Two years ago, a young Amish family was destroyed when
Joseph King was arrested for murdering his wife, Naomi,
while his five children slept down the hall. Tried and
convicted, he's spent the past year in prison for a crime
he vehemently claims he did not commit. Now, Joseph King
has escaped and it's feared he will come for his children, aged five to
live with their aunt and uncle near Painters Mill, Ohio, where Kate
Burkholder is Chief
of Police. Kate knows Joseph personally from having grown up with
him, since the
Burkholder farm was next to the King farm.
When Joseph ambushes Kate and takes her hostage along with
his children in their uncle's house, it becomes imperative
for Kate to handle the dangerous situation in a manner that
keeps them all alive. Admitting to Kate that he has a
temper and was a drunken drug abuser, Joseph denies he ever
struck his wife. And he emphatically swears he did not kill
Having heard those words from criminals before and not
believing them, there's something in Joseph's eyes that
make Kate listen. Could there be some truth to his words?
Then actions beyond her control provide Kate the impetus to
search for the truth, because if Joseph didn't kill Naomi,
her murderer is still out there. What Kate uncovers will
rock several close-knit communities in the area to the very core of
DOWN A DARK ROAD by Linda Castillo continues her
exceptional Kate Burkholder series with another smartly
formulated police procedural set in the Amish communities
around Painters Mill, Ohio. The gripping premise, fast-paced
narrative and, vivid
characters kept me enthralled beginning to end. Castillo meticulously
intricate and riveting plot with suspense and mystery expertly
interlaced, then delivers
a chilling conclusion.
I've been reading (and loving!) this series from the first
book and am always extremely satisfied with the experience.
Fans of this series should definitely include DOWN A DARK
ROAD on their not-to-be-missed reading list.
In this electrifying new thriller in the New York Times
bestselling series, a convicted murderer is on the run and
Chief of Police Kate Burkholder must catch him before he
Two years ago, Joseph King was convicted of murdering his
wife and sentenced to life in prison. Now King, a “fallen”
Amish man known as a drug user with a violent temper, has
escaped, and he’s headed for Painters Mill.
News of a murderer on the loose travels like wildfire,
putting Chief of Police Kate Burkholder and her team of
officers on edge. But this is personal for Kate. She grew
up with Joseph King. As a thirteen year old Amish girl,
she’d worshipped the ground he walked on. She never could
have imagined the nightmare scenario that becomes reality
when King shows up with a gun and takes his five children
hostage at their Amish uncle’s farm. Armed and desperate,
he has nothing left to lose.
Fearing for the safety of the children, Kate makes contact
with King only to find herself trapped with a killer. Or
is he? All King asks of her is to help him prove his
innocence—and he releases her unharmed. Kate is skeptical,
but when the facts and the evidence don’t align, she
begins to wonder who she should trust. Spurned by some of
her fellow cops, she embarks on her own investigation only
to unearth an unspeakable secret—and someone who is
willing to commit murder to keep it buried.