In the Darkness

In the Darkness

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...

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In the Darkness Reviews

  • Phoebe Jeziel

    I 👏🏽 NEED 👏🏽 THIS 👏🏽 BOOK 👏🏽 YESTERDAY 👏🏽

    🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

    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. ❤❤

    I 👏🏽 NEED 👏🏽 THIS 👏🏽 BOOK 👏🏽 YESTERDAY 👏🏽

    🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

    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. ❤️❤️

  • Luvtoread

    Sometimes 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 Spec

    Sometimes 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!

  • Adah Udechukwu

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • Samantha Gonsalves

    I've always loved books on serial killers and this series feeds my fantasy like no other! I was mesmerized by

    - the first book in the Zoe Bentley series and compelled me into reading

    . 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

    - the first book in the Zoe Bentley series and compelled me into reading

    . 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 &

    for an arc!

  • 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 📖

  • 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.

  • 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 int

    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.

  • 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.

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