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Gone Missing: A Thriller (Kate Burkholder #4)

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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 al
Paperback, 277 pages
Published March 12th 2013 by Minotaur Books (first published 2011)
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Chief of Police Kate Burkholder received a call from Agent John Tomasetti with a request for her to join his colleagues to assist in a case that was puzzling them all – young teenagers were going missing, and it seemed their only connection to each other was that they were Amish. With Kate having been informed of a missing Amish teen just that morning in Painter’s Mill, the likenesses were chilling.

Leaving Detective Glock in charge, and only a phone call away 24/7, Kate drove the one hundred mi
In her latest novel, Linda Castillo again creates a world of thrilling suspense and intrigue flavored with a spicy side of sizzle that leaves readers hungry for more!

Her strong protagonist,Kate Burkholder, approaches her latest case with tenacity tempered with compassion. Her complicated and precarious balance as a small town police cheif, who happens to be formerly Amish,is challenged in new and uncertain directions as her relationship with the edgy state agent John Tomasetti begins to take on
I won this ARC copy of Gone Missing on a Goodreads Giveaway which did not influence my review.

I am fan of this series, but this latest entry was a disappointment to me on various levels. First off, I hope that the book goes through another editing before the final edition goes to print, because there were so many dropped words and misspelled words or incorrect words used that I had to stop myself from grabbing a red pencil and correcting them. Next, the writing was repetitive. I lost count of ho
Jenni Boyd
This book got off to a great start, grabbing my attention with the first line in the prologue, 'Becca had always known her life would end in tragedy. I could feel Becca's pain and sadness, and eagerly went through the chapters wanting to see justice served against those that had made her life a misery, but about halfway through the book, it began to drag, and became repetitive, to the point I was skimming through the pages, until it again began to build to a nail bitting end, but found the final ...more
This was a great addition to the Kate Burkholder lexicon. This series just improves with each tale told. Peeks into the light/dark of the Amish community, amazingly 'real' characters, suspense, mystery and the ever burgeoning love story of two broken people always in the background.

Ms Castillo is very adept at weaving the pieces into rich, satisfying and beautiful tapestry.

I am already waiting impatiently waiting for the next leg of the journey.
The North Wall
I wasn't mad keen on the third book in this series and - having got this one out of the library - I was happy not to have paid any money for it.

A wafer-thin plot stretches out across what felt like a pretty short novel - light on characterisation and heavy on repetition of descriptions, explanations and an overview of what everyone was wearing. I suspect the Amish hook to these novels might be limiting things slightly, at first it provided an original and interesting setting, now it's merely tir
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The ending of this book saved it. Obviously, a story 'to be continued...'.

Aside from that as far as I was concerned the first 3/4's of this book was trite and
repetitive. I've liked this Castillo series in the past, but had this been my first read by this author I would never have finished it.

Spoiler alert: it wasn't until page 195 that Kate found the clue that was the key to the case. She said,""I found the connection," I say without preamble. "The missing teenagers were breaking the rules. They
The Kate Burkholder Series is great, and I do not think of myself as a "series reader" but I can't wait to get to the next one of these. Castillo paints the fine line that Chief Burkholder walks between the Amish world she grew up in and the "Englisher" world she is now trying to make her way in.

The characters have evolved with each book and they not only deal with murders but the baggage of their own pasts. Castillo gives us a peek into a whole different lifestyle as well as the politics and
Sean Peters
Another gripping, tension filled book by Linda Castillo, number four in the Kate Burkholder books.

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 s
Paul Pessolano
“Gone Missing” by Linda Castillo, published by Minotaur Books.

Category – Mystery/Thriller

Kate Burkholder, as you know, is the subject of four books by Linda Castillo. The stories are very unusual in that they take place in the Amish country of Ohio. Kate is the Chief of Police at Painters Mill, an Amish Community in rural Ohio. Kate was hired by Painters Mill because she was Amish but due to circumstances left the community. Kate, due her background, is able to communicate with the Amish. The Am
D.B. Reynolds
I came across this series just recently, which means I had the pleasure of reading all four of the existing Kate Burkholder books back to back. The stories are filled with suspense, and Castillo's characters are intelligent and very human, warts and all. Kate Burkholder is solid, but with a troubled past that continues to haunt, and John Tomasetti is marvelous (and sexy,) albeit deeply scarred by his own tragic past. The assorted supporting characters are equally well drawn and fully fleshed. Th ...more
Jean Coldwell
As a big fan of the Kate Burkholder Amish thriller series by Linda Castillo, I was excited to get started on the fourth installment, Gone Missing. It begins promising enough with the prologue: “Becca had always known her life would always end in tragedy. As a child, she couldn’t speak to her certainty of her fate or explain how she could foresee such a thing. She believed in providence, and it came as no surprise when she realized she would also die young.”

Castillo sets the scene as in the prev
Ilyssa Wesche
I do enjoy the characters, the setting, and the premise of this series. But this might be the last one I can read about young Amish girls being sexually exploited or savagely treated. There HAS to be another storyline available, not to mention victim.

Also, I get bogged down in the descriptions sometimes. I get it. They're Plain.
Linda Castillo's imagination is almost as dark as John Sandford's (Prey Series). The climax here will haunt me for a while. The story will be a chilling movie.

Related entirely in the voice of Kate Burkholder, the reader never hears from the bad guys in dialogue or shared thoughts a la Sandford. Also, the horror is not ongoing throughout the story, but clobbers you in the last few chapters. I was totally unprepared. It's possible to feel that the clues are beginning to lead to an arrest, a rescue
Romancing the Book
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Okay, so I love crime novels. And I love Amish novels. Linda Castillo is a fantastic author who gives her readers both of those things and so much more. Her writing style is completely unique blending complex characters, with complex plot lines, giving the reader just what they want.

When you think of Amish, you don’t think of crime, do you? I don’t. I think of the peacefulness seeing their sim
Apr 02, 2012 Carol rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Carol by: Macmillan review
Shelves: fiction
I'm not certain where my fascination with The Amish comes from but I'll bet I have plenty of company in regards to their lifestyle. This is one reason Linda Castillo's Kate Burkholder series has such appeal. Kate was in the life, one of The Plain People and chose to leave. Exploring the reasons and watching her in her role as Chief of Police of Painter's Mill, Ohio is like being a voyeur. I get to watch Kate and the people she serves, Amish and Englisher, who reside side by side in this rural to ...more
Having discovered Castillo with the release of her second title, I bought the first, read both, and now am utterly hooked. Her formerly Amish Sheriff Kate Burkholder is a wonderfully complex character. Her past tinges every day, and every crime, with her own anguish which re-emerges with particular force when the crimes involve the Amish community. Gone Missing is a gripping, stark, brutal novel, with a premise all too familiar in this day of cult kidnappings and missing teens. From the opening ...more
Anne OK
(4th book in Kate Burkholder Amish Series)

Another solid addition to Castillo's suspenseful and thrilling series. A bit of a change in writing style for the author - this one was written in first person from Kate's POV. It flowed well and worked just fine for me. lthough I figured out the culprits fairly early on, there was an unexpected surprise that hit me without a hint near the end. I'm enjoying the ongoing relationship between Kate and Tomasetti, who seem to finally be at the point of admitt
4th in this series and one of my favourites so far. I liked that we were taken out of the normal comfort zone of the previous books, which made this book different and therefore not another -here we go again-. A good interesting story.
I received this book in the Goodreads giveaway. I have read all four books in this series; this is my second favorite. Yes, there is some repetition, but I see that in a lot of books when the author believes some cultural differences need to be stressed or clarified. It is not an overly long story, so I was able to read it quickly. The story line of missing teens was current and provided a sense of realism. We all know of similar real-life circumstances and it made the story more compelling. I a ...more
I think Castillo has exhausted the Ohio Amish as the setting for her crime thrillers. This book barely managed to have a plot that held together until the end, even with the added bonus of the complicated romance between the two main characters and the predictable twist at the end
Liese Sherwood-Fabre
Set in Ohio Amish country, Linda's Castillo's thiller details the hunt for a series of missing teenaged Amish girls. Brought in because of her Amish background, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder finds herself drawn even deeper into the investigation when one of her relatives becomes a victime. Threaded throughout also is the growning attraction she feels with another officer on the case (Tomasetti).

There is a strong sense of tension as the investigation deepens and becomes personal for Burkholder
Michelle Robinson
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Another great entry in the Amish series by Linda Castillo. My only problem was the writing seemed odd at the very beginning of the book. I can't say why but it did not feel at first like Linda Castillo's voice. And this one has a cliffhanger, which is also new. Other than that, loved the book, loved the continuation of the characters.

Book Description
Publication Date: June 19, 2012 | Series: Kate Burkholder (Book 4)

Linda Castillo’s bestselling series has been called “gripping” [People] and “impos
Kate Burkholder, 33, has been the Chief of Police in small Painters Mill, Ohio for three years. She spends a lot of time corralling cows and teenagers, because the Amish in this community pretty much police their own. The one exception is the time of “Rumspringa,” when Amish adolescents are allowed to sow some wild oats before they choose either to become baptized in the Amish church or to leave the community. As it happens, Kate is one of those young people who left, after a traumatic incident ...more
Und weiter geht es mit Polizeichefin Kate Burkholder.
“Gone Missing” reiht sich nahtlos in Castillos spannende Reihe rund um die Amish Gemeinde in Ohio ein.

Es beginnt mit einem Selbstmord. Jahre danach verschwinden jugendliche Amish spurlos, meistens während ihrer “Rumspringa” – Zeit, der Zeit, in der sie sich als Teenager austoben dürfen, um zu entscheiden, ob sie in der Amish Gemeinde bleiben oder ob sie lieber ins “normale” US Leben wechseln wollen. Als wieder ein Mädchen auf dem Heimweg versc
Heidi Gonzalez
I am fascinated by the Amish culture and love these books. This latest book in the Kate Burkholder series I couldn't put down. Fast paced, and haunting I loved every minute of it.

In search for someone who is abducting young Amish girls John enlists Kate to help him by speaking to the families of the missing girls. What Kate uncovers starts to hit a little too close to home. Most of the girls were rebellious, didn't feel they fit into the Amish community and had considered leaving. For John the
Kathleen Hagen
Gone Missing, by Linda Castillo, a-minus, Narrated by Kathleen McInerney, Produced by Macmillan Audio, downloaded from

This is the fourth in the Police Chief Kate Burkholder series. Kate is police chief in a small town which borders on an Amish community-one in which Kate grew up herself in the Amish faith, and which she left without committing to the church. She is therefore an outsider in the normal “Englisher” community as well as considered a traitor to the Amish community. But s
Andrea M.
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Review of Gone Missing an Advance Reader’s Edition

Linda Castillo’s crafty use of words and ingenious clues throughout the story keeps the reader pondering why the crimes were committed and who did it. The author provided vivid depictions of various scenes and characters. The plot of this mystery/thriller was brilliant. I have read a couple non-fiction books centered on the Amish community in which women and children did not
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Linda Castillo is the New York Times bestselling author of the Kate Burkholder series, including Sworn to Silence and Gone Missing, crime thrillers set in Amish country. Sworn to Silence was recently adapted into a Lifetime original movie titled An Amish Murder starring Neve Campbell as Kate Burkholder.

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Kate Burkholder (7 books)
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