Outsider (Kate Burkholder #12)
Linda Castillo follows her instant New York Times bestseller, Shamed, with Outsider, an electrifying thriller about a woman on the run hiding among the Amish.Chief of Police Kate Burkholder's past comes back to haunt her when she receives a call from Amish widower Adam Lengacher. While enjoying a sleigh ride with his children, he discovered a car stuck in a snowdrift and an unconscious woman inside. Kate arrives at his farm and is shocked to discover the driver is a woman she hasn't seen in ten years: fellow cop Gina Colorosa.Ten years ago, Kate and Gina were best friends at the police academy, graduating together as rookies with the Columbus Division of Police. But the reunion takes an ominous turn when Kate learns Gina is wanted for killing an undercover officer. Gina claims she's innocent, that she was framed by corrupt officers who want her gone because she was about to turn them in for wrongdoing.Kate calls upon state agent John Tomasetti for help and with a blizzard bearing down, they delve into the incident. But no one wants to talk about what happened the night Gina allegedly gunned down a fellow cop. Even Tomasetti is stonewalled, his superior telling him in no uncertain terms to back off.With whisperings of corruption and the threat of rogue cops seeking revenge, Kate and Gina hunker down at Adam Lengacher's farm. As Kate gets closer to the truth, a killer lies in wait. When violence strikes, Kate must confront a reality that changes everything she thought she knew not only about friendship, but the institution to which she's devoted her life.

Outsider (Kate Burkholder #12) Details

TitleOutsider (Kate Burkholder #12)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 7th, 2020
PublisherMinotaur Books
ISBN-139781250142894
Rating
GenreMystery, Suspense, Fiction, Thriller, Amish

Outsider (Kate Burkholder #12) Review

  • Thomas
    January 1, 1970
    4 stars for book 12 in the Kate Burkholder series. This is another pulse pounding thriller that starts off with a bang. The prologue has cops doing a no knock raid on a woman who is prepared for an escape. She is shot, but manages to escape and head for her friend from the police academy, Kate Burkholder. This is not a mystery, since the bad guys are identified early on. Gina Colorosa is the fleeing woman. There are corrupt cops who want to kill her. She is a cop too, and they are afraid that sh 4 stars for book 12 in the Kate Burkholder series. This is another pulse pounding thriller that starts off with a bang. The prologue has cops doing a no knock raid on a woman who is prepared for an escape. She is shot, but manages to escape and head for her friend from the police academy, Kate Burkholder. This is not a mystery, since the bad guys are identified early on. Gina Colorosa is the fleeing woman. There are corrupt cops who want to kill her. She is a cop too, and they are afraid that she knows too much. Gina crashes her pickup in a blinding snowstorm. She is rescued by an Amish widower, Adam Lengacher. The book has some interesting insight into the life of an Amish farmer in rural Northeast Ohio.How this thriller is resolved makes for an entertaining read. I read it in 2 days. This series works better if read in order, as there are continuing plot lines. However, this book would be ok as a stand alone. I have read all the previous books in the series. My wife read this book before me. She says it's one of Castillo's best books.Two quotes:Winter in Northeast Ohio: "Dawn arrives cold and gray, with snow flurries and a north wind that hammers the house like a fist. It's not as bitterly cold today, and I'm desperately hoping the six inches of snow the weatherman predicted is an overestimation."Amish proverb: "Live your life with God's goodness and you'll never fear the past."Thank You Minotaur Books/St Martin's Press, Linda Castillo and NetGalley for sending me this eARC.
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  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    Linda Castillo’s Kate Burkholder series is another one that doesn’t disappoint. This book is the twelfth offering. Kate finds herself caught up in a potential corruption case out of Columbus. During a heavy snow storm, an Amish farmer finds a crashed car and close by, an unconscious woman. When the woman comes to, she asks for Kate by name. Turns out, she and Kate went through the police academy together and were close friends. But the friendship didn’t end on a good note and they haven’t seen e Linda Castillo’s Kate Burkholder series is another one that doesn’t disappoint. This book is the twelfth offering. Kate finds herself caught up in a potential corruption case out of Columbus. During a heavy snow storm, an Amish farmer finds a crashed car and close by, an unconscious woman. When the woman comes to, she asks for Kate by name. Turns out, she and Kate went through the police academy together and were close friends. But the friendship didn’t end on a good note and they haven’t seen each other in ten years. As always, this book is strong on character development. We learn even more about Kate’s first years after leaving her Amish home. Gina is an excellent secondary character and provides a great contrast to Kate. “Gina Colorosa is not a reflective person. She’s always lived her life by the seat of her pants, never anticipating the consequences, the past - and the future- be damned.”Throughout the series, Castillo has done a good job of giving a fair, unbiased look at the Amish. Here, we get an in-depth look as the snowstorm strands Kate and Gina at a farm. This book takes a while longer to get into a higher gear. But once it did, it delivered on both tension and suspense. My thanks to netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for an advance copy of this book.
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  • Diane S ☔
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 love Kate and the Amish setting, but this one had more elements of a thriller that I didn't like as much.Kate's past comes for her in a big way and brings danger to a widowed Amish man and his children. Loved little Sammy, he was the bright light in this story. A little more violent than the others in this series. The endless snow adds to the atmosphere, trapping people in place. As always loved the glimpses of the Amish way of life, the authentic feel, language and all. Getting a glimpse at 3.5 love Kate and the Amish setting, but this one had more elements of a thriller that I didn't like as much.Kate's past comes for her in a big way and brings danger to a widowed Amish man and his children. Loved little Sammy, he was the bright light in this story. A little more violent than the others in this series. The endless snow adds to the atmosphere, trapping people in place. As always loved the glimpses of the Amish way of life, the authentic feel, language and all. Getting a glimpse at Kate when she was just beginning her career was appreciated. Unfortunately the plot itself didn't appeal, but that's just a matter of reading taste.ARC from Netgalley
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  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsIn this 12th book in the 'Kate Burkholder' series, the Chief of Police learns about serious corruption in the Columbus, Ohio Police Department. The book can be read as a standalone.*****Police Chief Kate Burkholder grew up in an Amish community in Painter's Mill, Ohio but left as a teenager. Kate eventually wound up in Columbus, Ohio where she met Gina Colorosa. The two young women bonded instantly. They moved in together, attended the Police Academy together, and became Columbus cops t 3.5 starsIn this 12th book in the 'Kate Burkholder' series, the Chief of Police learns about serious corruption in the Columbus, Ohio Police Department. The book can be read as a standalone.*****Police Chief Kate Burkholder grew up in an Amish community in Painter's Mill, Ohio but left as a teenager. Kate eventually wound up in Columbus, Ohio where she met Gina Colorosa. The two young women bonded instantly. They moved in together, attended the Police Academy together, and became Columbus cops together. Gina was always a loose cannon, but Kate loved Gina like a sister and ignored her roguish behavior for years. Then Gina went too far and Kate packed up, moved out, and returned to Painter's Mill, where she became Police Chief.Kate and Gina haven't spoken for ten years when Gina crashes her truck on the icy roads of Painter's Mill.Gina is rescued by Amish widower Adam Lengacher who's out sledding with his three young children.Adam takes Gina to his house, administers first aid, and contacts Police Chief Burkholder.Kate makes her way to Adam's house just as a blizzard is roaring into Painter's Mill. Kate is shocked to find her former friend in a highly agitated state and bleeding from a bullet wound. The blizzard makes it impossible to take Gina to a hospital so Adam's Amish neighbor administers medical help.Meanwhile, Gina shamefully admits she was one of a group of bent cops in Columbus who shook down drug dealers, stole money from crime scenes, beat up suspects, and so on.According to Gina, her corrupt comrades went too far one night, and she was about to blow the whistle. Gina goes on to explain that, before she could turn them in, her former buddies framed her for murder, obtained a no-knock warrant, and planned to kill her during the arrest. Gina was ready for them though, and she escaped - getting shot in the process.Now Gina is in Painter's Mill, hoping Kate can help her.Kate repeats this shocking story to her boyfriend John Tomasetti, who's an investigator with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI).Both Kate and John think Gina is holding something back, but Tomasetti agrees to check things out. He learns that the BCI is aware of corruption in Columbus and is quietly investigating. Moreover, Gina can supply valuable information.....if the bad guys don't get her firstThe suspense ratchets up as blizzard conditions strand Gina and Kate in the Amish household while a couple of Columbus cops are on the hunt, determined to find Gina and shut her up....forever.It's interesting to learn more about Kate's early police career. I also liked the peeks into Amish culture, and the scenes where the Lengacher children care for a newborn calf that's been rejected by its mama. This is more of a thriller than a mystery, but there are some twists to keep things interesting. I enjoyed this addition to the Kate Burkholder series and recommended it to fans of thrillers.Thanks to Netgalley, the author (Linda Castillo), and the publisher (Minotaur Books) for a copy of the book.You can follow my reviews at https://reviewsbybarbsaffer.blogspot....
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  • Jean
    January 1, 1970
    It has often been said that opposites attract, and that certainly seems to be the case in Linda Castillo’s twelfth presentation of the Chief Kate Burkholder series, Outsider. After years of separation, Kate suddenly meets up with a blast from the past, her former roommate from her early days as a cop, Gina Colorosa. The two are as different as night and day, ying and yang, yet they were best friends when Kate was a new refugee from Amish life. It was Gina who put the bug in Kate’s ear to become It has often been said that opposites attract, and that certainly seems to be the case in Linda Castillo’s twelfth presentation of the Chief Kate Burkholder series, Outsider. After years of separation, Kate suddenly meets up with a blast from the past, her former roommate from her early days as a cop, Gina Colorosa. The two are as different as night and day, ying and yang, yet they were best friends when Kate was a new refugee from Amish life. It was Gina who put the bug in Kate’s ear to become a cop, and the two shared that experience for a while until Kate became increasingly disturbed by Gina’s increasingly, let’s say, “questionable,” behavior. She left Columbus for Painter’s Mill, where she now serves as police chief.Imagine her surprise when she gets a call to go to the home of her old childhood friend, Adam Lengacher, a widower with three children, about a woman whom he has rescued from a ditch during a massive snowstorm, and the injured driver turns out to be her estranged pal, Gina. Colorosa’s story unfolds in bits and pieces. Kate suspects she is holding back, but the first order of business is treating her gunshot wound. Then she must keep her safe while trying to get as much of the truth as she can, which is no small task.With her lover, John Tomasetti, doing his best to get the BCI involved, Kate wrestles with her duty to turn in her fugitive friend. How much does she trust her, knowing her past? This was her best friend whom she loved like a sister, but she’s a wanted criminal. How far will Kate go to protect her?The flip side of this is that Colorosa is only one piece of a larger pattern of corruption in the Columbus Police Department. The BCI and FBI have bigger fish to fry. Colorosa has gotten herself caught up with some bad actors, and now she wants out. The problem is, she knows too much. She is a threat. The reports of police abuse seemed all too real, since these past two weeks have been fraught with protests and riots following the death of George Floyd, just blocks from where I used to live in Minneapolis. Police behavior, now under a microscope, continues to be all-too racist, unnecessarily violent at times, and unequally adjudicated in the justice system. In this case, the cop becomes a victim, and she is not wholly innocent. But what is the truth? Kate is never quite certain. Is she being played?As she is snowed in at the farm with Adam and his family, waiting with Gina for the weather to clear and for Tomasetti to arrive with news of the next steps, Kate feels twinges of nostalgia for the life she left behind. Gina sees, too, for the first time, what Kate’s life as an Amish child must have been like. It provides some relief from the tension; Kate and Gina both know that someone wants Kate arrested, if not killed. Can they possibly find her at an Amish farmhouse? Castillo is an expert at building the tension and mood with the snow, the lack of access and communication, and other unknowns. She has cast doubt upon Gina’s character and her motivations. It all adds up to an exciting, nerve-jangling climax.This is a story about “opposites” and how they co-exist. Amish and “English”. Unethical cops and those who seek to police honorably. One person who is impulsive and reckless; one who is careful and more guarded. I love how Kate reflects upon her Amish past, accepts the decisions she has made, yet still respects those in the Amish community. I also liked how Gina came to feel about the Lengacher family. She did seem to soften around the edges somewhat. As usual, Castillo portrays the Amish family realistically, with respect. Outsider seemed like a heavier, more serious read than some of the others in the Burkholder series, but I liked the Colorosa character and the complexities of her relationship with Kate. It gave yet another look at Burkholder’s past. Now, if we can just move forward with that relationship with Tomasetti....Thanks to NetGalley, Minotaur Books, and the author for this ARC in exchange for my unbiased review.4.5 stars rounded to 5
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  • Tina
    January 1, 1970
    This is the 12th book of the Kate Burkholder series. This book is a mystery suspense book. This book had so much action and turns in it. The main character of this series is Kate Burkholder who is a cop, but she was raise Amish and left her home when she was a young woman. Now, she works as a cop near where she grow up. In this book her past in throw at her face when the woman (Gina) that took her in after she left her Amish home is in trouble and comes to find her. Gina also brings troubles wit This is the 12th book of the Kate Burkholder series. This book is a mystery suspense book. This book had so much action and turns in it. The main character of this series is Kate Burkholder who is a cop, but she was raise Amish and left her home when she was a young woman. Now, she works as a cop near where she grow up. In this book her past in throw at her face when the woman (Gina) that took her in after she left her Amish home is in trouble and comes to find her. Gina also brings troubles with her that puts Kate and an Amish man and his family in danger. This book has a lot of Kate remembering her past, and I really love the fact we are finding more out about her past. The ending kept you wanting to read and gets you heart going. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher or author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is schedule to be release on July 7-2020.
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  • DeAnn
    January 1, 1970
    5 Tell me the Backstory starsIf you ever wondered how Kate Burkholder became a police officer, this is the book with all the answers. There's lots of Amish life and a tense plot in this one too.Full review to come closer to pub date in July 2020
  • Maureen
    January 1, 1970
    This is the 12th book in the Kate Burkholder series and I've read each one and eagerly anticipated this one.Kate, Chief of Police in small town Painter's Mill, receives a call from Amish widower Adam Lengacher. In the midst of a blinding snowstorm, he was out sleighing with his 3 children when he comes across a car crash, and an injured woman, Gina Colorosa, who has a gunshot wound in her shoulder. Gina is a cop and a friend of Kate's, having graduated with her from the police academy in nearby This is the 12th book in the Kate Burkholder series and I've read each one and eagerly anticipated this one.Kate, Chief of Police in small town Painter's Mill, receives a call from Amish widower Adam Lengacher. In the midst of a blinding snowstorm, he was out sleighing with his 3 children when he comes across a car crash, and an injured woman, Gina Colorosa, who has a gunshot wound in her shoulder. Gina is a cop and a friend of Kate's, having graduated with her from the police academy in nearby Columbus.Gina is on the run from two corrupt police officers, who accused her of killing an undercover officer. Kate rushes to Adam's farm, where Gina is hiding. Can Kate trust Gina? Was Gina wrongly accused?Included in this book was more backstory on Kate's life growing up Amish before she left to become a police officer. I suggest if you have not read previous books, to start with the earlier ones.I really enjoyed this book and recommend it.Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advance review copy.
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  • Susanne Strong
    January 1, 1970
    You Can Run. When a no knock raid is carried out at Gina Colorossa’s home, she is lucky to escape with her life. On the run, she can only think of one place to hide: Painters Mill. Home of her former best friend Kate Burkholder, now the Chief of Police. Gina was once best friends with Kate when they were in the Academy together. When Gina’s car crashes in a snow storm, she is found by Adam Lengacher, an Amish Widower and his children, who kindly take Gina in. A call to Kate is all it takes to b You Can Run. When a no knock raid is carried out at Gina Colorossa’s home, she is lucky to escape with her life. On the run, she can only think of one place to hide: Painters Mill. Home of her former best friend Kate Burkholder, now the Chief of Police. Gina was once best friends with Kate when they were in the Academy together. When Gina’s car crashes in a snow storm, she is found by Adam Lengacher, an Amish Widower and his children, who kindly take Gina in. A call to Kate is all it takes to bring her out to Adam’s farm before a Blizzard hits. Secrets and Danger run amok in “Outsider” by Linda Castillo. Can Kate’s dear old friend be trusted? Leave it to Kate and Tomasetti to find the truth in this nail biter! A tense police procedural that explores family, romance and the idea of right and wrong.A buddy read with Kaceey!Thank you to NetGalley Minotaur Books and Linda Castillo for the arc.Published on Goodreads on 6.27.20.
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  • Lorraine
    January 1, 1970
    Many thanks to NetGalley for an advance copy of this novel.Kate Burkholder, Chief of Police in Painters Mill, is having a busy day. A blizzard is being forecast in their small Ohio town, and the snow has caused many accidents and tow trucks are pulling people out of snow drifts. She gets a call that she's wanted at the farm of Adam Lengacher, an Amish man that she knew as a child, and she manages to drive to his yard before getting stuck in the drifts. She's surprised on entering the house to se Many thanks to NetGalley for an advance copy of this novel.Kate Burkholder, Chief of Police in Painters Mill, is having a busy day. A blizzard is being forecast in their small Ohio town, and the snow has caused many accidents and tow trucks are pulling people out of snow drifts. She gets a call that she's wanted at the farm of Adam Lengacher, an Amish man that she knew as a child, and she manages to drive to his yard before getting stuck in the drifts. She's surprised on entering the house to see her old police friend, Gina Colorosa, from Columbus, a woman she had lived with and gone to police training with. She hasn't seen her for ten years, and Gina tells her that she's on the run from the rogue cops she's been working with, and has a bullet wound in her shoulder. Adam graciously agrees that Gina and Kate can stay until the blizzard passes, and Kate contacts Tomasetti about Gina's story. He's very suspicious of Gina and warns Kate to be careful. What they don't know is that the rogue cops are on Gina's trail, and know she in Painters Mill - how long before they find out she's on the farm?I love the author's ease of reading - these are real page turners and fast reads. The Amish man and his kids were fun to read about, especially the oldest, Sammy. A great job!
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  • Eadie
    January 1, 1970
    This is the 12th book in the Kate Burkholder series. I have read the whole series and always look forward to reading a new one each year. Although part of the series, this book can be read as a standalone. Castillo makes a point in each book to give Kate's background. In this book we learn even more about how she decided to become a police officer along with her best friend, Gina Colorosa. The plot starts with a phone call to Kate from an Amish widower, Adam Lengacher. He discovers an unconsciou This is the 12th book in the Kate Burkholder series. I have read the whole series and always look forward to reading a new one each year. Although part of the series, this book can be read as a standalone. Castillo makes a point in each book to give Kate's background. In this book we learn even more about how she decided to become a police officer along with her best friend, Gina Colorosa. The plot starts with a phone call to Kate from an Amish widower, Adam Lengacher. He discovers an unconscious woman in her car stuck in a snowdrift at his farm. The woman turns out to be Kate's friend, fellow cop, Gina Colorosa. Kate has not seen Gina in 10 yrs. Gina is wanted for killing an undercover officer. Gina claims she is innocent and is being framed by corrupt officers.Kate asks state agent, John Thomaselli, for help. John's superior tells John to back off. As Kate gets closer to the truth, Kate must confront a reality that changes everything she thought she knew.The book is a very well-written edge-of-your-seat read with lots of suspense. I look forward to reading more about John and Kate's flourishing relationship in future books. I highly recommend this book and series to those who love suspense thrillers. I would like to thank Minotaur Books and NetGalley for a free book for an honest review.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    Another enthralling entry into the Kate Burkholder series with some background on our former Amish sheriff that leads her down a path she may wished she had avoided.An old friend comes back into Kate's life during one of the worse snowstorms ever and she is on the run from the very people she works with.....the cops. Injured and needing help she goes to the only person she feels will help her drawing Kate into her web of deceit, lies and corruption. How far will Kate go to aid a friend who helpe Another enthralling entry into the Kate Burkholder series with some background on our former Amish sheriff that leads her down a path she may wished she had avoided.An old friend comes back into Kate's life during one of the worse snowstorms ever and she is on the run from the very people she works with.....the cops. Injured and needing help she goes to the only person she feels will help her drawing Kate into her web of deceit, lies and corruption. How far will Kate go to aid a friend who helped her out in her time of need and what will be the final outcome?Kate Burkholder straddles both the English world and the Amish world and she does it very well. All her skills will be brought to the forefront as she strives to arrive at an ending that will be determine who will live and who will die.Did I say something about the ending? Oh boy, hold on to your seat! This book is due to be released in July, 2020.
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  • Sharon Huether
    January 1, 1970
    A tale of suspense.When Gina Colorosa is fleeing bad cops and is wounded; Police Chief Kate Burkholder is right behind her, traveling on secondary roads in the Amish country, they get stuck in the snow. A near by farmer helps them, with shelter and getting the local Vet to attend to Gina's gunshot wound.Chief Kate is holding Gina in her custody until the bad cops storm the farm home to take Gina.There is retaliation and the two bad cops are killed in the scuffle.I won this free book from Goodrea A tale of suspense.When Gina Colorosa is fleeing bad cops and is wounded; Police Chief Kate Burkholder is right behind her, traveling on secondary roads in the Amish country, they get stuck in the snow. A near by farmer helps them, with shelter and getting the local Vet to attend to Gina's gunshot wound.Chief Kate is holding Gina in her custody until the bad cops storm the farm home to take Gina.There is retaliation and the two bad cops are killed in the scuffle.I won this free book from Goodreads First reads. The final copy will be out July 7, 2020
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  • Maureen
    January 1, 1970
    This is the 12th book in the Kate Burkholder series and I've read each one and eagerly anticipated this one. Kate, Chief of Police in small town Painter's Mill, receives a call from Amish widower Adam Lengacher. In the midst of a blinding snowstorm, he was out sleighing with his 3 children when he comes across a car crash, and an injured woman, Gina Colorosa, who has a gunshot wound in her shoulder. Gina is a cop and a friend of Kate's, having graduated with her from the police academy in nearby This is the 12th book in the Kate Burkholder series and I've read each one and eagerly anticipated this one. Kate, Chief of Police in small town Painter's Mill, receives a call from Amish widower Adam Lengacher. In the midst of a blinding snowstorm, he was out sleighing with his 3 children when he comes across a car crash, and an injured woman, Gina Colorosa, who has a gunshot wound in her shoulder. Gina is a cop and a friend of Kate's, having graduated with her from the police academy in nearby Columbus.Gina is on the run from two corrupt police officers, who accused her of killing an undercover officer. Kate rushes to Adam's farm, where Gina is hiding. Can Kate trust Gina? Was Gina wrongly accused?Included in this book was more backstory on Kate's life growing up Amish before she left to become a police officer. I suggest if you have not read previous books, to start with the earlier ones.I really enjoyed this book and recommend it. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advance review copy.
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  • Annette
    January 1, 1970
    This is such a great series! This book gives us some in sight to Kate’s life just before she became a cop. It starts out with a bang and stays fast paced til the thrilling conclusion. I enjoyed the story and look forward to Kate’s next adventure. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the early copy
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is closed, superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today.I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is closed, superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today.I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.Chief of Police Kate Burkholder’s past comes back to haunt her when she receives a call from Amish widower Adam Lengacher. While enjoying a sleigh ride with his children, he discovered a car stuck in a snowdrift and an unconscious woman inside. Kate arrives at his farm and is shocked to discover the driver is a woman she hasn’t seen in ten years: fellow cop Gina Colorosa.Ten years ago, Kate and Gina were best friends at the police academy, graduating together as rookies with the Columbus Division of Police. But the reunion takes an ominous turn when Kate learns Gina is wanted for killing an undercover officer. Gina claims she’s innocent, that she was framed by corrupt officers who want her gone because she was about to turn them in for wrongdoing.Kate calls upon state agent John Tomasetti for help and with a blizzard bearing down, they delve into the incident. But no one wants to talk about what happened the night Gina allegedly gunned down a fellow cop. Even Tomasetti is stonewalled, his superior telling him in no uncertain terms to back off.With whisperings of corruption and the threat of rogue cops seeking revenge, Kate and Gina hunker down at Adam Lengacher’s farm. As Kate gets closer to the truth, a killer lies in wait. When violence strikes, Kate must confront a reality that changes everything she thought she knew not only about friendship, but the institution to which she's devoted her life.Linda Castillo is such a good writer and up until ow every book has gotten 5 stars...but this one only deserves four. GASP! The plot was well crafted but I just didn't like Gina nor did I really care about what happened to her. She just kind of annoyed me and I didn't like how she disrupted life in Painters Mill, especially with the case of the Lengacher family who did nothing to warrant violence being brought upon them. I just look forward to the next book being better.As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube Millionaires/etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it some fat Jimmy worthy 🐎 🐎 🐎 🐎 (there was no way to five it 3.5, so I rounded it up to four!)
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  • Eve Grant
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book I have read by Linda Castillo. I am a fan of suspense/mystery fiction so I thought I would give this one a try. This book is unique because blends religion with the harsh realities of the secular world. Most religious fiction books do not include bad language, but just so you know, this one does. At first, I was a little shocked by it, but then I realized that it actually gives the content of the book more credibility of how the world realistically functions. The main char This is the first book I have read by Linda Castillo. I am a fan of suspense/mystery fiction so I thought I would give this one a try. This book is unique because blends religion with the harsh realities of the secular world. Most religious fiction books do not include bad language, but just so you know, this one does. At first, I was a little shocked by it, but then I realized that it actually gives the content of the book more credibility of how the world realistically functions. The main character of the book, Kate Burkholder, is an ex-Amish Chief of Police in the small Amish town of Painters Mill, Ohio. Her past comes back to challenge her, when her estranged friend and cop, Gina Colorosa, shows up in snow-covered Painters Mill wounded and needing a place of refuge. One of the Amish locals, Adam, takes her in gives her a safe place to recover. Soon Kate and Adam find out more about Gina then they bargained for and are not sure if they can trust her. I enjoyed this book. I don't know a much about the Amish and I enjoyed learning about their customs and etiquette. I also liked how Castillo incorporated some German (with translations) into the dialogue. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good suspenseful mystery, and who isn't offended by some bad language.
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  • Patti
    January 1, 1970
    This is the 12th book by Linda Castillo in the Kate Burkholdier series and they just keep delivering!I really liked this book because Castillo writes about the Amish in a way that no one else does. It's a great picture of what Amish life is really like. Her character Kate was raised Amish and left the order to go into law enforcement. She is now the Police Chief in the small Ohio town where she was raised.This book opens with an attempted murder on a police officer. What happens next is one acti This is the 12th book by Linda Castillo in the Kate Burkholdier series and they just keep delivering!I really liked this book because Castillo writes about the Amish in a way that no one else does. It's a great picture of what Amish life is really like. Her character Kate was raised Amish and left the order to go into law enforcement. She is now the Police Chief in the small Ohio town where she was raised.This book opens with an attempted murder on a police officer. What happens next is one action packed scene after another. Gina, the police officer escapes and makes her way to Painter's Mills only to be found unconscious by a local Amish man. He takes her to his home and contacts Kate. Gina and Kate used to work together and haven't spoken in ten years. Gina is being pursued by bad guys but what do you do when the bad guys are cops?I highly recommend this series but if you do read it start at the beginning because one does not want to miss one minute of this fantastic series.
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  • Kim Brosan
    January 1, 1970
    Another page-turner with former Amish police chief Kate Burkholder trying to figure out what's going on in her small Holmes County, Ohio town. When one of the local Amish widowers calls her to his home, she's surprised to see an old friend, Gina Colorosa, from the time when she first left home to upend her expected life as a good Amish hausfrau. Gina's got a gunshot wound and a story about how she got it that sounds a bit crazy but almost believable--corruption in the old police department where Another page-turner with former Amish police chief Kate Burkholder trying to figure out what's going on in her small Holmes County, Ohio town. When one of the local Amish widowers calls her to his home, she's surprised to see an old friend, Gina Colorosa, from the time when she first left home to upend her expected life as a good Amish hausfrau. Gina's got a gunshot wound and a story about how she got it that sounds a bit crazy but almost believable--corruption in the old police department where Kate first started out. Kate calls state investigator Tomasetti to get help without alerting everyone to her old friend's whereabouts. Now, they just have to figure out whether she's lying or telling the truth.I really enjoy this series and this installment didn't disappoint!
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  • Maranda
    January 1, 1970
    Love this series! Best to start it from the beginning or you will loose the characters evolution. Kate is a police Chief in Painters Mill Ohio with an Amish upbringing. This tale finds a blizzard hampering travel and leaves Kate with a difficult situation to solve while staying on an Amish farm owned by Adam Lengacher. Kate's love interest John of course makes some snow mobile appearances to help her out. Just cannot wait much longer for a more indepth look into this couple's future. Great actio Love this series! Best to start it from the beginning or you will loose the characters evolution. Kate is a police Chief in Painters Mill Ohio with an Amish upbringing. This tale finds a blizzard hampering travel and leaves Kate with a difficult situation to solve while staying on an Amish farm owned by Adam Lengacher. Kate's love interest John of course makes some snow mobile appearances to help her out. Just cannot wait much longer for a more indepth look into this couple's future. Great action and characters fill all of a Linda Castillo story. "A copy of this book was provided by St. Martin's Press via NetGalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my own views."
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  • Dianne
    January 1, 1970
    If you have been reading this series, you will quickly find out that this book does not fit this author's norm. It takes a significant step back from the crime being committed by an Amish person or to an Amish person. This book is about Gina, a woman Kate knew when she left the order and went to Police Academy with. A policeperson who did not stick to the straight and narrow. And now that Gina is in trouble, she is going to Kate in Ohio to seek help.This book really kept me on my toes, wondering If you have been reading this series, you will quickly find out that this book does not fit this author's norm. It takes a significant step back from the crime being committed by an Amish person or to an Amish person. This book is about Gina, a woman Kate knew when she left the order and went to Police Academy with. A policeperson who did not stick to the straight and narrow. And now that Gina is in trouble, she is going to Kate in Ohio to seek help.This book really kept me on my toes, wondering who the heck that 'bad' guys really were. Did Gina really do what her teammates are claiming? Has she committed some very heinous crimes? Is Kate helping out and hiding a murderer? What repercussions will Kate take because of her actions? Will Kate live through all of this and what will it mean to her and John.This book can be read as a stand-alone, but I suggest that you try to read at least the first book in this series.I loved every bit f this book and would recommend it highly to those that love taught mysteries, thrillers, and learning about other cultures.*ARC supplied by the publisher and author.
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  • Evelyn
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.They were besties at the police academy in Columbus, but Kate hasn’t seen or heard from Gina Colarossa in more than ten years. So when Adam, a local Amish widower with three young children, contacts her about an injured woman snowbound at his home, Kate can’t believe it. But Gina is a fugitive and now they are all snowed in together. What could possibly go wrong?Not my favorite in the series, bu Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.They were besties at the police academy in Columbus, but Kate hasn’t seen or heard from Gina Colarossa in more than ten years. So when Adam, a local Amish widower with three young children, contacts her about an injured woman snowbound at his home, Kate can’t believe it. But Gina is a fugitive and now they are all snowed in together. What could possibly go wrong?Not my favorite in the series, but still a good read and interesting look at Amish life. I did think that the police corruption and blizzard conditions were a little over the top.
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  • Jean Galloway
    January 1, 1970
    OMG i won !! im so excited cant wait to get it im one of her BIGGEST fans and have read every book !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thank you so much i will update when i read it but i know i can already give it 5 stars she's my favorite author !!!!!!!!!!UPDATE AFTER READ: i just loved it i knew i would she's my favorite author (well one of them) ... i loved that i won her book !!!!!!!! i cant wait til it comes out on kindle so my Alexa can read it to me again No spoilers here but you should read her serie OMG i won !! im so excited cant wait to get it im one of her BIGGEST fans and have read every book !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thank you so much i will update when i read it but i know i can already give it 5 stars she's my favorite author !!!!!!!!!!UPDATE AFTER READ: i just loved it i knew i would she's my favorite author (well one of them) ... i loved that i won her book !!!!!!!! i cant wait til it comes out on kindle so my Alexa can read it to me again No spoilers here but you should read her series from Book 1 to enjoy them all down the row I found her books by accident years ago in the library .. I picked up Book 5 i think it was and realized it was a series so i went back to the library, returned it and got Books 1&2 and the rest is history .. I have also read her other books that are not Kate Burkholder related she's a great author I just love them all !!!Love you Ms. Castillo keep em coming ........but quicker !!! <3 xoxox Much love from NY ... everyone stay safe during these horrifying times of COVID 19 !!
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  • Sherri Thacker
    January 1, 1970
    I can’t wait for this one next!!
  • Read All About It
    January 1, 1970
    Packs A Powerful Punch!!Chief of Police in Painters Mill, Kate Burkholder is my favorite ex Amish police officer.It's no secret I love this series.This installment was a little different but no less intense.The characters are so vivid they jump off the page. This was another action packed from start to finish edition. This series just gets better with every book.A woman from Kate's past shows up wounded and on the run. She needs Kate's help. Adam Lengacher finds Gina Colorosa while he is on a sl Packs A Powerful Punch!!Chief of Police in Painters Mill, Kate Burkholder is my favorite ex Amish police officer.It's no secret I love this series.This installment was a little different but no less intense.The characters are so vivid they jump off the page. This was another action packed from start to finish edition. This series just gets better with every book.A woman from Kate's past shows up wounded and on the run. She needs Kate's help. Adam Lengacher finds Gina Colorosa while he is on a sleigh ride with his children. He thinks shes dead.A huge snow storm, power,police corruption and greed are the backdrop of this 12th book. Tomasetti plays a larger role than he has in a while which makes it even better. Sammy stole the show.I received a Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Dawn
    January 1, 1970
    I really like this series about former Amish turned police chief Kate. This latest in the series brings Kate's past crashing into her present in the form of her former best friend and fellow former Columbus officer Gina. Gina is on the run from vice squad members and turns to Kate to help. But Kate wonders if Gina is trustworthy. This book is part of an imaginative, original series featuring a setting of a former Amish woman, now having forsaken her religion, still living near the Amish. And whi I really like this series about former Amish turned police chief Kate. This latest in the series brings Kate's past crashing into her present in the form of her former best friend and fellow former Columbus officer Gina. Gina is on the run from vice squad members and turns to Kate to help. But Kate wonders if Gina is trustworthy. This book is part of an imaginative, original series featuring a setting of a former Amish woman, now having forsaken her religion, still living near the Amish. And while I know little about the religion and culture, I truly enjoy learning a little in each book.These books are not religious in any way, it's just part of the setting, and makes for a creative plot every time.I recommend this latest, whether or not you have read any others.
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  • Teri
    January 1, 1970
    I was given an advance copy via Net Galley in exchange for my honest review. I absolutely love this series by Linda Castillo and look forward to the new release every year. I will say that I enjoyed this one more than last years but unfortunately for the author I think it might be bad timing for the subject matter. Bad Cops. I won't hold that against her of course as these books are written well in advance of us getting the. I'm giving it 4 stars because at times I felt the story was a little dr I was given an advance copy via Net Galley in exchange for my honest review. I absolutely love this series by Linda Castillo and look forward to the new release every year. I will say that I enjoyed this one more than last years but unfortunately for the author I think it might be bad timing for the subject matter. Bad Cops. I won't hold that against her of course as these books are written well in advance of us getting the. I'm giving it 4 stars because at times I felt the story was a little drawn out and not enough twists or anything thrown in. All in all it was still a good read and I look forward to number 13 next year!
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  • Robin
    January 1, 1970
    The newest volume of the Kate Burkholder series may remind readers of Harrison Ford's movie WITNESS, but there are unique aspects to the story. Kate and a close cop friend from her past are confined to an Amish farm because of a blizzard and because the cop friend is being pursued by corrupt cops. The Amish farmer is a widower with three children who is trying to be a good neighbor while keeping his family safe. During the story, Kate thinks back to her early years after leaving her Amish home a The newest volume of the Kate Burkholder series may remind readers of Harrison Ford's movie WITNESS, but there are unique aspects to the story. Kate and a close cop friend from her past are confined to an Amish farm because of a blizzard and because the cop friend is being pursued by corrupt cops. The Amish farmer is a widower with three children who is trying to be a good neighbor while keeping his family safe. During the story, Kate thinks back to her early years after leaving her Amish home and becoming a cop. This information is welcome and provides interesting background on Kate. I enjoyed reading about daily life on an Amish farm interspersed with action scenes and dramatic events. Excellent story, terrific writing, fast=moving action, and strong, vivid characters make this a riveting read. Thanks to NetGalley for providing an ARC so that I could read this book early, but I love the story so much that I will purchase my own print copy on publication day.
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  • Shannon Dyer
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come at AAR.
  • Tina Wright
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a fan of Linda Castillo's romantic suspense novels, but new to the Kate Burkholder series. This book didn't disappoint, as it features the multilayered characters and page-turning suspense I've come to expect from her, and I in no way felt lost jumping in mid-series. The book moved at a leisurely pace of times, but was in no way slow or dull--rather the writing itself seemed to evoke the pace of life on Adam's farm during a snowstorm. This was a thoroughly enjoyable story, and I look forward I'm a fan of Linda Castillo's romantic suspense novels, but new to the Kate Burkholder series. This book didn't disappoint, as it features the multilayered characters and page-turning suspense I've come to expect from her, and I in no way felt lost jumping in mid-series. The book moved at a leisurely pace of times, but was in no way slow or dull--rather the writing itself seemed to evoke the pace of life on Adam's farm during a snowstorm. This was a thoroughly enjoyable story, and I look forward to more, as I'd love to see things progress with John and Kate. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.
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