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Linda Castillo
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6 Dec 2012 Kate Burkholder 4

When an Amish teenager disappears, it’s only the beginning . . .

‘Becca slogged through a deep drift and stumbled toward the front of the shanty. A padlock hung from the hasp, but it wasn’t engaged. Shaking with cold, she shoved open the door. The interior was dark and hushed. The air smelled of kerosene and fish. Out of the wind, it was so quiet she could hear the ice creaking beneath her feet.

Her breath puffing out in clouds of white vapour, she pulled out the candle and matches she’d brought from home and lit the wick. The light revealed a small interior with plywood walls and a shelf covered with fish blood and a smattering of silver scales. A lantern sat on the shelf. A coil of rope hung on the wall . . .’

Three teenagers have vanished from Ohio’s Amish country. The only thing they have in common, other than their religion, is they are keen to leave the Plain Life. Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called in to consult by Agent John Tomasetti as her Amish roots will be invaluable in an investigation involving this sectarian society.

They travel to the small town of Monongahela Falls to investigate the latest disappearance – that of seventeen-year-old Annie King. The only evidence left behind is a satchel – and a pool of blood. The case moves closer to home for Kate when a young relative, Sadie Miller, vanishes. With her own past resonating, Kate delves into the lives of the missing teens. Soon, a sinister pattern emerges along with a vital clue that changes everything. While following up on a lead, Kate makes an appalling discovery and unearths a secret no one could have imagined—thrusting her into a fight to the death with a merciless killer.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (6 Dec 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1447202155
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447202158
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 278,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Think the movie Witness and add just a touch of the Coen brothers’ Fargo and you have the feel for this brilliant, nail-biting thriller . . .’ Daily Mail --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Linda Castillo is the winner of numerous industry awards including the Daphne du Maurier and the prestigious Rita. Gone Missing is her fourth crime novel in the series set in an Ohio Amish community featuring Police Chief Kate Burkholder. Linda lives with her husband in Texas and numerous animals including two Appaloosa horses.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Amish goodie 25 Jun 2012
By Elaine Simpson-long TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Gone Missing by Linda Castillo is the fourth in the series featuring Kate Burkholder, Chief of Police and ex-member of the Amish community. Teenagers are going missing and the only thing they have in common, apart from their religion, is their keenness to leave the Plain Life behind. Kate is called in to advise on another case with the same MO a little further afield and meets up once again with Agent John Tomasetti with whom she has been having a relationship. Good to see its progress alongside the main story line.

Not sure how much longer this author can keep featuring murderous Amish brethren, seem to be a lot of them about, but I really enjoy these books. Narrative fast moving, extremely well written and lots of tension. Always an explosive tense finale, this is no different, and a final cliff hanging ending which made me blink. Great stuff.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Running out of steam 29 April 2013
By Ray T
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I have enjoyed the Kate Burkholder books but regrettably think that it may be time to call a halt. The characters were poorly developed and not really believable in this episode,and once the book was finished all too soon forgotten.
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3.0 out of 5 stars gone missing 22 Mar 2013
By soopy
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I read and enjoyed the first 3 of these and was really looking forward to number 4, I was very disappointed,it just didnt come together,I got it on kindle and havent even finished it
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4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric and full of suspense 12 April 2013
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Another in this excellent series of books set in the Amish community. Once you have accepted the high rate of murder in such a small, peace loving religious group, all the books are well written and full of action. They centre around Kate who is Chief of Police and who was brought up as Amish - using Kate as the main character allows the author to provide a variety of views about the themes in the novels.

In this story Kate and her lover John investigate a series of disappearances of teenagers from the Amish community. This offers the opportunity for the author to talk about the decisions which are made by young people to join the lifestyle as an adult and what that might mean to them. Kate's expertise within the community help her to find out what is happening but result in her own life being in danger. This is a fast paced novel with lots to think about and some clever twists. It loses one star, however, because the ending was so compacted that we never really appreciated the scale of or the motivation for what was going on; I felt a bit cheated by the speed of the ending.

This is well worth a read as it is an enjoyable and, at times, thoughtful novel with plenty of action. This is a series which is improving with each novel and repays reading from the beginning.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay but very similar to her other books 22 Sep 2013
By nicnac
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Very repetitive theme and similar storyline to other books. I would only recommend buying this if it was on offer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 6 Sep 2013
By Relic
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After reading the first three books and loving them, I found this book a real disappointment, this book just dragged on and the style of writing had changed from the previous ones, could not wait to finish this book but for all the wrong reasons.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant! 2 May 2013
This is the first book I have read by Linda Castillo. I saw it on the supermarket shelf whilst doing my shopping. I am so glad I did, as it is seriously good.

The book draws you in from the onset, where a young Amish girl called Becca tells us a bit about her childhood and family. All too soon we read of her tragic suicide.

The book then goes to Amish born Kate Burkholder, who is the Chief of Police in Painters Mill. Although brought up as Amish, as she got older, the English, city way of life appealed to her and that was the life she followed. Subsequently having left the plain life, Kate was excommunicated.

Being ex-Amish and fluent in Pennsylvania Dutch, means that Kate is an extremely useful member of the Police Force and in assisting the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation. There is a huge divide between the English and Amish communities and Kate's expertise and background goes a long way in bridging the gap. She is invited to consult on a case of Amish missing persons - teenagers that have gone missing, working with John Tomasetti with whom she has worked with previously.

The book is full of suspense and intrigue as the investigation into the 3 missing Amish teenagers progresses. There is a good insight into the Amish way of life and how difficult it is to penetrate into their world, to get them to open up and talk.

To tell you about the ins and outs of the story will most surely spoil the book for you, but be assured it is fast moving and very descriptive. The ending is one huge surprise!

It is like a Stephen King book and is just brilliant, I could not put it down. It would make an excellent movie for the large screen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kept me hooked. 28 Sep 2014
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Another cracking read with Kate Burkholder as the central character. She is chief of police in a small community and yet there seems to be a rather high concentration of murderers! That said, I don't share the views of some that this book is less good than previous ones in this series; it kept me completely hooked. I thought it was a nice change to move the action elsewhere as Kate acts as an Amish consultant to help Agent Tomasetti with a case, but then the action returns to Painters Mill. It would be nice in a future book to see John Tomasetti demonstrate how good he is at his job?

Thoroughly recommended.
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Another great book by Linda Castillo. I love the Kate Burkholder series; the Amish angle makes them quite unique; it's not something I've come across in a book of this type before... Read more
Published 1 month ago by YOLANDA
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable easy read
Easy to read, tense but enjoyable. I find the author tends to repeat a lot of information in her books which is more than tedious by the 4th book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gone Missing (Kate Burkholder 4)
As always I was hooked from the first word. Yes, the writing style is not the best, and yes the author spends too much time pointing back to previous books, but it is still a good... Read more
Published 3 months ago by iCat
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I have to kep putting it down as I am getting rather wrapped up in the action. Not finished reading it yet but would defo reco, hope the denumon is as good the plot so far.
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5.0 out of 5 stars book four
Just finished this one, after reading all of the previous books one after the other. I can't get enough, quite addicted to them. Now reading book five . Brilliant writer.
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