Kate Burkholder Series, Book 11

eBook - 2019
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In this gripping thriller from New York Times bestselling author Linda Castillo, a devastating murder exposes an Amish family's tortured past.

The peaceful town of Painters Mill is shattered when an Amish grandmother is brutally murdered on an abandoned farm. When Chief of Police Kate Burkholder arrives on the scene, she learns that the woman's seven-year-old granddaughter is gone, abducted in plain sight. Kate knows time is against her--the longer the girl is missing, the less likely her safe return becomes. The girl's family is a pillar of the Amish community, well-respected by all. But Kate soon realizes they're keeping secrets--and the sins of their past may be coming back to haunt them. What are they hiding and why?

Kate's investigation brings her to an isolated Old Order Amish settlement along the river, a community where family is everything and tradition is upheld with an iron fist. But the killer is close behind, drawing more victims into a twisted game of revenge. Left behind at each new crime scene are cryptic notes that lead Kate to a haunting and tragic secret. What she uncovers threatens to change everything she thought she knew about the family she's fighting for, the Amish community as a whole--and her own beliefs.

As time to find the missing girl runs out, Kate faces a harrowing choice that will test her convictions and leave one family forever changed.

Publisher: 2019.
ISBN: 9781250142887
Branch Call Number: eBook overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Overdrive, Inc

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Aug 17, 2019

I'm 11 books in and Linda Castillo never fails me! This series is as strong as ever. As the hours count down you can feel the anxiety and tension as Kate struggles to find a kidnapped girl before it's too late. Each chapter of the book begins with the number of hours the child has been missing, which adds to that tension. This is another tale of mystery and intrigue with all the series regulars I have come to love, as well as the usual (and fascinating) insight into the Amish communities. I was very drawn in by the moral dilemma in this book and found myself pondering how something can seem so right and so wrong at the same time. Shamed can definitely be read as a standalone as the references to earlier cases are kept to a minimum. I highly recommend this book!

Aug 13, 2019

#11 in the Kate Burkholder series and as satisfying as usual.

Jul 28, 2019

Great! Probably the best I've read of her books so far. Definitely deserved 5 stars

Jul 15, 2019

In a child abduction, every second counts. Think how far a car can go in just a few seconds. Think how long it takes before a kidnapping is reported or enough information is gathered to a preliminary make a report. Seconds count. Seconds that turn into minutes, hours; and then the days when family, friends and cops secretly begin to give up hope and just want a body to bring home. No one speaks those dark thoughts aloud.
In Shamed Kate Burkholder the Painter Mill’s police chief is called to an abandoned house where an Amish grandmother has been stabbed to death in what looks like a frenzied rage; a special needs granddaughter has been taken and another child left behind. The three went to the abandoned farm to pick walnuts, where they had been many times before with no reason to suspect the horror awaiting them
. The Amish are a closed society, only reluctantly accepting help from the “English”. Kate was raised Amish but left the religion as a young adult. The Amish have very mixed feelings about dealing with her, but the fact that she knows the lifestyle (lifestyles of the rich and famous it ain’t) and can speak the language sometimes goes a long way in alleviating the suspicion of dealing with the English.
This is a can’t-turn the- pages-fast-enough- mystery. It is also a straight-up thriller. There is very little of the personal with Kate or her state agent boyfriend John Tomasetti. Castillo provides a count down of the time for the reader, upping the tension.
As always the insight into the Amish community is fascinating. It truly is a harsh, closed society, but one that will do anything for a member of the community; except tell the truth when it might save a child’s life.
I’m taking a star away because there were a few mistakes that I found odd in the 11th book of a police procedural. Burkholder put blood evidence into a plastic bag instead of paper-that’s a forensics 101 mistake. Also the book referred to another character’s murder as happening either at night or in the morning. Kate was almost a witness so there should not have been any doubt. Also, I thought it was unclear whether or not Kate had shot another character.
Shamed is a terrific addition to the Burkholder series. A perfect reason to stay inside with the air conditioner and read.
Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Apr 07, 2019

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