Title: Gone Missing (Kate Burkholder, #4)
Author: Linda Castillo
Publish Date: June 19, 2012
# of Pages: 276
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(From Goodreads) Linda Castillo’s bestselling series continues with GONE MISSING—a deeply chilling novel about a rite of passage gone horribly wrong.
Rumspringa is the time when Amish teens are allowed to experience life without the rules. It’s an exciting time of personal discovery and growth before committing to the church. But when a young teen disappears without a trace, the carefree fun comes to an abrupt and sinister end, and fear spreads through the community like a contagion.
A missing child is a nightmare to all parents, and never more so than in the Amish community, where family ties run deep. When the search for the presumed runaway turns up a dead body, the case quickly becomes a murder investigation. And chief of Police Kate Burkholder knows that in order to solve this case she will have to call upon everything she has to give not only as a cop, but as a woman whose own Amish roots run deep.
Kate and state agent, John Tomasetti, delve into the lives of the missing teen and discover links to cold cases that may go back years. But will Kate piece together all the parts of this sinister puzzle in time to save the missing teen and the Amish community from a devastating fate? Or will she find herself locked in a fight to the death with a merciless killer?
Rating (1-10, 10 is exceptional)
Quality of Writing – 8
Pace – 7
Plot Development – 7
Ending – 5
Characters – 7
Enjoyability – 7
Ease of Reading – 7
Voice Acting – 8
Overall Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️
In Gone Missing, Linda Castillo’s fourth book in the Kate Burkholder series, Kate is back on another case. This time she’s investigating the disappearances of several Amish teenagers spread across Ohio and Pennsylvania.
I just love Linda Castillo’s writing! Her books are always well-written and a real treat to read. While I didn’t like the fourth book as much as I’ve loved the last three, Gone Missing was still well worth the read.
Gone Missing kept a consistent pace throughout much of the novel. I did feel like the first half of the book dragged a bit during the preliminary investigations, but it quickly picked up thereafter.
The Kate Burkholder series features an Amish mystery in each novel. In this novel, Kate tries to solve the disappearances of several missing Amish teenagers. Gone Missing was a bit different than the last three novels, because Kate isn’t tied to her primary district. She contracts through John Tomasetti’s employer, and together the two work to solve the case. The plot concept is engaging, and the history and insight into the Amish way of living is interesting.
The ending of book didn’t blow me away. The last three novels have practically had me on my feet clapping at the end, but this one was kind of meh. The action and big reveal were awesome, but the plot twist at the end felt unnecessary–I felt like it left too many loose ends.
The characters, as always, are great. Kate and John’s characters have a lot of depth, and their characters are continually expanded upon as the series progresses. The secondary characters are also worthy of mention. They’re compelling, unique, and easily imagined.
The voice acting is awesome. It’s the same person who has narrated the last three books, and she does a phenomenal job.
All-in-all, this book was an engrossing read and translates well to the audiobook format. If you haven’t checked out this series before, I highly recommend you do so!
Have you read any of Linda Castillo’s books? The Kate Burkholder series is great! What are some of your favorite mysteries/thrillers?
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