I would have liked. The story’s premise was strong and well worth my time, but I felt things either did not move with the rapidity that I would have expected, or the interactions were less sharp and spine-tingling, which is something that Omer has done so well in the past. The hunt for the killers was constant, but it appeared as though Bentley and Gray were spinning their wheels. Even the aspects with the killer in the narrative driver’s seat were sometimes lacking the flair they needed to push things forward. With Omer using the short chapter technique to keep the reader hooked, there were moments when the narrative and excitement dwindled, leaving the reader to continue in hopes of finding the spark. While I did not dislike the book, this was surely my least favourite of the collection to date. Kudos, Mr. Omer, for more Zoe Bentley reading. I suppose this might have been an aberration in your usually stellar style, at least in my eyes. 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/...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Luvtoread

    IMike Omer Has Done It Again! Dr. Zoe Bentley and Agent Tatum from the FBI BAU (Behavior Assessment Unit) are back again. This time they are on the trail of a serial killer who had abducted Zoe and her sister several months previously. They hear there is a new case where a woman has been murdered with some similarities to their case so they need to investigate the crime with hope they can track their killer. Unfortunately when they arrive on the horrific scene they find some similar wound signs t IMike Omer Has Done It Again! Dr. Zoe Bentley and Agent Tatum from the FBI BAU (Behavior Assessment Unit) are back again. This time they are on the trail of a serial killer who had abducted Zoe and her sister several months previously. They hear there is a new case where a woman has been murdered with some similarities to their case so they need to investigate the crime with hope they can track their killer. Unfortunately when they arrive on the horrific scene they find some similar wound signs that they are looking for but there are also wounds that suggest this killer is draining the victim's blood. These wounds are completely unrelated to their killer but curiously there are also discrepancies that also point to their suspect. But, why would their suspect change his method of killing now? Could this be a different killer but also using a copycat technique intertwined with his own style of murdering female victims or is Zoe off her game with her profile and must start all over in developing a new profile for this murder and reevaluating their own case of the monster that Zoe has been tracking for years. The police department is not happy about the FBI Inserting themselves into their case right now, but before long they will welcome their help when another woman is abducted and they have no idea of who or what they are looking for and they only have small amount of time to find this woman or she may meet the same fate as the first victim. I am a fan of Mike Omer and I really enjoyed this creepy, murder, thriller story. I think this author is a stellar storyteller with exceptional writing skills that leave me feeling excitement and tension while reading his books and looking forward to more of his wonderful novels. This was not a supernatural story yet, there were horror elements in this thriller that made it fun if readers enjoy very dark crime thrillers or just good old fashioned horror stories. This is truly a novel where nightmares are made and sometimes unfortunately can come true! I want to thank the publisher "Thomas &Mercer" and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this fantastic book and any thoughts and opinions expressed are unbiased and mine alone! I have given this book a rating of 5 Nightmarish 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Stars!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Luvtoread

    Mike Omer Has Done It Again! Dr. Zoe Bentley and Agent Tatum from the FBI BAU (Behavior Assessment Unit) are back again. This time they are on the trail of a serial killer who had abducted Zoe and her sister several months previously. They hear there is a new case where a woman has been murdered with some similarities to their case so they need to investigate the crime with hope they can track their killer. Unfortunately when they arrive on the horrific scene they find some similar wound signs t Mike Omer Has Done It Again! Dr. Zoe Bentley and Agent Tatum from the FBI BAU (Behavior Assessment Unit) are back again. This time they are on the trail of a serial killer who had abducted Zoe and her sister several months previously. They hear there is a new case where a woman has been murdered with some similarities to their case so they need to investigate the crime with hope they can track their killer. Unfortunately when they arrive on the horrific scene they find some similar wound signs that they are looking for but there are also wounds that suggest this killer is draining the victim's blood. These wounds are completely unrelated to their killer but curiously there are also discrepancies that also point to their suspect. But, why would their suspect change his method of killing now? Could this be a different killer but also using a copycat technique intertwined with his own style of murdering female victims or is Zoe off her game with her profile and must start all over in developing a new profile for this murder and reevaluating their own case of the monster that Zoe has been tracking for years. The police department is not happy about the FBI Inserting themselves into their case right now, but before long they will welcome their help when another woman is abducted and they will have no idea of who or what they are looking for and they only have small amount of a timeframe to find this woman or she may be meeting the same fate as the first victim. I am a fan of Mike Omer and I really enjoyed this creepy, murder, thriller story. I think this author is a stellar storyteller with exceptional writing skills that leave me feeling excitement and tension while reading his books and looking forward to more of his wonderful novels. This was not a supernatural story yet, there were horror elements in this thriller that made it fun if readers enjoy very dark crime thrillers or just good old fashioned horror stories. This is truly a novel where nightmares are made and sometimes unfortunately can come true! I want to thank the publisher "Thomas & Mercer" and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this fantastic book and any thoughts and opinions expressed are unbiased and mine alone! I highly recommend this terrific novel and have given this book a rating of 5 Nightmarish 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Stars!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Fiona

    I struggle rating these books, because I have a couple of issues with them, but I also keep coming back! Zoe Bentley and Tatum are back, investigating a murder that seems to connect to Rod Glover, Zoe's nemesis since book one. Only, there's some details that just don't seem to fit - including the fact that someone's been drinking blood. As usual with this series there's good points and bad - the characters are very well drawn, they're all individuals with quirks that set them apart, but they still I struggle rating these books, because I have a couple of issues with them, but I also keep coming back! Zoe Bentley and Tatum are back, investigating a murder that seems to connect to Rod Glover, Zoe's nemesis since book one. Only, there's some details that just don't seem to fit - including the fact that someone's been drinking blood. As usual with this series there's good points and bad - the characters are very well drawn, they're all individuals with quirks that set them apart, but they still read as very real. The psychological aspects of the book are pinpoint accurate, and the operating methods of law enforcement similarly well-researched and portrayed. But the dialogue still clunks here and there, and the plot itself seemed off this time around; there's more plates spinning than usual, and here and there it seemed like they might just drop. But despite my objections, here we are at book 3, and I'm still coming back to read the series. If you're looking for an entertaining read, with realistic and well thought out psychology and methods, you could do a lot worse.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Pat

    This, the third Zoe Bentley mystery, is another excellent entry in the series. Zoe Bentley, forensic psychologist consulting with the FBI, and Tatum Gray, her FBI partner are in Chicago. They are on the trail of Rod Glover, a serial killer who featured in the previous book. He is still at large and they suspect he has come to Chicago. There has been a murder bearing most of the hallmarks of a Glover Killing with a few extra embellishments. It seems someone drank some of the victim’s blood (yuck) This, the third Zoe Bentley mystery, is another excellent entry in the series. Zoe Bentley, forensic psychologist consulting with the FBI, and Tatum Gray, her FBI partner are in Chicago. They are on the trail of Rod Glover, a serial killer who featured in the previous book. He is still at large and they suspect he has come to Chicago. There has been a murder bearing most of the hallmarks of a Glover Killing with a few extra embellishments. It seems someone drank some of the victim’s blood (yuck) not a Glover trait. DNA analysis shows someone else was present. Does Glover have a partner? After the murder of another young woman Zoe and Tatum decide to stay on in Chicago. Something very strange is going on. This second murder was different in many respects but still screams Glover. But there is someone else out there who seems with obsessed with blood. Zoe and Tatum are working closely with Chicago PD Detective O’Donnell. They are investigating links between the murders and a local church. Then another woman goes missing. The chase is on but time is running out for this third victim. With no body found the woman may still be alive - but for how much longer? As the net closes around the killers they make desperate moves and Zoe and Tatum must face danger head on to avoid more killings. This was a fast paced story that ticked all the boxes. It was enjoyable and entertaining. Thanks to Netgalley, Thomas & Mercer and Mike Omer for my review copy.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Gonsalves

    If you've read any of Mike Omer's previous books in the series, then you'll know that the killers in his books are absolutely depraved, devious individuals. But this one takes the cake! Thicker than Blood is an unsettling, dark and twisted read about a killer with a taste for blood! Unputdownable, this book may just leave you with a serious case of I-cant-sleep-without-the-lights-on. When the body of the local Pastor's daughter is discovered, savagely murdered, the police are clueless about who t If you've read any of Mike Omer's previous books in the series, then you'll know that the killers in his books are absolutely depraved, devious individuals. But this one takes the cake! Thicker than Blood is an unsettling, dark and twisted read about a killer with a taste for blood! Unputdownable, this book may just leave you with a serious case of I-cant-sleep-without-the-lights-on. When the body of the local Pastor's daughter is discovered, savagely murdered, the police are clueless about who the killer might be. Soon joining them on the scene are Zoe Bentley & her partner, Tatum. Arriving uninvited, the FBI agents are not made to feel welcome by Det. O'Donnell who is charged with leading the investigation. But Zoe has a lead & a possible suspect already in mind. The murderer’s MO is identical to that of Rod Glover—Zoe's nemesis & 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. Although difficult to love, I find myself drawn to Zoe. While I find her rough-at-the-edges personality a bit endearing I find it difficult to be convinced about her thought process & ultimately the guesses she makes to zero in on the killer. Zoe takes pride in her job as a forensic profiler and thinking like a killer part is very fascinating to me. I like it when so many possibilities are thrown at her and how she makes the educated (or lucky) guess of who the killer could be. I also liked this book because it finally brings her face-to-face with Glover. This book had many twists I never saw coming, yet I also had quite a few things figured out before they were verified in the book. I am not thoroughly convinced of Zoe's ability to profile yet, but in all, this was a very enjoyable read I recommend!! I look forward to reading the next in this exciting series which will undoubtedly be amazing! Thank You, NetGalley, Thomas & Mercer & Mike Omer for an arc!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kirsty Noah-whitlock

    Review for 'Thicker than blood ' by Mike Omer Read and reviewed via NetGalley for Thomas & Mercer publishing . Available to preorder for release on 23rd June. This is the first book that I have read by this author. It is the third book in the 'Zoe Bentley Mystery' series . It mentions previous cases but gives any background needed to go with it. I will definitely be happy to read more of his books. This can be read as a standalone and reading it made me want to read the previous books in the serie Review for 'Thicker than blood ' by Mike Omer Read and reviewed via NetGalley for Thomas & Mercer publishing . Available to preorder for release on 23rd June. This is the first book that I have read by this author. It is the third book in the 'Zoe Bentley Mystery' series . It mentions previous cases but gives any background needed to go with it. I will definitely be happy to read more of his books. This can be read as a standalone and reading it made me want to read the previous books in the series as well as more to come. Written from the perspectives of several people including the FBI, detective, reporter, the victims and a killer. Loved Tatum's personality , he made me laugh several times. I hope that he will be in the other books in this series as he has such a big personality. The rest of the characters were also very strong and realistic but it was definitely Tatum that stood out for me. The storyline was unique and I don't think the blurb did it justice. It was a true page turner filled with mystery, lies, gore, crime, horror, suspense and some humour. An excellent psychological thriller. I don't think that the cover gives the book much justice either and it probably wouldn't be something I would have picked up in the shop between that and the blurb. THE writing was excellent throughout the book, along with the descriptions which dragged me straight into the plot. I never did guess who the perp was which is a big bonus as there's nothing worse than guessing who did it within the first few pages. This book contains plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing. I would highly recommend this book to fans of psychological thrillers, horror, suspense, young adults (13 plus), crime, mystery... I can go on so basically if your looking for a good book preorder this. Rated 5/5 (I loved it ) on Goodreads and Amazon (UK and. Com) and over 30 Facebook pages £3.98 to purchase on kindle. I think this is a very good price for this book. 427 pages Feel free to add me on Goodreads for more reviews #ThickerThanBlood #NetGalley #MikeOmer #BookReview #Thomas&Mercer

  9. 5 out of 5

    Minx

    Thicker Than Blood was another great story in the Zoe Bentley series but I missed the burgeoning camaraderie between Zoe and Tatum. Zoe’s obsession with catching serial killer Rod Glover was the true driver of this story and she definitely started to show signs that she was unraveling. For the most part Zoe and Tatum worked together but she spent much of that time in her own head with Tatum playing a supportive role. Everything taking place was personal to Zoe and there was much riding on the su Thicker Than Blood was another great story in the Zoe Bentley series but I missed the burgeoning camaraderie between Zoe and Tatum. Zoe’s obsession with catching serial killer Rod Glover was the true driver of this story and she definitely started to show signs that she was unraveling. For the most part Zoe and Tatum worked together but she spent much of that time in her own head with Tatum playing a supportive role. Everything taking place was personal to Zoe and there was much riding on the successful capture of her arch nemesis. To me, it just felt as if the spark was missing between these characters. The mystery in Thicker Than Blood was downright thrilling as well as disgusting and despicable. I was intrigued from the start and I loved having the viewpoint of the antagonist. There was much tension in this story as the death counts continued to pile up and Zoe became even more frustrated with how close and yet how far she was from bringing Rod and his unknown accomplice down. The pacing was fast and setting this book down was truly not an option for me. I loved that the twists in this story were surprising, intriguing, and fueled my desire for justice. Overall, Thicker Than Blood was a complex mystery that chilled me to the bone as well as captivated my interest from start to finish! This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    Thicker Than Blood has arrived with Mike Omer showcasing his talent like never before! Mental illness and schizophrenia is at the heart of it all in this delicious new thriller of darkness. Imagine this sicko scenario in which a serial killer drinks the blood of his own victims. However, this crime scene comes with a twisty new plot that has a similar modus operandi being performed. I suppose the insanity defense may get you off but it won't hide the truth. This was full blown excitement from the sta Thicker Than Blood has arrived with Mike Omer showcasing his talent like never before! Mental illness and schizophrenia is at the heart of it all in this delicious new thriller of darkness. Imagine this sicko scenario in which a serial killer drinks the blood of his own victims. However, this crime scene comes with a twisty new plot that has a similar modus operandi being performed. I suppose the insanity defense may get you off but it won't hide the truth. This was full blown excitement from the start that never let up. Be prepared to have one hell of a reading journey with this wild and wicked new read. Thank you to Mike Omer, the pub, NetGalley, and Amazon Kindle for this ARC in exchange for this honest review. A must read for 2020 is upon us all!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Darcia Helle

    A delusional killer who likes—or needs—to drink blood, along with the return of Zoe’s sadistic nemesis from the first two books in this series, make for a dark and twisted read. 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, A delusional killer who likes—or needs—to drink blood, along with the return of Zoe’s sadistic nemesis from the first two books in this series, make for a dark and twisted read. 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.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Christine Aeschbacher

    This series is so compelling! I love Zoe and Tatum. They have helped each other grow as people and as profilers. At this point they have an easy shorthand that comes from getting used to each other as partners. This story was particularly gross...but I found it to be very interesting as well. So many unique paths to journey down. I definitely recommend this series! It’s free on KU and has a companion audiobook. The narrator is fantastic.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    It took me a little while to get into this, but eventually it hooked me. The mystery was interesting and it definitely took some turns I hadn't expected, which I enjoyed. While the mystery was good, I could've used a little more character development with Zoe and Tatum. And there wasn't enough Marvin. However, it broke me out of my book slump and I'll look forward to the next book in this series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Wood

    FBI profiler Zoe Bentley has been searching for serial killer Rod Glover since she was a teenager, Agent Tatum Gray has only been working in the BAU for six months but is as focused as his partner on finding those responsible for the horrendous crimes which cross his desk. Working in Chicago after Glover was reported to be in the city they are called in when the murder of a preacher's daughter has chilling undertones which Zoe recognises as the handiwork of her nemesis. This is the third book in FBI profiler Zoe Bentley has been searching for serial killer Rod Glover since she was a teenager, Agent Tatum Gray has only been working in the BAU for six months but is as focused as his partner on finding those responsible for the horrendous crimes which cross his desk. Working in Chicago after Glover was reported to be in the city they are called in when the murder of a preacher's daughter has chilling undertones which Zoe recognises as the handiwork of her nemesis. 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.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Petra

    3.5 stars, not as good as the first two.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mick Dubois

    When growing up, Glover was Zoe’s neighbour and she figured out that he was the Maynard killer but when she told her parents and the police no one believed her not even when he came for her and got spooked by all the noise. Now she’s a profiler for the FBI and on the hunt for the serial killer in Chicago with her partner agent Tatum Gray. Her preoccupation with the Red Glover is bordering an obsession, analysing his past behaviour and trying to anticipate his actions. As the date for their retur When growing up, Glover was Zoe’s neighbour and she figured out that he was the Maynard killer but when she told her parents and the police no one believed her not even when he came for her and got spooked by all the noise. Now she’s a profiler for the FBI and on the hunt for the serial killer in Chicago with her partner agent Tatum Gray. Her preoccupation with the Red Glover is bordering an obsession, analysing his past behaviour and trying to anticipate his actions. As the date for their return to Quantico nears, she becomes more frantic. She knows he’s here. But Rod is no longer hunting alone; he’s got an apprentice, one with an appetite for drinking blood. He calls himself, the man in control but he’s very unstable and rapidly spiralling out of control. He believes that blood of a ‘pure’ donor will cure him, and save him from taking anti-psychotics. I have a problem with rating this book. It has everything that a good book needs, a serial killer, and a dedicated profiler and FBI agent on his trail. You follow the investigation through Zoe and Tatum and other chapters are written in the pov of the crazed sidekick from the killer. I can’t find anything wrong with the story. It’s good but not great, or have I just read too many of this kind of stories lately? It might be because I didn’t read the previous books in this series where Zoe had earlier encounters with Rod Glover, but I never was completely absorbed by the story. The tension never rises to the level of more than a police procedural. Almost every hunch or idea the profiler and the police have turned out to true, it feels like an easy solution for not having secondary plotlines. There’s a mild underlying romantic/sexual tension between Zoe and Tatum that’s not recognised by either of them. Only Chicago police detective O’Donnell mentions it to her. The suspense is upped a bit when the killers don’t murder one of the victims but take her hostage as a living donor for the ‘vampire’. I won’t tell if this girl survives her ordeal or not. The eventual outcome appears to be clear but there are still some unexpected twists that even Zoe couldn’t predict. I thank Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for a copy of this book; This is my honest, unbiased review of it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mick Dubois

    When growing up, Glover was Zoe’s neighbour and she figured out that he was the Maynard killer but when she told her parents and the police no one believed her not even when he came for her and got spooked by all the noise. Now she’s a profiler for the FBI and on the hunt for the serial killer in Chicago with her partner agent Tatum Gray. Her preoccupation with the Red Glover is bordering an obsession, analysing his past behaviour and trying to anticipate his actions. As the date for their retur When growing up, Glover was Zoe’s neighbour and she figured out that he was the Maynard killer but when she told her parents and the police no one believed her not even when he came for her and got spooked by all the noise. Now she’s a profiler for the FBI and on the hunt for the serial killer in Chicago with her partner agent Tatum Gray. Her preoccupation with the Red Glover is bordering an obsession, analysing his past behaviour and trying to anticipate his actions. As the date for their return to Quantico nears, she becomes more frantic. She knows he’s here. But Rod is no longer hunting alone; he’s got an apprentice, one with an appetite for drinking blood. He calls himself, the man in control but he’s very unstable and rapidly spiralling out of control. He believes that blood of a ‘pure’ donor will cure him, and save him from taking anti-psychotics. I have a problem with rating this book. It has everything that a good book needs, a serial killer, and a dedicated profiler and FBI agent on his trail. You follow the investigation through Zoe and Tatum and other chapters are written in the pov of the crazed sidekick from the killer. I can’t find anything wrong with the story. It’s good but not great, or have I just read too many of this kind of stories lately? It might be because I didn’t read the previous books in this series where Zoe had earlier encounters with Rod Glover, but I never was completely absorbed by the story. The tension never rises to the level of more than a police procedural. Almost every hunch or idea the profiler and the police have turned out to true, it feels like an easy solution for not having secondary plotlines. There’s a mild underlying romantic/sexual tension between Zoe and Tatum that’s not recognised by either of them. Only Chicago police detective O’Donnell mentions it to her. The suspense is upped a bit when the killers don’t murder one of the victims but take her hostage as a living donor for the ‘vampire’. I won’t tell if this girl survives her ordeal or not. The eventual outcome appears to be clear but there are still some unexpected twists that even Zoe couldn’t predict. I thank Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for a copy of this book; This is my honest, unbiased review of it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    3.75 Stars This is the third book in the Zoe Bentley Mystery series by Mike Omer. I know this is supposed to be a police procedural type of book but it felt more like the main character was the villain and we watched behind the scenes as Zoe and Tatum inched up on finding him. This featured a murderer who liked blood and thought it could heal him. On some levels this was disturbing. The character base in an Omer book is always intense and interesting. I thought the whodunit/mystery was nice. And i 3.75 Stars This is the third book in the Zoe Bentley Mystery series by Mike Omer. I know this is supposed to be a police procedural type of book but it felt more like the main character was the villain and we watched behind the scenes as Zoe and Tatum inched up on finding him. This featured a murderer who liked blood and thought it could heal him. On some levels this was disturbing. The character base in an Omer book is always intense and interesting. I thought the whodunit/mystery was nice. And it was connected to previous books; so the thread of the plotline was intact from book to book. A great read but I couldn’t completely concentrate on it due to a personal tragedy in my own life. If you like this type of book and want to read a good detective mystery/police procedural, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed. 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.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Irene

    Thicker than Blood by Mike Omer. A new twist in the ongoing pursuit of serial killer, Rod Glover, vampirism. Zoe Bentley and Tatum Gray are becoming quite a good team. Introduction of new investigators and revisiting reoccurring characters was pleasant. Still believe that Martin could be a the center of an investigation in his own right. The interaction between Tatum and Martin was a welcome diversion from the intensity of the manhunt for Rod Glover and his accomplice (who turned out to be someo Thicker than Blood by Mike Omer. A new twist in the ongoing pursuit of serial killer, Rod Glover, vampirism. Zoe Bentley and Tatum Gray are becoming quite a good team. Introduction of new investigators and revisiting reoccurring characters was pleasant. Still believe that Martin could be a the center of an investigation in his own right. The interaction between Tatum and Martin was a welcome diversion from the intensity of the manhunt for Rod Glover and his accomplice (who turned out to be someone that I wasn't expecting). Fast paced and suspenseful addition to the Zoe Bentley series. Thank you to the publisher, author, and NetGalley for the opportunity to preview the book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia (Bingeing On Books)

    I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This was such a fantastic conclusion to this series! The socially awkward Zoe is back, along with her partner Tatum. I love the way they are able to work so well together that they are able to finish each other's sentences, at least where work is concerned. Zoe is still after Glover. This time, Glover has an accomplice whose primary focus is drinking human blood. Yes, that is as disturbing as it sounds, but it was also fascinati I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This was such a fantastic conclusion to this series! The socially awkward Zoe is back, along with her partner Tatum. I love the way they are able to work so well together that they are able to finish each other's sentences, at least where work is concerned. Zoe is still after Glover. This time, Glover has an accomplice whose primary focus is drinking human blood. Yes, that is as disturbing as it sounds, but it was also fascinating, especially when the author gave us glimpses into his POV. This was a fast paced and engaging read and I loved the twists and turns that led to the amazing conclusion. Wonderful read!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    This is the third in the Zoe Bentley series. I had read the prior two and would recommend reading them first for story flow. Along with her partner a new cop is brought into the story ODonnell and she is a great character. I hope she returns again. Zoe continues to struggle with her social skills. There are parts of the book that are a bit gory but overall it is a suspenseful and enjoyable book. I was given a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    This is the third in the Zoe Bentley series. I had read the prior two and would recommend reading them first for story flow. Along with her partner a new cop is brought into the story ODonnell and she is a great character. I hope she returns again. Zoe continues to struggle with her social skills. There are parts of the book that are a bit gory but overall it is a suspenseful and enjoyable book. I was given a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    chloé

    This was more of a 3.5 really. I did enjoy it a lot - especially for the first 50/60% - but it just didn’t have me quite as hooked as the first two so I feel like I can’t justify the same rating. I felt the ending really lacked something as well - both in terms of the actual final scene of the book, as well as the big climax to the crime. Overall this series has been fantastic though and i’ll certainly be picking up whatever the author does next.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Phoebe Jeziel

    2 days is still too far away!!!!! I CANNOT WAIT for this book!!!! --- Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟💫 Such a wild ride with a ton of twists and turns! The shining part of this series continues to be the characters. Zoe isn't easy to like, but easy to love I think. I really, really enjoy her character. I would rate this book 5 stars if it was just another book in the series, but I think this is the conclusion, so I'm knocking half a star because I wanted things to be more cemented for Zoe and Tatum. I am REALLY hopin 2 days is still too far away!!!!! I CANNOT WAIT for this book!!!! --- Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟💫 Such a wild ride with a ton of twists and turns! The shining part of this series continues to be the characters. Zoe isn't easy to like, but easy to love I think. I really, really enjoy her character. I would rate this book 5 stars if it was just another book in the series, but I think this is the conclusion, so I'm knocking half a star because I wanted things to be more cemented for Zoe and Tatum. I am REALLY hoping this isn't the last book in the series, but man what a ride these past few years!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Dr. Bentley and Agent Grey are back and tracking serial killer Rod Glover in Chicago. They stumble upon a gruesome murder and are asked to assist. Another page turner from start to finish. This is a must read for fans of Karin Slaughter’s Will Trent series! *ARC provided by NetGalley for an honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    Good read. Another good book in the series. Now it seems this case may be wrapped up but who knows. This author has surprised me several times. Also I do really like Zoe and Tatum together so hope that continues somehow.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Robert Pickett

    A must read series from Mike Omer. There is nothing like a good thriller and this series hasn’t disappointed me. Loved it! Hope there will be more.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    This book is the final chapter in the Zoe Bentley vs childhood enemy series. It’s a classic example of a series that was stretched from a one or two book series into a trilogy. The first book was full of energy and passion. The second less so but it still contained a good deal of tension. This, the wrap-up, lacked tension substituting instead unrealistic insanity and cruelty for action and interest. There were areas in this book that, unlike the previous two, dragged significantly. Likewise, the This book is the final chapter in the Zoe Bentley vs childhood enemy series. It’s a classic example of a series that was stretched from a one or two book series into a trilogy. The first book was full of energy and passion. The second less so but it still contained a good deal of tension. This, the wrap-up, lacked tension substituting instead unrealistic insanity and cruelty for action and interest. There were areas in this book that, unlike the previous two, dragged significantly. Likewise, the nastiness was cranked up a few notches. We’re introduced to a character who is both completely detached from reality to the point of being continually delusional but who can pass for perfectly sane to the world – something I found laughably inconsistent. Add that to this character’s utter lack of affect, bent toward brutality toward women that’s shared with the previously introduced bad guy. The result is a rather repulsive duo whose sadistic-sexual acts are given all too much screen time. Somewhat surprisingly to this reader, the author has created one of the most endearing characters this reader has ever encountered in the comic relief player named Marvin, a supporting character’s grandfather. Sadly, this player is given much less to do and say here than in the previous volume. The seeds of the next Zoe Bentley mystery-thriller are sown throughout the book and telegraphed in the wrap-up. I’m reasonably sure we’ll see another Zoe Bentley book or maybe series. I’ll likely be along for the ride but would prefer a ‘Grandfather Marvin’ series or maybe having him stepped up to be a major player within the Zoe universe. Clearly a notch or two behind the other two books in this series but still readable with a better than usual wrap up.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dom

    Absolutely perfect!! Thats all that needs to be said! Every single page every single word Absolutely perfect.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    Loved grandpa Marvin! He is hilarious!

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