Audiobook Review | The Dead Will Tell by Linda Castillo

the dead will tell
Title: The Dead Will Tell (Kate Burkholder, #6)
Author: Linda Castillo
Publish Date: July 8, 2014 by Minotaur Books
# of Pages: 320
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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(From Goodreads) 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 thirty-five 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


Rating (1-5, 5 is exceptional)
Quality of Writing – 4
Pace – 4
Plot Development – 4
Ending – 4
Characters – 4
Enjoyability – 4
Ease of Reading – 4
Voice Acting – 5

Overall Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐


The Dead Will Tell, the sixth book in the Kate Burkholder series by Linda Castillo, is about a 30-year-old unsolved murder in Painter’s Mill. When the dead seem to come back to life, tensions run high, and Kate Burkholder is on the case.

As with Castillo’s other books in this series, I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It was an exciting cat and mouse game, trying to figure out who the killer was before they struck again. The writing was impeccable, and the pacing was wonderful.

The Dead Will Tell opened on an intense scene, replaying the scenes of a murder. Throughout the book, murder is afoot, and Castillo did a great job of taking her audience through the scenes of the crimes. The plot unfolded quickly—the book was a real page turner. I enjoyed the concept of the dead coming back to life. It forces you to question what’s going on in the book while you read it.

I also liked the continually developing relationship between Kate and John Tomasetti. As always, I appreciated that the relationship was there, but it took a backseat to the main plot of the book. Kate and John’s relationship is a slow burn in the series.

The book ended with a good sense of closure. You can’t bring back those who have died, but justice was served, and everything was wrapped up nicely.

The characters in The Dead Will Tell (and the entire Kate Burkholder series) were wonderfully written. Kate and John Tomasetti’s characters knocked it out of the park. Now that I’ve finished book six, I feel as though I really know Kate as a person. She’s a great character, and you can’t help but feel attached to her sass and no-nonsense attitude.

The voice narrator was amazing in this book. As with the other books in the series, she’s hands down one of the best voice actors I’ve had the pleasure to listen to. If you’re not big on audiobooks, give this series a try!

You’ve heard me say it before . . . I highly recommend this series! If you enjoy thrillers and mysteries, these books are a lot of fun!

If you enjoy thrillers and mysteries, you need to check out this series! Stop by my Book Review Index to check out my reviews for the earlier books in the Kate Burkholder series!



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9 thoughts on “Audiobook Review | The Dead Will Tell by Linda Castillo

  1. Awesome review!
    The person reading the story can make it or break it… seems like this one was on spot! ❤ I'm just getting into audio books so i'm always on the lookout for new stuff 🙂

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