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Gone Missing

(Kate Burkholder #4)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  12,679 ratings  ·  1,249 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
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Published June 19th 2012 by Minotaur Books (first published 2011)
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Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: us-rural-crime
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
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.
"...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
Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Angela DeSilva
This is definitely one of my favorite series. Full of suspense and hard to guess killers. Highly recommended!
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
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
Oct 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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 ...more
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
Sean Peters
Aug 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sep-15
Loved this 4th book in her Kate Burkholder series!
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now I need the next one
Maureen DeLuca
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
4.0 Stars

This is yet another gripping novel in the Kate Burkholder series. The setup of the mystery and investigation are slightly different than in the previous books, which helps to keep the series fresh. The author is so skilled at writing well-constructed mysteries, which continue to delight and surprise readers. I can't stop recommending this series!
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
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
another satisfying story in this Amish murder series!
A missing child is a nightmare to all parents, and never more so than in the Amish community, where family ties run deep. When the search for the presumed runaway turns up a dead body, the case quickly becomes a murder investigation. And chief of Police Kate Burkholder knows that in order to solve this case she will have to call upon everything she has to give not only as a cop, but as a woman whose own Amish roots run deep.

After reading the last book in this series I almost gave up on it.
Paul Pessolano
May 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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
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
D.B. Reynolds
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
May 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
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
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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 12 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)
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