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Gone Missing by Linda Castillo
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May 18, 2012

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Read from May 18 to 20, 2012

“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 Amish are a very closed society, a very tight knit society, and one that is very wary of the Englischer. “Gone Missing” concerns itself with the Amish rite of Rumspringa. Rumspringa is the time in an Amish teenager’s life where they get to experience life outside of the community and do not have to adhere to the Ordnung (the rules of the community). Several young people have “gone missing” and Kate must determine if she is looking for a teenager who wants to leave the community or is she looking for a serial killer. Kate must use her police experience and her knowledge of the Amish to gather information that leads her to a very disturbing ending.

A great read especially for those interested in the Amish life and how they perceive and interact with those outside of their lives. Although this novel can be enjoyed without reading her other novels, there is a definite flow to the stories and would be advantageous to read them in order.
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