When a young girl is found dead in a rural Amish community in upstate New York, the state Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI) in conjunction with the county sheriff reaches out to Painter’s Mill Police Chief Kate Burkholder for help in infiltrating the community. It’s a strongly orthodox sect that has little to no interaction with the “Englishers” within their town and are becoming more and more isolated. Kate’s unique background positions her perfectly to get the answers eluding law enforcement from investigating the murder and other issues of concern.
Kate going undercover as an Amish widow in a strange community and virtually no backup…what could go wrong? She’s living in a squalid trailer with no heat and two guns and a cell phone as her protection. It doesn’t take long for Kate to get in the crosshairs of Bishop Eli Shrock, the self appointed leader of the sect. While she does a really good job of immersing herself back into being Amish, her nosiness and questioning made her stand out too much. I could see danger everywhere and she always seemed exposed and at risk.
If you were reading this book without having read the others in the series, it would probably be exciting and fresh. As I’ve mentioned in the past, the continued pattern of putting Kate in life threatening positions of her own doing is getting stale and unrealistic. I liked the story and didn’t love it for that reason. That said, it became a big issue for boyfriend Agent John Tomasetti and hopefully the honest conversation they had about this very issue will put an end to this stuff. Regarding the case, I’d figured out early on most of the evil happening in that community, including the surprise twist. That didn’t detract from me enjoying the investigation because the missing details were important. Here’s hoping that Tomasetti’s (and my) concerns change these stories going forward. No matter, the narrator’s storytelling skills and overall performance still make these books pretty compelling.
- Release Date: July 12, 2017
- Series: Kate Burkholder #8
- Narrator: Kathleen McInerney
- Audio Length: 9 hours, 30 minutes
- Publisher: Macmillan Audio