Shamed

Shamed

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In this riveting new thriller in Linda Castillo's New York Times bestselling series, Kate Burkholder races against the clock to find a missing Amish girl. An Amish grandmother is murdered on an abandoned farm, her seven year old granddaughter abducted. Chief of Police Kate Burkholder plunges headlong into a case that quickly becomes a race against the clock. She knows the longer the girl is missing, the more likely a tragic outcome. The family of the missing girl is well thought of--a pillar of the Amish community. Their pain is palpable and they cooperate in every way, but Kate soon learns they're keeping secrets... The investigation takes Kate to an isolated Old Order Amish settlement along the river in southern Ohio. At first, the community seems upstanding and helpful. But when Kate starts asking questions, they stonewall her--and the situation soon becomes dangerous. What are they hiding and why? After an attempt on her life, Kate unearths a haunting and tragic secret that changes everything she thought she knew about the family for whom she is fighting, the Amish community as a whole--and everything she thought she knew about herself. Will she reach the girl in time to save her life?
Publisher: New York, New York : Minotaur Books, ©2019.
ISBN: 9781250142863
Characteristics: 294 pages ;,25 cm.

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ValinOR14
Aug 17, 2019

I'm 11 books in and Linda Castillo never fails me! This series is as strong as ever. As the hours count down you can feel the anxiety and tension as Kate struggles to find a kidnapped girl before it's too late. Each chapter of the book begins with the number of hours the child has been missing, which adds to that tension. This is another tale of mystery and intrigue with all the series regulars I have come to love, as well as the usual (and fascinating) insight into the Amish communities. I was very drawn in by the moral dilemma in this book and found myself pondering how something can seem so right and so wrong at the same time. Shamed can definitely be read as a standalone as the references to earlier cases are kept to a minimum. I highly recommend this book!

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EljayJohnson
Aug 13, 2019

#11 in the Kate Burkholder series and as satisfying as usual.

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KAREN S HARRIS
Jul 28, 2019

Great! Probably the best I've read of her books so far. Definitely deserved 5 stars

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maucarden
Jul 15, 2019

In a child abduction, every second counts. Think how far a car can go in just a few seconds. Think how long it takes before a kidnapping is reported or enough information is gathered to a preliminary make a report. Seconds count. Seconds that turn into minutes, hours; and then the days when family, friends and cops secretly begin to give up hope and just want a body to bring home. No one speaks those dark thoughts aloud.
In Shamed Kate Burkholder the Painter Mill’s police chief is called to an abandoned house where an Amish grandmother has been stabbed to death in what looks like a frenzied rage; a special needs granddaughter has been taken and another child left behind. The three went to the abandoned farm to pick walnuts, where they had been many times before with no reason to suspect the horror awaiting them
. The Amish are a closed society, only reluctantly accepting help from the “English”. Kate was raised Amish but left the religion as a young adult. The Amish have very mixed feelings about dealing with her, but the fact that she knows the lifestyle (lifestyles of the rich and famous it ain’t) and can speak the language sometimes goes a long way in alleviating the suspicion of dealing with the English.
This is a can’t-turn the- pages-fast-enough- mystery. It is also a straight-up thriller. There is very little of the personal with Kate or her state agent boyfriend John Tomasetti. Castillo provides a count down of the time for the reader, upping the tension.
As always the insight into the Amish community is fascinating. It truly is a harsh, closed society, but one that will do anything for a member of the community; except tell the truth when it might save a child’s life.
I’m taking a star away because there were a few mistakes that I found odd in the 11th book of a police procedural. Burkholder put blood evidence into a plastic bag instead of paper-that’s a forensics 101 mistake. Also the book referred to another character’s murder as happening either at night or in the morning. Kate was almost a witness so there should not have been any doubt. Also, I thought it was unclear whether or not Kate had shot another character.
Shamed is a terrific addition to the Burkholder series. A perfect reason to stay inside with the air conditioner and read.
Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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DLAK813
Apr 07, 2019

Library Staff: why is this book not ordered in print?

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