Everyone in Painters Mill knows the abandoned Hochstetler farm is haunted. But only a handful of the residents remember the terrible secrets lost in the muted/hushed whispers of time - and now death is stalking them, seemingly from the grave.
On a late-night shift, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called to the scene of an apparent suicide - an old man found hanging from the rafters in his dilapidated barn. But evidence quickly points to murder and Kate finds herself chasing a singularly difficult and elusive trail of evidence that somehow points back to the tragedy of that long-ago incident.
Meanwhile, Kate has moved in with state agent John Tomasetti and for the first time in so long, they're both happy; a bliss quickly shattered when one of the men responsible for the murders of Tomasetti’s family four years ago is found not guilty and walks away a free man. Will Tomasetti be pulled back to his own haunted past?
When a second man is found dead - also seemingly by his own hand - Kate discovers a link in the case that sends the investigation in a direction no one could imagine and revealing the horrifying truth of what really happened that terrible night 35 years ago, when an Amish father and his four children perished - and his young wife disappeared without a trace. And, as Kate knows - the past never truly dies…in The Dead Will Tell by Linda Castillo.
©2014 Linda Castillo (P)2014 Macmillan Audio
A different narrator.
Yes, if different narrator.
I hate when the narrator tries to "act out" the different voices. Ex: She used a baby voice that sounded absolutely ridiculous. I couldn't even finish the book, and it was probably a good story. Thank God Audible let's you return stuff!
Mystery lover from waaaay back when.... Especially love those dark police/detective procedurals and the comic caper. I'm pretty tough as a reviewer. Writing must be smart and well-edited. Plots must be credible and a bit of twistiness and surprises are always welcome. Favorite authors [partial list]: Donald Westlake, Tana French, David Rosenfelt, Ruth Rendell, Ed McBain,
I suspect that this might be a good book but the narrator is so flat and unemotional, that I found myself drifting off everytime I listened to it. The narrator is also not very good at varying the voice of her characters. It is more challenging for female narrators to "voice" male characters but this narrator really does a poor job. The men all sound alike.
Maybe I'll borrow the book from my library!
As a psychiatrist addiction is important to me. I am addicted to audible books, kindle books, my husband, and my thirteen cats.
Linda Castillo's books are like works of art and should be enjoyed with good wine and silence. She is so good at depicting the lives of the Penn. dutch or Amish if you prefer. I grew up very close to the Amish and remember as a child one of the mother's bring her daughter to us. We rushed her to the hospital with pneumonia, against the ordinance. They are harsh to some but there is something special about living a simple life with God. Her books are always well written and have "killer" plots. This one is really twisted and unpredictable.
I've enjoyed all of Linda Castillo's stories. Just when I think she cannot top her last book, another is released that's even better. This one is her best, held me captive from the beginning to the end. No dull parts in this book!
These books have an interesting premise and intriguing protagonist. However, the writing is heavy-handed, and the author doesn't have a believable grasp of either the Amish or of police procedure. After listening to three books, I keep expecting the writing to improve. Disappointingly, it feels like Ms. Castillo has found a marginally adequate formula and is determined to cling to it instead of trying to reach a higher level.
The narration is likewise adequate, but hasn't improved. Despite my hopes for the characters and the concept, I'm going to look elsewhere.
The latest installment in the Kate Berlholder series does not disappoint. The characters and plot are well developed but believable at the same time. Once you start listening you just do not want to stop! Narrator was expressive and she conveyed the tone of each scene perfectly. Awesome read.
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