Series: Kate Burkholder #4
Narrator: Kathleen McInerney
Published by Macmillan Audio on June 19, 2012
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
Length: 10 hours, 9 minutes
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Rumspringa is the time when Amish teens are allowed to experience life without the rules. It's an exciting time of personal discovery and growth before committing to the church. But when a young teen disappears without a trace, the carefree fun comes to an abrupt and sinister end, and fear spreads through the community like a contagion.
A missing child is a nightmare to all parents, and never more so than in the Amish community, where family ties run deep. When the search for the presumed runaway turns up a dead body, the case quickly becomes a murder investigation. And chief of Police Kate Burkholder knows that in order to solve this case she will have to call upon everything she has to give not only as a cop, but as a woman whose own Amish roots run deep.
Kate and state agent, John Tomasetti, delve into the lives of the missing teen and discover links to cold cases that may go back years. But will Kate piece together all the parts of this sinister puzzle in time to save the missing teen and the Amish community from a devastating fate? Or will she find herself locked in a fight to the death with a merciless killer?
Kate Burkholder is called in as a consultant with John Tomasetti when several Amish girls have gone missing. What follows is an unsettling dive into the girls’ activities prior to their disappearance and the troubling relationships they’d formed.
The prologue sets the tone for this disturbing story and was always in the background as the investigation proceeded. There are plenty of red herrings but the clues helped eliminate suspects and focus on the remaining. However, I was still surprised at the resolution.
While I really liked this story, I wasn’t thrilled with the number of issues left unresolved. I’m hoping some of these are addressed in future stories. Kate and Tomasetti’s relationship, however, was a real positive. It’s moving slowly and consistent with the personalities of the characters. This remains one of my favorite series and I’m anxious to continue. Kathleen McInerney’s narration is another highlight, making each of the characters more vivid with her performance.