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The Mind of a Murderer (Dr Olivia Winter #1) by Michael Wood

I can't believe I haven't read anything by Michael Wood until now. I can't believe I didn't read this author's books before - this is one of the best books I've come across in 2024. I’m on a mission to find out more about the author.

“The Mind of a Murderer” was my kind of book. London is where Dr Olivia Winter practices as a forensic psychologist. She investigates the minds of serial killers to unravel their motivations. She is a survivor. When she was only nine, her mother and sister were killed by her own father, but she managed to get away. It's important for her to find out why he would behave in such a way.

London has a new serial killer on the loose. Dr. Olivia Winter is being called upon by the police for help in catching him. Despite her hesitation, she agrees to cooperate closely with DI Foley in order to apprehend the ruthless murderer. As Olivia tries to identify the killer, she will face the past that have haunted her for years.

This book was so good. Michael quickly grabbed readers' attention with this gripping and shocking book. I really enjoyed the constant activity. The pacing was spot on. Having family from the UK over for a few days was a bit of a nuisance I was so engrossed in this incredible book and couldn't find time to read (I hope they don’t read this review lol). I was completely engaged in the storyline. This book captivated me from the very beginning of its fast-paced plot. The action starts in the very first chapter! I enjoyed the characters. Olivia's father was devious, shrewd, and intelligent. He was a character that readers will love to hate and believe me I haven’t hated a character as much as him!

While I wait for the return of Olivia (coming 2025), I'll check out DCI Matilda Darke series.

My thanks to Harper Collins UK, One More Chapter and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.


About the Author

Michael Wood is a crime writer based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, which is the setting for his thriller series featuring DCI Matilda Darke. He spends his days writing and researching new and inventive ways of killing people off for future DCI Darke novels as well as other projects he has up his sleeve.

When he’s not writing, Michael is usually moaning about having little sleep and talking about his favourite biscuit on social media. He’s a massive fan of reading crime fiction as he likes to keep an eye on the competition and wondering if he can steal any of their ideas, give the characters a Sheffield accent, and pass them off as his own original creation.

You can find Michael on Facebook and Twitter should you wish to follow his ramblings.

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