This was my first foray into the Kate Burkholder world and I am sure that I will find the time to go back and read the previous books. I have never really read any kind of books about the Amish, so that aspect really intrigued me and kept my interest. I also loved that the book took place not far from where I live in areas that I may visit, which adds a touch of realism to a book of fiction.
First off, don’t let the fact that this is book 8 in a series put you off – especially you OCD types out there who absolutely must read books in order. Among the Wicked can be easily read as a standalone book without any loss of critical information. Actually, the fact that it was part of a series made me happy that I now have something to get back to at a later date.
I was quite fascinated with the Amish side of things. I’ve always wondered about their community and while this book does not purport to be a guide to the Amish, it did describe their simple way of life quite effectively. I loved the fact that Kate was raised Amish herself, but that she chose to life away from their community. I enjoyed how Kate was able to insert herself into the community and how she gained the trust of the women around her.
This book kept me glued to my seat. I think I devoured it over the course of 2 days. And what an unexpected twist – I never saw that coming.
My only criticism is that Kate spent a lot of time out in the cold walking, riding a scooter, and sometimes even without the requisite amount of warm clothing and foot covering. Winters can be bitterly cold and it amazed me that she never suffered from frostbite.
Fantastic Read. Highly recommended.
Here’s a list of the rest of the books in the series:
- Sworn to Silence
- Pray for Silence
- Breaking Silence
- Gone Missing
- Her Last Breath
- The Dead Will Tell
- After the Storm
- Among the Wicked
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a review copy of this book.
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