Series: Kate Burkholder #2
Narrator: Kathleen McInerney
Published by Macmillan Audio on June 22, 2010
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
Length: 11 hours, 28 minutes
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The New York Times bestselling author of Sworn to Silence delivers an electrifying thriller—Chief of Police Kate Burkholder must confront a dark evil to solve the mysterious murders of an entire Amish family
In the quiet town of Painters Mill, an Amish family of seven has been found brutally murdered on their farm. Chief of Police Kate Burkholder and her small force have few clues, no motive, and no suspect. Formerly Amish herself, Kate is no stranger to secrets, but she can’t get her mind around the senseless brutality of the crime.
State agent John Tomasseti arrives on the scene to assist. He and Kate worked together on a previous case during which they began a tentative relationship, but each is wary of commitment. The disturbing details of this case will push them to their limits and force them to face demons from their own troubled pasts.
When Kate discovers a diary, she realizes a haunting personal connection to the case. One of the teenage daughters may have been leading a lurid double life. As the case develops, Kate’s list of suspects grows. Who is the attractive stranger that stole the heart of the innocent young Amish girl? Did her estranged brother—a man with a violent past who was shunned by his family and the Amish community—come back to seek out revenge? Driven by her own scarred past, Kate swears she’ll find the killer and bring him to justice—even if it means putting herself in the line of fire.
Topping her own bestselling debut, Linda Castillo once again immerses readers in the world of the Amish with a chilling story that is both a fast-paced thriller and compelling psychological puzzle.
Kate Burkholder and her detectives are severely challenged when an entire Amish family of seven is discovered brutally murdered on their farm. One was an infant and the two daughters were horrifically assaulted. They begin the investigation to determine who would have a motive and capability of committing such a heinous act and discover one of the daughters had been living a secret life.
The crime was horrific and the details aren’t spared so be prepared. However, all that occurs in the beginning and the rest of the story focuses on solving the crime and the mystery. There are distasteful revelations, though, that are heartbreaking. John Tomasetti makes another appearance as he and Kate continue to figure out just what kind of relationship they have and he has his own set of concerns to worry about. There’s an exciting climax, though one could question Kate’s judgment to some degree.
I’m continuing to enjoy this series and its interesting cast of characters, especially Kate. The narrator again turns in a terrific performance, pacing the story perfectly, effectively adding tension and excitement and providing distinction to the character voices. For those for which narrative matters, the story is told in a combination of first person (Kate) and third person narratives (all other characters). In my opinion, it feels like the best of both worlds as you get the insights and emotions of the main character but don’t lose the perspectives from others. I’m really looking forward to the next book.
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