143314094.5 Stars:

Published June 19th 2012 by MacMillan Audio 

This was another great addition to the Kate Burkholder series. Once again I listened to the audiobook and was pleased with the narration by Kathleen McInerney, she does a great job with the tense, suspenseful moments making it feel like I am right there feeling everything Kate is feeling.

The story starts with a rather unsettling prologue in which an Amish girl – distraught about long-term sexual abuse by her brother – commits suicide by jumping into an ice fishing hole on a frozen lake. You know this is going to play an important part of the case, but how is the question. Kate is called in as a consultant to the State when several Amish girls have gone missing. She was recommended by John Tomasetti due to her history with the Amish Community. When the puzzle pieces show that all the missing girls were “bad girls” according to the Amish Ordnung, Kate and John try to find out who would have outed the girls to whoever is snatching them. When the case gets a bit too close to home, Kate makes it personal.

I love Kate Burkholder’s character. She is such a strong, intelligent protagonist, but she is also flawed. There is an undertone of angst between Kate and Tomasetti. Both have baggage and if you have not read previous books in this series, there is enough information given that you will understand. They are on the verge of taking their relationship to the next level, but there are still many things in the way. As this is not Kate’s or Painter’s Mill’s case originally, her wonderful staff do not play a huge role in this book and I did miss that. As this story went on, there are plenty of red herrings but the clues helped eliminate suspects and focus on the remaining. I thought I figured out who the culprit was about halfway through, but alas, I was not completely correct and there were still a lot of surprises in store for me. As usual, Kate is in the midst of a climatic ending when she literally stumbles on the location of the predator. But, just when you think there is a happy ending the author throws a surprise curve ball. My one complaint with this story is the number of loose ends. I am not used to that happening with this series, so it was a bit unexpected. I still very much enjoyed this story and will be moving on to the next one shortly. I definitely recommend this book and series to those who enjoy a romantic thriller.

About the Book: Linda Castillo’s bestselling series continues with GONE MISSING—a deeply chilling novel about a rite of passage gone horribly wrong.

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?

Linda CastilloAbout the Author: Linda Castillo is the New York Times bestselling author of the Kate Burkholder series, including Sworn to Silence and Gone Missing, crime thrillers set in Amish country. Sworn to Silence was recently adapted into a Lifetime original movie titled An Amish Murder starring Neve Campbell as Kate Burkholder.

Castillo is the recipient of numerous industry awards, including the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence and the Holt Medallion, and she received a nomination for the Rita. In addition to writing, Castillo’s other passion is horses, particularly her appaloosa George. She lives in Texas with her husband and is currently at work on her next novel.

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