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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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Tags:mystery, thriller, fiction, Ohio, crime

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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 |
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 | 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 |
Kate Burkholder is the Chief of Police of the fictional town of Painters Mill, located in the very real Holmes County, Ohio. She was raised Amish but left the community as a young adult. After some twists and turns, she is now back among the people and family with whom she was raised, though not a part of them. Her relationship provides an interesting subtext that ties all of the books together.

John Tomasetti, also involved in law enforcement as a State Agent, has become more than a friend since he and Kate worked together on a murder case a little over a year ago. Having both experienced tragedy and facing it often in their careers, Kate and John make a good team, both on and off the job. It still surprises Kate when John requests that she join the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI) in Cleveland as a consultant on his latest case where a young Amish girl has gone missing following Rumspringa. She has hardly begun her investigation before she learns that this disappearance is the third and latest to occur over the course of a year. The possibility that the girls had decided to leave the Amish world for that of the English, with its freedoms and temptations, has to be entertained. Yet it's unlikely that any of the girls, let alone all of them, would leave their community and family so abruptly.

Gone Missing is an excellent police detective story containing suspense that’s gritty and unexpected. This novel isn’t for the faint of heart, where some of the realism will make your skin crawl. Linda Castillo very aptly leads the reader down the path of shock and surprise. This is my favorite of the four books I've read in this series and it left me wanting more. This is a series I will definitely keep reading. I've listened to all of them, narrated by Kathleen McInerney, who I think does a wonderful job. ( )
  Olivermagnus | Jan 17, 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.
Rebecca had always known her life would end in tragedy. (prologue)
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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