Sunday, July 10, 2016
Among the Wicked by Linda Castillo (Kate Burkholder #8)
3.0 out of 5 stars -- Community or cult?
When the body of a young Amish girl is found frozen in the woods, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is asked to go undercover to investigate rumors and suspicion surrounding a reclusive Amish community run by a very strict Bishop. This settlement is located in New York close to the Canadian border. State Agent John Tomasetti, Kate's live-in boyfriend, is not very happy about her taking this case as Kate really doesn't have this type of experience though, indeed, she might be the only one who can actually pull off posing as an Amish woman looking for a new home and get inside to find out what is going on.
Almost immediately, as Kate moves into a dilapidated old trailer by the settlement to act her role, she starts riling up the locals with all her questions about the community and its leader. She senses their fear, hears about some violence, witnesses some strange events -- and when she keeps probing, the danger there comes directly to her. What indeed is going on -- and who is this man who calls himself a Bishop of this secretive Amish enclave.
I've read almost all of the books in this series and this one seemed rather slow and predictable. The "secret" of the community is lately a common theme and I felt that some of the big questions were never answered with all the focus on Kate almost being killed or frozen most of the time (again and again how cold it was and she suffers hypothermia and near frostbite way too often). She has more lives than a cat! My takeaway -- this was an OK installment in this unique series about a formerly Amish woman turned cop, but it wasn't one that had me glued to the pages or kept me up at night to finish. Of course I'll keep reading this series as I like the characters and that Amish angle so will be waiting for the next one.
Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the e-book ARC to review.