Series: Kate Burkholder

Audio Review: Gone Missing by Linda Castillo

Posted September 14, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 0 Comments

Audio Review: Gone Missing by Linda CastilloGone Missing by Linda Castillo
Series: Kate Burkholder #4
Narrator: Kathleen McInerney
Published by Macmillan Audio on June 19, 2012
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
Format: Audiobook
Length: 10 hours, 9 minutes
Source: Library
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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?

 

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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.

 


 

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About Linda Castillo

Originally from Ohio where her Amish thrillers are set, Linda Castillo knew from an early age that she wanted to be a writer–and penned her first novel at the age of thirteen. She’s published thirty books for three New York publishing houses and won numerous industry awards, including a nomination by the International Thriller Writers for Best Hardcover, the Golden Heart, the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence, and a nomination for the prestigious Rita.

Her debut thriller, Sworn to Silence, garnered starred reviews from Library Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, and Booklist–and spent four weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. The following books in the series also hit the NYT and USA Today lists and became international bestsellers. Sworn to Silence was recently adapted into a two-hour original movie re-titled An Amish Murder and starring Neve Campbell as Kate Burkholder.

In her spare time, Linda enjoys trail riding, and dabbles in barrel racing. She resides in Texas with her husband, two rescued Blue Heelers, and two Appaloosa horses. She’s currently at work on her next novel, a thriller set in Amish Country and featuring Chief of Police Kate Burkholder.


Audio Review: Breaking Silence by Linda Castillo

Audio Review: Breaking Silence by Linda Castillo

Posted June 22, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

    Following a series of attacks directed at the Amish community, law enforcement concludes they are hate crimes. When the Slabaugh parents and uncle, Amish farmers, are found dead in their barn, it’s not immediately clear whether the crimes are related. One of the many issues pursued by Kate and her team is to investigate all and determine if there is a connection.   This story had so many twists and turns I almost got whiplash! Every time I thought I had things solved, another wrench would be thrown into my suppositions. As with the first two books, the crimes are gritty and require multi jurisdictional support. Connecting the clues was a wonderful challenge.   Kate and John Tomasetti make progress in their relationship […]


Audio Review: Pray for Silence by Linda Castillo

Audio Review: Pray for Silence by Linda Castillo

Posted June 10, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

    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 […]


Audio Review: Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo

Audio Review: Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo

Posted June 2, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

    Painter’s Mill, Ohio Police Chief Kate Burkholder is suddenly faced with what looks like the re-emergence of a serial killer who hadn’t struck in the last 16 years. The killer’s signature is to leave Roman numerals carved on the murdered victim. Kate’s conflicted as she’s harboring a secret that relates directly to the case. Painter’s Mill is a town where the Amish and “English” have coexisted for years. Kate straddles both cultures as she was raised Amish but left when she was a teenager.   I’ve had this book on my shelf for a long time even though it was strongly recommended by friends. Thinking it was on the cozy side of the mystery genre (not my favorite side), I backburnered it until […]