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In this electrifying thriller by New York Times best seller Linda Castillo, Kate Burkholder must uncover a family's long-hidden past to solve a brutal murder.

When a tornado tears through Painters Mill and unearths human remains, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder finds herself tasked with the responsibility of identifying the bones - and notifying the family. Evidence quickly emerges that the death was no accident, and Kate finds herself plunged into a 30-year-old case that takes her deep into the Amish community to which she once belonged.

Meanwhile, turmoil of an emotional and personal nature strikes at the very heart of Kate's budding relationship with state agent John Tomasetti. A reality that strains their fragile new love to the breaking point and threatens the refuge they've built for themselves - and their future.

Under siege from an unknown assailant - and her own personal demons - Kate digs deep into the case only to discover proof of an unimaginable atrocity, a plethora of family secrets and the lengths to which people will go to protect their own.

©2015 Linda Castillo (P)2015 Macmillan Audio

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  • Avril
  • Listowel, Ontario, Canada
  • 09-14-15

Awful and Dreary

This book does not have much of a plot (at least nothing that grabs your attention). The narrator is terrible. It is like being read to by your not very interested teacher at school. And as others have mentioned there is SO MUCH repetition. I've been trying to finish it, but I have given up. I'm just not that curious about what is going to happen to put myself through listening to the rest.

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Too late to return it

Poorly written, slow and dull, trite language. I can't get into it & won't finish it.

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After The Storm!

I have listened to all of Linda Castillo’s books in this series . I believe this was one of the best. Human passion can turn into a dangerous destructive passion from any walk of life. It can even invade the peaceful existence of the Amish.

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Great!

I love all of Linda Castello's books! This is no exception. It is written in a setting that is my hometown area & makes reference to roads and places I know.

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  • Fay
  • Seattle, WA, United States
  • 08-29-15

Not enough story to carry this episode

I guess I'm not as interested as they think in the heroine's love life and angst over it. It was too much of this story and there was not really enough of the actual crime-solving. In fact she repeated herself way too many times.

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  • Bogie
  • Helotes, TX
  • 08-01-15

Of course another GREAT book and performance !!!

The worst part about reading/listening to a GREAT book/reading series is the wait til the next one comes out. My Wife and I listened to Kathleen read Linda's words while digging the foundation for a storage shed on our property in 100 + degree weather in south Texas--certainly made the time pass quicker--sometimes our breaths' quickening with the story line. Ms Castillo's words, descriptions and plot are phenomenal and Ms McInerney's inflections, cadence and voice make it sound like a true friend relaying the story to you first hand. Come on Linda, get your team cracking with the next chapter in the Chief's life--PLEASE!

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Adnausium

This is the worst of this series.
The first few chapters were whiney and juvenile. Throughout the entire book I wondered why the author felt it necessary to explain every single thing as though speaking to idiots. In this day and age of television and the Internet, the listener does not have to be told what CSI or CSU stands for. As for the Pennsylvania Dutch, not everything needs to be interpreted.

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I enjoy these stories

I truly enjoy these Kate Burkholder stories. This one is different than the others as it isn’t based on sex or sexual violence. It’s a heartbreaker from the start. The twists at the end are good. A good story.

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Always a good read!

This serious is one of my favorites. I love the mystery which is always interesting and complex. The characters are like old friends you spend an evening with and the author describes the life of the Amish people beautifully. As in all subcultures there is good and bad, but these books remind us of the basic struggle to be good or evil and the heroine is perfect.

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Another fantastic Amish read from Linda!!!!

I love all of Linda's books!!! Each one seems to be better than the last! If your searching for a great murder writer.. Look no further! Favorite part? The relationship between the two main characters.:-) The narrator is SUPERB!!!! Please keep her, Linda!

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  • George A Bear
  • 07-08-17

Ancient death, modern despair.

Not only is a path of destruction and heartbreak left as a tornado touches down in the small town of Painters Mill, Ohio but in the clean up a skull is found in a damaged barn.

Enter Katie Burkholder, Chief of Police. The skull leads to a complex case going back thirty years and leading to scared lives in the present day.

At the same time, Kate and John Tomassetti have their own issues to deal with.

The Kate Burkholder series, set in Amish country, is one of my favorites series and I recommend all of the books. I also enjoy Kathleen McInerney's narration.

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