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Gone Missing

(Kate Burkholder #4)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  15,386 ratings  ·  1,414 reviews
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 fu
Hardcover, 276 pages
Published June 19th 2012 by Minotaur Books
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Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars for a pulse pounding read. I read this library book in 2 days, unable to put it down. This is book 4 in the series, and I recommend that you read them in order, as there are some continuing elements, i.e, Kate's personal relationship with a lover and family ties strained because she left the Amish community. Kate Burkholder is the police chief of Painter's Mill, a fictional small town in Northeast Ohio. She grew up Amish but left the community when she was 18. She is no longer welcome in ...more

3.5 stars

In this 4th book in the 'Kate Burkholder' series, the police chief of Painter's Mill, Ohio assists the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) in their search for missing Amish girls. The book can be read as a standalone but familiarity with the series is a plus.


Police Chief Kate Burkholder was raised Amish and speaks Pennsylvania Dutch, so she can help interview Amish people - who normally eschew interaction with 'the English.'

The book opens with a dramatic scene in which an
Susanne  Strong
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-book
4 Stars

When it’s discovered that Amish teens from several different counties have “Gone Missing” during their Rumspringa, Kate Burkholder is asked to consult John Tomasetti and the BCI to find out what has happened to them, and to potentially bring them home, if at all possible. Things hit extremely close to home for Kate, when in the middle of the investigation, one Amish girl, goes missing from Painters Mill.

Tension mounts as Kate Burkholder investigates. A thrilling novel that leaves you bre
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Didn't see that ending coming. Another worthwhile endeavor from Linda Castillo. ...more
When Chief of Police Kate Burkholder joined Agent John Tomasetti to search for missing Amish teenagers, it was the start of a horrific but frustrating time. The young Amish teens were in a time of Rumspringa when they had a period of rebellion against the Plain way. Once back in the fold, they would be baptized into the Amish way to continue the lifestyle for the rest of their lives. But not everyone wanted that commitment. When the husband of Katie’s sister found his niece was missing, Katie wa ...more
This is an Amish Thriller, and this is the 4th book in the Kate Burkholder series. I really loved this book. I have really loved following and getting to know the Kate Burkholder character, and the other character in this series. In this book Amish girls are going missing, and Kate is asked to help find them. I love that this book was more focus on the Amish then some of the other books in this series. This was not as fast pace as the first book, but I feel it was the perfect pace. I really love ...more
Apr 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021, audiobook
The Fourth installment of this series brings us to another case of missing teenagers on Rumspringa- which is the timeframe before an Amish child truly takes to the religion. This time Kate is called upon given her Amish background to help out on a case of missing young women.

I appreciated the development between her and Tomasetti's relationship and the ending quite literally had me holding me breath to see how it would all come together.
"...this case is mostly about the lost ones who fall through the cracks, both Amish and English.

The fourth book in the Kate Burkholder series and going strong. A page turning, keeps you on the edge of your seat thriller.

In previous novels Chief of Police Kate Burkholder of Painter's Mill, Ohio called the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and John Tomasetti for assistance. In this story the roles are reversed. Tomasetti calls Kate for assistance. Two Amish girls are missing and he beli
La Tonya  Jordan
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who like crime mysteries
Recommended to La Tonya by: Carmel, In Public Library Mystery Book club
Shelves: good-read
Amish teenagers are going missing in a Amish country outside of Cleveland, OH. Since, Chief Kate Burkholder was raised Amish and speaks Pennsylvania Dutch, John Tomasetti, detective with Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, thought she would be an asset in solving this crime. Kate enters the investigation with both feet and head strong to find out who would want to abduct Amish teens and for what reason or purpose.

The missing so far.... are Annie King, Bonnie Fisher, Rachel
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Kate Burkholder is called in as a consultant with John Tomasetti when several Amish girls have gone missing. What follows is an unsettling dive into the girls' activities prior to their disappearance and the troubling relationships they'd formed.

The prologue sets the tone for this disturbing story and was always in the background as the investigation proceeded. There are plenty of red herrings but the clues helped eliminate suspects and focus on the remaining
Angela DeSilva
This is definitely one of my favorite series. Full of suspense and hard to guess killers. Highly recommended!
Kate Burkholder is called in to investigate the disappearance of an Amish teenager. The girl was enjoying Rumspringa, a period of freedom for teens where they can experience the modern world before being fully baptized into the Amish faith. As Kate investigates the disappearance, she and Agent John Tomasetti discover similar cold cases going back several years. Amish teens in the region who were a bit rebellious, wanting to leave the faith or misbehaving have been disappearing for years. When a ...more
Dec 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
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
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s a great thriller !!

It’s the fourth book of this series that I read and so far I never been disappointed.

A friend recommended this series to me , so I tried it. I didn’t know what to expect. I never read Linda Castillo books .
I was really pleased by all the three previous books.
Each book is about a crime to be resolve , by Chief Kate Burkholder a former Amish .

I didn’t know much about the Amish community and I couldn’t understand how it could have been mysterious and thrilling. Linda Casti
Oct 21, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Police Chief Kate Burkholder has been contacted by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation to assist in a case involving a missing Amish teenager. Kate is excited to be once again working with John Tomasetti, with whom Kate has a complicated relationship. When the teenager's dead body is found, and an Amish teenager goes missing in Kate's hometown of Painter's Mill Ohio, the case escalates. It also opens up some cold cases of missing Amish teens, putting them on the hunt for a deranged kidnapper. A ...more
Sean Peters
Aug 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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
Jenni Boyd
Mar 27, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the fourth book in Linda Castillo's series with Kate BUrkholder as police chief for a small Ohio town. The cases almost always involve member of the Amish community, and since Burkhalter was born into that community, she has an advantage in knowing how to approach these people. There is quite a bit of duplication from the earlier books which makes it easier for those for whom this is the first book read. But Castillo does an excellent job of building suspense as the plot unfolds and kept ...more
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Now I need the next one
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Asheley T.
This one is a little different than the last few in that it centers around missing young people instead of murders and hate crimes.

John Tomasetti calls Kate Burkholder to come out of town and consult on a case involving multiple missing children from multiple places and families. Kate used to be Amish but now lives a non-Amish life as the Chief of Police in a small Amish community in Ohio. She has great perspective when it comes to interviewing members of the Amish community and looking for sim
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
This is one of the best mystery/suspense series with a female lead around. It's fresh, the characters are believable, well drawn and fleshed and likable, the series teaches about a different culture without being preachy and each new book in the series leaves me breathless. Ms. Castillo is an amazing author to have created something so finely written and something that you can rely on to keep you not only entertained but something that will engage your brain. This is no light fluff reading. This ...more
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sep-15
Loved this 4th book in her Kate Burkholder series!
Maureen DeLuca
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite series! This is a 4 star read, but I'm throwing in another star for the combination of the other 3 books, this one and of course the future books to come!

For those who never picked up this series, I would suggest you start from book one, for the characters are developing as you read on. ( like in most series!)

Great read!
Gone Missing
4 Stars

A series of disappearances of Amish teenagers leads state agent John Tomasetti to request the expertise of Painter’s Mill Chief of Police Kate Burkholder. As the two investigate, it becomes clear that dark secrets exist in any community as does the willingness to kill.

The investigation into the missing teens is absorbing with numerous twists and turns as well as several promising red herrings. Nevertheless, there are insufficient clues to figure out who is responsible and too
D.B. Reynolds
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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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.

Castillo is the recipient of numerous industry awards, including the Daphne du Maurier Award of

Other books in the series

Kate Burkholder (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Sworn to Silence (Kate Burkholder, #1)
  • Pray for Silence (Kate Burkholder, #2)
  • Breaking Silence (Kate Burkholder, #3)
  • Her Last Breath (Kate Burkholder, #5)
  • The Dead Will Tell (Kate Burkholder, #6)
  • After the Storm (Kate Burkholder, #7)
  • Among the Wicked (Kate Burkholder #8)
  • Down a Dark Road (Kate Burkholder, #9)
  • A Gathering of Secrets (Kate Burkholder, #10)
  • Shamed (Kate Burkholder, #11)

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