Book Review: Shamed (Kate Burkholder #11) by Linda Costillo

Release Date: July 9, 2019
Publisher: Minotaur books
Format: ebook
Pages: 320 pages
Genre:  Mystery/ Amish
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An Amish grandmother is murdered on an abandoned farm, her seven year old granddaughter abducted. Chief of Police Kate Burkholder plunges headlong into a case that quickly becomes a race against the clock. She knows the longer the girl is missing, the more likely a tragic outcome. The family of the missing girl is well thought of—a pillar of the Amish community. Their pain is palpable and they cooperate in every way, but Kate soon learns they’re keeping secrets...

The investigation takes Kate to an isolated Old Order Amish settlement along the river in southern Ohio. At first, the community seems upstanding and helpful. But when Kate starts asking questions, they stonewall her—and the situation soon becomes dangerous. What are they hiding and why?

After an attempt on her life, Kate unearths a haunting and tragic secret that changes everything she thought she knew about the family for whom she is fighting, the Amish community as a whole—and everything she thought she knew about herself. Will she reach the girl in time to save her life?


I love this series and it keeps me coming back over and over, this book however seems to be a bit different and I loved it even more.  There was so much suspense and tension in this book I could barely put it down, maybe it was the missing child, maybe it was the mystery around why and who that kept me riveted, but whatever it was bravo.  This is a great story and could be read as a stand alone although knowing the player and the story behind many of them helps to make this book all the more richer.

I really appreciate that Costillo really tries to put you in the shoes of the Amish and how they think.  It really is a different culture and a different way of thinking and Costillo's Burkholder really straddles that line in a compassionate and empathetic way.

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