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Gone Missing: A Kate Burkholder Novel Paperback – March 12, 2013
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“Exciting . . . Castillo ratchets up the tension nicely before the disconcerting ending.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Gripping. . . the unsettling ending leaves the door open for more books in the series. . . This fast-paced thrill ride through the always fascinating Amish country of Ohio should appeal to readers of Karin Slaughter, Betty Webb, and Lisa Jackson. Devotees of this series won't want to miss it, and this entry should gain Castillo new fans as well.” ―Library Journal
“The sparks between Kate and Tomasetti are hot, but be assured these are not mushy romances. Castillo spares nary a gory detail.” ―The Star Ledger (Newark, NJ)
“Like its predecessors, Gone Missing melds Castillo's multiple talents for storytelling, character development and rich depictions of Amish life. From its gut-punch start to its stunning end, Castillo's latest vividly tells twin stories of how evil and insanity can masquerade as righteousness and of how love's stirrings can mitigate, if not cure, the damage done to the soul.” ―Richmond Times Dispatch (Virginia)
“Chilling . . . This series will delight fans of Chelsea Cain and Thomas Harris.” ―USA Today on Sworn to Silence
“Absolutely stunning. . . . A perfectly crafted thriller.” ―Lisa Scottoline on Sworn to Silence
“Shades of In Cold Blood . . . Another chilling thriller.” ―People magazine on Pray for Silence
“Violent and earthy, and completely impossible to put down.” ―BookPage on Pray for Silence
“If you like the work of Tana French--and yes, you should―Castillo is every bit as good, and much closer to home.” ―BookReporter.com on Breaking Silence
“Exceptionally well-drawn characters and a gripping plot that takes some shocking turns to a heart-pounding conclusion . . . another winner.” ―Booklist (starred review) on Breaking Silence
“Written at a thrilling pace, with haunting images, Breaking Silence is a novel worth staying up all night to reach the end.” ―New York Journal of Books on Breaking Silence
About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Linda Castillo lives in Texas with her husband and is currently at work on her next book in this series, also set in Amish Country and featuring Chief of Police Kate Burkholder.
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This book, however, is not one of my favorites in the series. It deals with the disappearance of several Amish teenagers, one of whom is related by marriage to Kate's sister. The early part of this book is not as compelling as it might be, but I was pleased that the author did not obsess on secrets from the pasts of both Kate and Tomasetti, which have detracted from the plots of some of the other books. Kate's realization of the motive for these crimes, which she knew was the key to solving them, was supposed to be a startling revelation, but I suspect everyone except Kate and Tomasetti had already figured that out. As in some of the other books, she shows little regard for warrants when it comes to exploring properties and gathering possible evidence. The crimes were solved, but the ending had some ambiguity. Kate learned some new and vital information about what had actually happened and she reported it to Tomasetti, but the epilogue seems to indicate that nothing was done about it, even though it was something that certainly would not have been ignored. For those reasons I found the book below par for Linda Castillo, but I still enjoyed it. I would recommend it, but those who have never read this author should start with one of her other books.
THE STORY: Something is happening to Amish teens, there have been some mysterious disappearances in Ohio. Kate, with her experience of having been Amish and also being police chief of a town with a significant Amish population is asked to consult on the cases. She will be working with her friend and lover John Tomasetti at his request. When one of the disappearances becomes a murder investigation, Kate fears for a missing teen in her own town.
OPINION: This was a thrilling book. Puzzling and then frightening with a mystery with many layers so that the ultimate solution was not predictable, this book was one that kept me switching between suspects until the end. I really liked that Kate is out of her element here. It allows her to have a different role that doesn't get bogged down in the practicalities of her normal police work. It also allows her to have a different experience working with John. I am a big fan of the relationship between these two damaged people and I like to see how they are making halting moves towards one another.
The climax of this story was really scary and even though I knew that things would turn out okay (there are more books in the series after all), I still felt the danger that Kate was in.
WORTH MENTIONING: The personal relationship between Kate and John takes a new turn in this book.
CONNECTED BOOKS: GONE MISSING is the fourth book in the Kate Burkholder series. The book is a mystery crime thriller and can read as a standalone. It does, however, contain a continuing personal story about Kate's reaction to her job and also her relationship with John Tomasetti that continues through the series.
STAR RATING: I give this book 5 stars.