In Painters Mill, Ohio, an entire Amish family is brutally
tortured and murder. A shocked community cannot come to
terms that one of their own is capable of such evil. As
Police Chief Kate Burkholder investigates, she discovers
the key to the killings is Mary, the oldest daughter, who
was leading a double life. The deeper Kate probes the
crime, the more parallels emerge between Kate and Mary.
Kate could not accept the Amish way of life and left to
pursue her own dreams. The resemblance of their lives
drives Kate to pursue the killers and bring them to
Kate calls John Tomasetti, a member of the Ohio Bureau of
Criminal Apprehension, to help her. They have a tentative
relationship that is complicated by the baggage each
carries. John and Kate look for suspects knowing that the
killer or killers are evil psychopaths who, having tasted
blood, will continue murdering.
Ms. Castillo has produced a riveting psychological thriller
that is not for the faint of heart. She excels at reaching
into the characters' soul as they rage against the
cruelties, emotional and physical, that people can afflict
on one another. The second in the Burkholder/Tomasetti
series proves flawless in prose and plot.
New York Times bestselling author Linda Castillo
delivers an electrifying thriller in which Chief of Police
Kate Burkholder must confront a dark evil to solve the
mysterious murders of an entire Amish family.
Plank family moved from Lancaster, Pennsylvania,
to join the small Amish community of Painters Mill less than
a year ago and seemed the model of the Plain Lifeâ€”until on a
cold October night, the entire family of seven was found
slaughtered on their farm. Police Chief Kate
Burkholder and her small force have few clues, no motive,
and no suspect. Formerly Amish herself, Kate is no
stranger to the secrets the Amish keep from the Englishâ€”and
each otherâ€”but this crime is horribly out of the
State agent John Tomasetti arrives on the
scene to assist. He and Kate worked together on a previous
case during which they began a volatile relationship. They
soon realize the disturbing details of this case will test
their emotional limits and force them to face demons from
their own troubled pastsâ€”and for Kate, a personal connection
that is particularly hard to bear.
When she discovers
a diary that belonged to one of the teenaged daughters, Kate
is shocked to learn the girl kept some very dark secrets and
may have been living a lurid double life. Who is the
charismatic stranger who stole the young Amish girlâ€™s heart?
Could the brotherâ€”a man with a violent past, rejected and
shunned by his family and the Amish community, have come to
seek out revenge? As Kateâ€™s outrage grows so does her
resolve to find the killer and bring him to justiceâ€”even if
it means putting herself in the line of fire.
her own bestselling debut, Linda Castillo once again
immerses us in the world of the Amish with a chilling story
that is both a fast-paced thriller and intriguing