New Release Review: Among the Wicked by Linda Castillo

  1. among the wickedNew Release Review: Among the Wicked
    Release Date: July 12, 2016
    Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Amish
    Book 8 in Kate Burkholder series
    Book provided by: NetGalley and the publisher

    Synopsis from Goodreads:
    Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called upon by the sheriff’s department in rural, upstate New York to assist on a developing situation that involves a reclusive Amish settlement and the death of a young girl. Unable to penetrate the wall of silence between the Amish and “English” communities, the sheriff asks Kate to travel to New York, pose as an Amish woman, and infiltrate the community.Kate’s long time love interest, State Agent John Tomasetti, is dead set against her taking on such an unorthodox assignment, knowing she’ll have limited communication – and even less in the way of backup. But Kate can’t turn her back, especially when the rumor mill boils with disturbing accounts of children in danger. She travels to New York where she’s briefed and assumes her new identity as a lone widow seeking a new life.Kate infiltrates the community and goes deep under cover. In the coming days, she unearths a world built on secrets, a series of shocking crimes, and herself, alone… trapped in a fight for her life.

AH’s Review

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:

  1. Sworn to Silence
  2. Pray for Silence
  3. Breaking Silence
  4. Gone Missing
  5. Her Last Breath
  6. The Dead Will Tell
  7. After the Storm
  8. Among the Wicked

AH’s Rating: 4 Stars

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a review copy of this book.

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