Down a Dark Road

Down a Dark Road

by Linda Castillo

Overview: Eight years ago Joseph King was convicted of murdering his wife and sentenced to life in prison. He was a "fallen" Amish man and, according to local law enforcement, a known drug user with a violent temper. Now King has escaped, and he’s headed for Painters Mill.

News of a murderer on the loose travels like wildfire and putting Chief of Police Kate Burkholder and her team of officers on edge. A nightmare scenario becomes reality when King shows up with a gun and kidnaps his five children from their Amish uncle’s house. He’s armed and desperate with nothing left to lose.

Fearing for the safety of the children, Kate leaps into action, but her frantic search for a killer leads her into an ambush. When King releases her unharmed, asking her to prove his innocence, she begins to wonder whether the police are hiding something, and she embarks on her own investigation to discover the truth.

Martha Lawton (07/26/17): Linda Castillo’s newest Kate Burkholder thriller is called Down a Dark Road. Kate Burkholder is Chief of Police in Painter’s Mill, Ohio, a community made up of Amish and English. This would be book number nine in the series and it was awesome!!!! I found myself mumbling to Kate about watching her back and not asking those questions. To me that is the highlight of a fabulous mystery/thriller.

Kate Burkholder was Amish until 18 and then chose a different way of life and became a policeman. She was hired because of her ties to the community. Each book has a connection to the Amish, but this one to me felt more meaningful and indicative to her upbringing. The person who she was focused on was Joseph King, a boy who she had her first true crush on. Joseph was sent to prison over the murder of his wife. Through a series of flashbacks and heated conversations, we are invited into the life of Joseph King and Kate Burkholder. Kate could not let her image of him go and followed the story like unraveling a ball of yarn.

I was enthralled with her story. I loved her impassioned belief in Joseph, despite the evidence. I was furious with the old boy’s network shutting her down and treating her with disrespect. You know you are reading a good book when your emotions are totally involved. Down a Dark Road by Linda Castillo is a really great read.
Rating: *****

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