A Gathering of Secrets

A Kate Burkholder Novel
Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
Series: Kate Burkholder Series, Book 10
Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (593 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A deadly fire exposes the dark side of Amish life in this harrowing new thriller in Linda Castillo's New York Times best-selling audiobook series.

When a historic barn burns to the ground in the middle of the night, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called in to investigate. At first it looks like an accident, but when the body of 18-year-old Daniel Gingerich is found inside - burned alive - Kate suspects murder. But who would want a well-liked, hardworking Amish man dead?

Kate delves into the investigation and discovers Daniel had a dark side. He was a sexual predator. His victims were mainly Amish women, too afraid to come forward, and he's been getting away with it for far too long. Now someone has stopped him, but who? The women he victimized? Their boyfriends? Their parents?

As Kate wades through a sea of suspects, she's confronted by her own violent past and an unthinkable possibility.

©2018 Linda Castillo (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"Narrator Kathleen McInerney returns as compassionate and determined Chief of Police Kate Burkholder.... McInerney shifts seamlessly between the many secondary characters, drawing in listeners as the plot unfolds." (AudioFile)

 
"The audio book format is especially good, due entirely to the skillful reading of Kathleen McInerney...one doesn't ordinarily begin an audio review with plaudits for the reader, but in a few cases it's entirely justified, and this is one of them." (NJ.com)

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Weakest Book Of The Series

I've listened to most of Linda Castillo's Kate Burkholder mysteries and listened to them as audiobooks. I've really enjoyed the series. I was eager to purchase this latest book as soon as it came out. Unfortunately, I have to say that this is the weakest book in the series. It seems more like recycled, random parts strung together rather than a cohesive, compelling, and interesting mystery. Once again, there's a fire. Once again, an Amish girl commits suicide. Once again, we hear about Kate's past. What's lacking this time out is Castillo's normally intricate plotting. I figured out the likely suspects almost immediately. There was literally NO suspense. Also, when Kate discovered the truth of what happened, she did no follow up with the fire victim's family, which I found odd given the circumstances surrounding the death and the victim, himself. Kathleen McInerney again was fantastic with the delivery of the story.

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This series has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATIONS!!!!

A Gathering of Secrets is the 10th book in the Kate Burkholder series. I have previously reviewed the first three books as I was very impressed with them. Seven books later and I can't wait for Linda Castillo to write another book! The series takes place in Painters Mill, Ohio where Burkholder (who had been raised Amish) is now the Chief of police. Well respected by fellow officers, generally head butting the town council and scorned be the Amish for leaving the church. The stories in this series are believable, the characters are fleshed out and given a personal life as well as public. Each book has a single and plausible main storyline, some have a minor story that usually ties in at some point. I won't say anything about this particular book, the publisher's summaries are very good and give just enough detail with out giving away too much of the plot. These are really EXCELLENT procedurals. Do Not let the fact that they take place in Amish country turn you off, these book are anything but plain! Kathleen McInerney narrates all of these books and does an outstanding job doing so. She even speaks the Pennsylvania Dutch language as if it were second nature. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this series. If you found this review helpful please indicate so. Thank You.

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Not the best!

I love the Kate Burkholder series, but this was not the best. The story was good, but way too much gore on the details of the victims and the medical parts - just sickening. Could have done without that and would have still loved the story.

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Might be time for a new series

Very predictable. Could wait for it to be over! Narrator has a whiny voice was very annoying.

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Always A Great Read

Always looking forward to the next read. The Narrator's voice is amazing Read her new 2020 book and waiting for more! Living in an Amish Community makes it all sooo real!!

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My Favorite One in the Series (so far)

I was tickled to discover that Kate seemed more insightful in this book. I am afraid I accused her of being brave but not smart in the book previous to this one. Now she is both. You’ll find lots of twists and turns in this satisfying read.

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Plot Twists!

Plot twists throughout to keep you guessing and avoid getting bored. My only critique is that it is similar to some of the other Kate Burkholder books (her life is again endangered at one point). Didn't care too much for the narrator either. I am still a fan of the series though and will read the next book in the series.

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Superb Story Line

Twist and Turns to keep you guessing and wondering. Fantastic story telling and great narration.

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Same stuff over and over

Did not like it. it's the same plot over and over through the whole series just different circumstances. BORING AND PREDICTABLE.

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Riveting!!!!

I can't get enough of this amazing author!! Her plots and characters keep you on the edge of your seat!! Unexpected twists and turns throughout! The voices that the reader was impressive!! ENJOY!!!!!!!!!

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Book 10 in the Keat Burkholder series

Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called in to investigate a death in a burned out barn. Is it an accidental? The victim, an 18 year old boy, at first appears to be a paragon of virtue, but on closer investigation this starts to change. During the investigation Kate has to face things from her past that cause her to question her role. Another good story from Linda Castillo.