A Kate Burkholder Novel

eBook - 2019
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In this gripping thriller from New York Times bestselling author Linda Castillo, a devastating murder exposes an Amish family’s tortured past. The peaceful town of Painters Mill is shattered when an Amish grandmother is brutally murdered on an abandoned farm. When Chief of Police Kate Burkholder arrives on the scene, she learns that the woman’s seven-year-old granddaughter is gone, abducted in plain sight. Kate knows time is against her—the longer the girl is missing, the less likely her safe return becomes. The girl’s family is a pillar of the Amish community, well-respected by all. But Kate soon realizes they’re keeping secrets—and the sins of their past may be coming back to haunt them. What are they hiding and why? Kate’s investigation brings her to an isolated Old Order Amish settlement along the river, a community where family is everything and tradition is upheld with an iron fist. But the killer is close behind, drawing more victims into a twisted game of revenge. Left behind at each new crime scene are cryptic notes that lead Kate to a haunting and tragic secret. What she uncovers threatens to change everything she thought she knew about the family she’s fighting for, the Amish community as a whole—and her own beliefs. As time to find the missing girl runs out, Kate faces a harrowing choice that will test her convictions and leave one family forever changed.
Publisher: [S.l.]: St. Martin's Publishing Group, 2019.
ISBN: 9781250142887
Characteristics: 320 p.
Additional Contributors: cloudLibrary

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Oct 18, 2020

This one got me out of bed to read till I finished. I love the whodunnit. I love this author's style of storytelling. Went to bed at midnight with another 100 or so pages to go....Finally thought I can't up and read another hour...….so glad I've discovered this author. Also so glad it was available in large print.

Jun 30, 2020

Discussed June 3, 2020, at Igo Mystery Book Club. My review is on Goodreads at

May 22, 2020

Excellent thriller

Feb 29, 2020

This was a terrific suspense novel. It had me hooked from the beginning to end. The challenges faced by Kate and Tomassiti had me turning the pages to find the resolution to these horrific crimes and bring the child home. It was interesting to view a little of the Amish culture. After reading other reviews, I see that this is a series. I'll be sure to read them.

Nov 10, 2019

I didn't know that this was a series, but I was able to jump right in with this book. I will backtrack now and read some of the others in this series. I enjoyed the strong female main character Kate Burkholder. I also enjoyed the fact that it took place in the Amish culture. I will add this author to my list of series books.

Nov 05, 2019

This is another great book by Linda Castillo. The series continues with Chief of Police Kate Burkholder and of course the investigation takes her into the Amish community. A good mystery.

Nov 04, 2019

Did not disappoint! This is a great series and they're getting even better.

Oct 03, 2019

Great read! The suspense was maintained until the end and kept me guessing, so I ended up reading it quickly.

ArapahoeSarahH Oct 02, 2019

Loved it! Another great installment in the Kate Burkholder series, which kept the suspense going until the last few pages - stayed up way too late to finish this one!

Sep 23, 2019

Enjoyed this book as much, if not more, that the rest of the Linda Castillo books I've read! I will be watching for the next one to come out!

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