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Gone Missing: A Thriller (Kate Burkholder) (edition 2012)

by Linda Castillo

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Title:Gone Missing: A Thriller (Kate Burkholder)
Authors:Linda Castillo
Info:Minotaur Books (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 288 pages
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Rating:****
Tags:mystery, thriller, fiction, Ohio, crime

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Gone Missing
4 Stars

A series of disappearances of Amish teenagers leads state agent John Tomasetti to request the expertise of Painter’s Mill Chief of Police Kate Burkholder. As the two investigate, it becomes clear that dark secrets exist in any community as does the willingness to kill.

The investigation into the missing teens is absorbing with numerous twists and turns as well as several promising red herrings. Nevertheless, there are insufficient clues to figure out who is responsible and too many unresolved loose ends. Moreover, the idea of rebellious Amish teenagers is somewhat far fetched and having so many in such a small area feels forced.

As with the previous installments, it is the characterization that grabs the reader. From the young Amish girl in the prologue with her heartbreaking story of betrayal to the elderly couple grieving for the loss of their child to Kate and Tomasetti whose relationship is one of the best aspects of the books.

Speaking of them, Kate is finally coming to realize the extent of her feelings for John, but questions whether he is as emotionally involved as she is or whether he is still mourning his wife. The fact that the perspective is limited to Kate’s and we are not privy to John’s thoughts (unlike in the previous books) only reinforces the tension in this regard.

In sum, although the mystery is one of the weaker in the series, Castillo’s insight into Amish culture and her skillful way of making each and every character come to life makes this a worthy addition to the series. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
Now a well-worn grove, Kate Burkholder is drawn into a mystery that involves Amish folk and John Tomasetti helps, only this time the situation is reversed. Kate consults on a case of missing teens, teens who are dissatisfied with the Amish way of life. Kate's knowledge of how things work in this world is invaluable and John knows it. He also knows that he wants to spend more time with her and to develop the relationship but they're both hesitant.
I enjoyed the read, I found the ending quite shocking and interesting and wonder what's going to happen next. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Oct 28, 2016 |
Book Description Linda Castillo’s bestselling series has been called “gripping” [People] and “impossible to put down” [Bookpage] and the “teeth chattering suspense” [USA Today] continues with GONE MISSING—a deeply chilling novel about a rite of passage gone horribly wrong. Rumspringa is the time when Amish teens are allowed to experience life without the rules. It’s an exciting time of personal discovery and growth before committing to the church. But when a young teen disappears without a trace, the carefree fun comes to an abrupt and sinister end, and fear spreads through the community like a contagion. A missing child is a nightmare to all parents, and never more so than in the Amish community, where family ties run deep. When the search for the presumed runaway turns up a dead body, the case quickly becomes a murder investigation. And chief of Police Kate Burkholder knows that in order to solve this case she will have to call upon everything she has to give not only as a cop, but as a woman whose own Amish roots run deep. Kate and state agent, John Tomasetti, delve into the lives of the missing teen and discover links to cold cases that may go back years. But will Kate piece together all the parts of this sinister puzzle in time to save the missing teen and the Amish community from a devastating fate? Or will she find herself locked in a fight to the death with a merciless killer?

My Review This book was a very intense and riveting story - another winner from Linda Castillo. Her excellent writing and complex plots keeps the reader on edge until the last page. Kate grows from book to book and it's best to read the books in order and watch her growth. ( )
  EadieB | Jun 1, 2016 |
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Rumspringa is the time when Amish teens are allowed to experience life without the rules. It’s an exciting time of personal discovery and growth before committing to the church. But when a young teen disappears without a trace, the carefree fun comes to an abrupt and sinister end, and fear spreads through the community like a contagion.

A missing child is a nightmare to all parents, and never more so than in the Amish community, where family ties run deep. When the search for the presumed runaway turns up a dead body, the case quickly becomes a murder investigation. And chief of Police Kate Burkholder knows that in order to solve this case she will have to call upon everything she has to give not only as a cop, but as a woman whose own Amish roots run deep.

Kate and state agent, John Tomasetti, delve into the lives of the missing teen and discover links to cold cases that may go back years. But will Kate piece together all the parts of this sinister puzzle in time to save the missing teen and the Amish community from a devastating fate? Or will she find herself locked in a fight to the death with a merciless killer?

My Thoughts:

I started this series with book one and was instantly caught up in the characters and setting as well as the excellent writing and complex plots. Kate changes and grows from book to book. You know a book is a good thriller when it wraps you into its world, and that is just what Gone Missing will do. The story line is intense....the drama is fast-moving and the ending is totally unexpected. Just when you think it is solved there is always a big surprise. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
This time Kate helps John Tomasetti, instead of the other way around, though her own extended family is also involved. This plot felt a bit more far fetched than the previous books in several ways, but perhaps it works well for other readers who aren't as analytical as I am. I'm also not happy that the author left a possibility for one of the perpetrators to come back in a subsequent book. But none of this was so serious that it seriously detracted from the plot. ( )
  whymaggiemay | Apr 28, 2016 |
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I have been lucky enough to tour with several
of the books in the Kate Burkholder series
and I must say it has been one of the
highlights of my carrer.
I'd like to dedicate this book to the booksellers,
librarians, reviewers, readers, and bloggers
who have attended my events, bought the books,
written reviews, blogged about the books,
and written me to share your thoughts.
I very much appreciate
each and every one of you.
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Becca hatte schon als Kind gewusst, dass ihr Leben einmal tragisch enden würde.
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My mamm once told me that some places are too beautiful for anything bad to happen. (chapter one)
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Linda Castillo’s bestselling series has been called “gripping” [People] and “impossible to put down” [Bookpage] and the “teeth chattering suspense” [USA Today] continues with GONE MISSING—a deeply chilling novel about a rite of passage gone horribly wrong.

Rumspringa is the time when Amish teens are allowed to experience life without the rules. It’s an exciting time of personal discovery and growth before committing to the church. But when a young teen disappears without a trace, the carefree fun comes to an abrupt and sinister end, and fear spreads through the community like a contagion.

A missing child is a nightmare to all parents, and never more so than in the Amish community, where family ties run deep. When the search for the presumed runaway turns up a dead body, the case quickly becomes a murder investigation. And chief of Police Kate Burkholder knows that in order to solve this case she will have to call upon everything she has to give not only as a cop, but as a woman whose own Amish roots run deep.

Kate and state agent, John Tomasetti, delve into the lives of the missing teen and discover links to cold cases that may go back years. But will Kate piece together all the parts of this sinister puzzle in time to save the missing teen and the Amish community from a devastating fate? Or will she find herself locked in a fight to the death with a merciless killer?

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Investigating the disappearance of an Amish teenager, chief of police Kate Burkholder and state agent John Tomasetti stumble on a dead body at the same time another girl goes missing, and later discover sinister links to numerous cold cases.

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