Thursday, August 25, 2022

The Hidden One by Linda Castillo

About the Book:

The discovery of an Amish bishop's remains leads chief of police Kate Burkholder to unearth a chilling secret in The Hidden One, a new thriller from bestselling author Linda Castillo.

Over a decade ago, beloved Amish bishop Ananias Stoltzfus disappeared without a trace. When skeletal remains showing evidence of foul play are unearthed, his disappearance becomes even more sinister.

The town’s elders arrive in Painters Mill to ask chief of police Kate Burkholder for help, but she quickly realizes she has a personal connection to the crime. The handsome Amish man who stands accused of the murder, Jonas Bowman, was Kate’s first love. Forced to confront a painful episode from her past, Kate travels to Pennsylvania’s Kishacoquillas Valley, where the Amish culture differs dramatically from the traditions she knows. Though Bishop Stoltzfus was highly respected, she soon hears about a dark side to this complex man. What was he hiding that resulted in his own brutal death?

Someone doesn’t want Kate asking questions. But even after being accosted and threatened in the dead of night, she refuses to back down. Is she too close to the case—and to Jonas—to see clearly? There’s a killer in the Valley who will stop at nothing to keep the past buried. Will they get to Kate before she can expose the truth? Or will the bishop’s secrets remain hidden forever?

My Review:

This is the first novel I have read by Castillo and I liked it. I usually stay away from the saturated Amish genre but this novel showed a different side of the sect. It is not all smiles and roses. There are deceiving characters and ones willing to murder to protect secrets. I like Chief Burkholder as a heroine. She's strong and tenacious in solving an old murder that has caused an old friend to be charged with murder. But she also needs support, finding it in her stable and encouraging boyfriend.

I liked the plot with secrets from decades ago being uncovered layer by layer. There is a good dose of suspense as Burkholder faces opposition in her investigation. And there is a nice and unexpected twist near the end just when we think everything is wrapped up.

Even though this is part of a series and way down the line, it read very well on its own. I will certainly be looking for more from this author.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

About the Author:

Linda Castillo
is the author of the
 New York Times and USA Today bestselling Kate Burkholder series, set in the world of the Amish. The first book, Sworn to Silence, was adapted into a Lifetime original movie titled An Amish Murder starring Neve Campbell as Kate Burkholder. Castillo is the recipient of numerous industry awards including a nomination by the International Thriller Writers for Best Hardcover, the Mystery Writers of America’s Sue Grafton Memorial Award, and an appearance on the Boston Globe’s shortlist for best crime novel. In addition to writing, Castillo’s other passion is horses. She lives in Texas with her husband and is currently at work on her next book. Photo credit: © Pam Lary.   

Minotaur Books, Macmillan Publishers, 320 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent aand honest review.

(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)

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