Book Review: Among the Wicked ( Kate Burkholder book 8) by Linda Castillo

Release Date: July 12, 2016
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Format: Kindle
Pages: 320 pages
Genre: Mystery - Amish
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Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called upon by the sheriff's department in rural, upstate New York to assist on a developing situation that involves a reclusive Amish settlement and the death of a young girl. Unable to penetrate the wall of silence between the Amish and "English" communities, the sheriff asks Kate to travel to New York, pose as an Amish woman, and infiltrate the community.

Kate's long time love interest, State Agent John Tomasetti, is dead set against her taking on such an unorthodox assignment, knowing she'll have limited communication - and even less in the way of backup. But Kate can't turn her back, especially when the rumor mill boils with disturbing accounts of children in danger. She travels to New York where she's briefed and assumes her new identity as a lone widow seeking a new life.

Kate infiltrates the community and goes deep under cover. In the coming days, she unearths a world built on secrets, a series of shocking crimes, and herself, alone... trapped in a fight for her life.


I am a sucker for these books.  I love every second of them. I have a fascination with the Amish culture and love Kate's mixed feelings about leaving the fold. This is a great book that shows how easy it is for devoted people to fall prey to charismatic leaders who may take advantage of them.  This is a story of how a bad apple can definitely spoil the bunch.

Kate goes undercover to infiltrate an Amish community that has come under suspicion after the death of a young teenage girl. There are rumors of child abuse and the whole Amish community has started to become more and more insular under the leadership of their new Bishop.  As Kate attempts to infiltrate the community and gain their trust she starts to wonder if the thing that makes her special (being ex-amish) is also the thing that is her biggest downfall.

Fast paced, fun read.