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Her Last Breath (Kate Burkholder Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

Linda Castillo
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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A rainy night, a father returning home with his three children, a speeding car hurtling toward them out of nowhere.

What at first seems like a tragic, but routine, car accident suddenly takes on a more sinister cast as evidence emerges that nothing about the crash is accidental.

But who would want to kill an Amish deacon and his children? He leaves behind a grieving widow and a young boy who clings to life in the intensive-care wing of a hospital, unable to communicate. He may be the only one who knows what happened that night.

Desperate to find out who killed her best friend’s husband and why, Kate Burkholder begins to suspect she is not looking for a reckless drunk, but instead is on the trail of a coldblooded killer. It is a search that takes her on a chilling journey into the darkest reaches of the human psyche and strikes at the heart of everything she has ever believed about the Amish culture into which she was born.


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    ‘Continues to explore the Amish way of life with a fast-paced mystery' Kirkus!

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    A rainy night, a father returning home with his three children, a speeding car hurtling toward them out of nowhere. What at first seems like a tragic, but routine, car accident suddenly takes on a more sinister cast as evidence emerges that nothing about the crash is accidental. But who would want to kill an Amish deacon and his children? He leaves behind a grieving widow and a young boy who clings to life in the intensive-care wing of a hospital, unable to communicate. He may be the only one who knows what happened that night. Desperate to find out who killed her best friend’s husband and why, Kate Burkholder begins to suspect she is not looking for a reckless drunk, but instead is on the trail of a coldblooded killer. It is a search that takes her on a chilling journey into the darkest reaches of the human psyche and strikes at the heart of everything she has ever believed about the Amish culture into which she was born.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 769 KB
    • Print Length: 321 pages
    • Publisher: Pan; Main Market Ed. edition (20 Jun. 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00BUOA5E6
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,308 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Story 24 Jun. 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Kate Burkholder series
    * Sworn to Silence, Minotaur Books, 2009
    * Pray for Silence, Minotaur Books, 2010
    * Breaking Silence, Minotaur Books, 2011
    * Gone Missing, Minotaur Books, 2012
    * Her Last Breath, Minotaur Books, 2013
    I have been following this series since book 1 and I think that this is the best one yet. While this book can be read as a standalone, I DO recommend that you eventually read the others, just to fill in some of the blanks you may encounter. Ms Castillo is such a wonderful author and understands the importance of back-story so well that you will have no problems understanding who is who and what is what in this series.

    This book starts out with a horrific buggy crash - a car or truck coming out of nowhere plows into a buggy carrying most of an Amish family (three children and the father) all but one die at the scene. The author paints such a vivid word picture that I found myself getting sick to my stomach during some parts of this scene. This was a horrific hit-and-run accident...or was it really?

    Along with this story, there is a second story going on that deals with Kate's childhood, a murder that occurred when Kate was 14 and some of the reasons she may have left the Amish faith. Her lover, John Tomasetti becomes more involved in this secondary plot and that may not bode well for them as a couple in coming books, but I have faith in Ms. Castillo's vision for this series.

    This exceptional mystery had me guessing right until the last. I think my jaw actually dropped open and hit my chest when things were eventually revealed and circumstances are played out.
    The characters each have their own voice, are multi-dimensional (even tertiary characters) and complex.
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    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Her Last Breath? - I don't hope so, because... 23 Jun. 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition
    ... since her first book about Chief Kate Burkholder I am really a big fan of Linda Castillo. But yet in the 4.th book Gone Missing (Kate Burkholder 4) I missed something... I couldn't put my finger on it...
    The Amish "magic" had lost a bit its spell - so I hoped for something better this time. But the outstanding qualities of the first books are fading a bit out...
    OK, later more to this.

    One rainy night, an Amish deacon with his three children is driving his buggy home from an appointment at the local clinic. All the children are suffering from a - in normal circumstances very rare - but in Amish communities more often found, genetic illness. They have special needs. From the right comes a car at very high speed and bangs the horse, the buggy and its passenger into oblivion. Paul Borntrager and two of his children remain dead on the tarmac. David, the eldest son, is speeded to the hospital for an emergency operation.
    What at first seems like a tragic, but routine car/buggy accident was a coldly planned and executed killing, as the emerging evidence is showing. But who would want to kill an Amish deacon his children? Someone obviously did!

    Kate is Chief of Police of Painters Mill where she grew up Amish, but has left the faith, so many people she once knew well avoid her now. The most interesting about those books was always the view into a life that not too many people can understand - the Amish Way. Now this sinister "non-accident" involves Kate's best childhood girlfriend, Mattie. Who is griefing and keeps herself upright only with the help of other Amish women - who almost all hate Kate, who "will burn in hell"!
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It !!! 6 Sept. 2013
    By Relic
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    After the disappointment of her last book in this series, I was wary about buying another but it this was unfounded, back to her usual brilliant self. This book engages you from page one, right through to the very last page. A brilliant and gripping read with an unexpected ending !!
    Recommended
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    By Sharon
    Format:Paperback
    When Kate Burkenholder is called to a traffic accident, the last thing she expects is for it to bring her back to her past as it involves the family of her childhood friend Mattie who she's not seen since she left the Amish community.

    Mattie's husband Paul had been driving their horse and buggy when he was run off the road by a hit and run drive which killed him and two of his children but a third child miraculously survives. But the more that Kate and her police force look into the crash, the more it's looking likely that this was no accident. But why would someone want to kill them?

    In this book we also see Kate struggling with the developments in her relationship with fellow law officer John Tomasetti, as well as her having to deal with evidence from a horrific event in her past that threatens her whole livelihood.

    Despite Her Last Breath being the fifth book in the Kate Burkholder series from Linda Castillo, it can be read on its own as I've not read the other books beforehand. But saying that there were a few mentions to an event which I assume was in a previous book so it certainly wouldn't hurt to read them first to know what it was about.

    I loved this book from start to finish and if I hadn't had to go out to work, I'm sure I would have devoured it in one sitting. And although I had partially figured out the ending this was not till almost at the end so was suspenseful until that time, and even then I didn't get it completely right!

    I think one of the reasons I enjoyed this book so much, and will enjoy the rest of the books in the series as I've now bought the previous four of them, is because I have had a fascination with the Amish community ever since I saw a documentary on them once. I can't believe they manage to exist without the modern day technology that we all take for granted!
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    4.0 out of 5 stars I love this series of books by Linda Castillo.
    Katie Burkholder is Painters Mill's chief of police and, is investigating a hit and run accident that killed a father and two of the three children that were travelling with him. Read more
    Published 23 days ago by YOLANDA
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    Love all of Linda Castillo ( Kate Burkholder) have read all 5 .
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant story line
    Unusual for me (a mere male) to read a female author but this is the second LC book I've read and her first novel opened up a whole new bookshelf for me.
    Published 3 months ago by Bruce Tucker
    5.0 out of 5 stars Her last breath
    Will it or won't but you have to wait till the more or less to find out. Again Linda Castillo keeps you guessing. A good book well worth a read.
    Published 4 months ago by Ms JS Hilton-Thomas
    3.0 out of 5 stars Her last breath
    Very good did not know who had done
    it nor how it was going to end well done will read more
    Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Love this series of books. Very good read
    Published 4 months ago by jenni
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
    Well written; different than most other crime novels bit of a "page turner".
    Published 4 months ago by Jim W.-
    4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down...again(!)
    Love the Burkholder stories, this one is great, you get another glimpse at Kate's past.
    Published 6 months ago by Stacey McDonald
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Lovely easy read I couldn't wait to pick up each day
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