The author just doesn't represent a small town the way it REALLY is. The police would NEVER have to identify themselves in a town of this size. EVERYONE would know them on sight and they would know everyone as well.
Yes, it was predictable and more importantly to me, it was unnecessarily gory in several places, but it is somewhat entertaining without any depth.
I differ, however, about the narrator. I really enjoyed her.
Too unrealistic and the narrator made it worse. I was looking for a new series but this is not it. I finished listening to the entire story but it was almost painful and once I listened to the Q&A with the author at the end it became apparent as to why it was so bad, a couple of ride a longs and a shopping trip to Amish Country does not an expert make. I had high hopes. This was a let down.
I did not love anything about this book. I liked it, but I did like the plot, but was sickened by the details, and twisted motives in this story. Linda Castillo must be pretty twisted herself to come up with this stuff. Less gore and more story and I would have enjoyed this book. I am just not into every little twisted detail.
The profanity and gore are a turn off. I don't think I will move on to book two for those two reasons.
It's been done....an amish murder...lifetime movie network..
I liked it, but would like to have read a censored version....I guess I'm a wimp...
It was a bit graphics in horror details, but the story was so thrilling it did not destroy my interest in "need to know what happens next". Very good thriller.
It's hard to continue listening when the men sound like preteen girls & Amish sound like a robot.
Suffers from lack of editing. Characters over expound the simplest things - the main character assumes fellow police officers don't know the basics. Profiler comes up with description any reader could write. The mystery was lost in the dullness and dumbness and I just couldn't finish. If you've ever read a decent procedural, just skip this. Not bad, just really, really mediocre.
I bought this book not only because the premise is interesting but also because another reviewer warned that those "with a delicate heart" should reconsider this book. Never having listened to a real thriller, I put the book in my shopping cart with a defiant mindset. Within a minute listening to the prologue I knew that reviewer was right on the mark. The opening scene completely shook me. At one point I was listening in a very public place in broad daylight, and I still felt creeped out. Linda Castillo is a detailed writer who leaves little to the imagination, and Kathleen McInerney's ability to deliver as a helpless victim, menacing threat, and level-headed detective made the story all the more impactful.
The setting was very unique. The juxtaposition between the Amish and the "English" made for a fantastic backdrop.
I have a semi love - hate relationship with Kate, the protagonist. In some situations she acts with the reserve and intellect you'd expect from an intelligent detective, but in other situations she's so reckless and slow to catch on that it's frustrating. About 80% of the time she reacted in a reasonable (and sometimes pleasantly surprising) manner; that other 20% had me anxious and at the edge of my seat. However that 20% is also the part of Kate that made her feel more like a real person and less like a fictional heroine. Kathleen's delivery conveyed that even when Kate could acknowledge that her actions were stupid she just couldn't help it. No one is perfect, not even in print.
The story was gripping; once I started I had a really tough time putting it down. I don't think the identity of the killer is surprising as the clues build up early and rapidly, but even once I was fairly certain I still *had to know* how everything unraveled.
I don't think I'll re-listen to the book; it was moving enough the first time. But I am certainly looking forward to reading the rest of the series.