Once again, Linda Castillo hooked me in and I stayed up late to finish the second book in her series featuring Chief of Police Kate Burkholder. The first book in the series Sworn to Silence was released last year and I won it from goodreads.com. My review is here.
This time, the town of Painters Mill is horrified with the gruesome murders of an entire Amish family. The Plank family was violently murdered in their own home, which stuns everyone since they didn't have enemies and the Amish are pacificsts.
Kate calls John Tomasetti from the BCI, and her romantic interest, to help her and her very small staff out. With 8 murders and a staff of under 10, they are ill-equipped for a crime like this.
Almost immediately, Kate realizes that sweet beautiful 14 year old Mary, had many secrets, secrets that may have gotten her entire family killed. She seeks out a mystery man that Mary was in love with but whose name was never revealed by Mary.
Kate is thrown into an underground word of porn, snuff videos and hideous acts against women that return her to 17 years ago when she was raped by Daniel Lapp. With Tomasetti's help Kate vows to stop at nothing to find the killers.
Do they stop the killers before the killers strike again? Guess you will have to read to find out! ;)
I really like mystery/thrillers and this was really well-written. The whodunnit is not extremely obvious, you must do some thinking and the questions are not all fully resolved, something I also like, because really do all the secrets come out in real life? Nope. The relationship between Kate and Tomasetti strikes up again and they both continue to face demons that the other one understands and helps the other through. Definitely worth reading if you like a thriller, can handle some dark/gruesome details, and are intrigued by the Amish.
What books have you read about the Amish? Have you ever been to Amish country?
We have a lot of Amish by us and they sell incredible baskets, great cinnamon rolls/cookies and excellent furniture. They are just apart of life around here and it still cracks me up when a college roommate had never seen an Amish person/buggy before. And I had to explain, that yes the Amish sometimes like to go out for ice cream too!