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Gone Missing by Linda Castillo

Kate Burkholder has to be unique in the world of thrillers. She’s a chief of police (not all that unusual) but she’s also former Amish and that does make her unusual. Kate’s back in Linda Castillo’s third novel Gone Missing.

Rumspringa is the time when Amish teens supposedly get to experience life without consequence and brush aside all of the strict rules they are accustomed to. However, everything has consequences and some Amish teens learn the hard way that every thing has a pay day.

For one young girl, rumspringa ends in her death. When another Amish teenager goes missing, Kate is called in to investigate. As she delves deeper into the case, she discovers that over the past few years, a number of Amish teens have gone missing without a trace. She has to determine if there is a connection between the disappearances. Is someone targeting Amish teenagers who have gone over to the wild side during rumspringa?

Kate’s love interest John Tomasetti is back to help Kate in the investigation of the missing teens even as Kate searches for a killer in her small community. At the same time, they discover links to cold cases that go back for years.

Part of the fun of this series is seeing the development of Kate as a character. Her Amish upbringing sets her apart from her fellow townspeople and the fact she’s been excommunicated sets her apart from her family. When a crime occurs in the Amish community, Kate is uniquely qualified to act as liaison between the Amish and police officials.

I read this book in one setting and found myself pleasantly surprised to who the actual perp was. It’s nice to occasionally be surprised. This book was satisfying on all fronts: lots of action, strong character development, and solid plotting. You won’t want to put it down once you’ve started reading it.


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