BOOK REVIEW: Outsider (Kate Burkholder #12) by Linda Castillo


Publication Date: 
July 7, 2020
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Format: Kindle
Pages:  313 Pages
Genre:  Suspense, Thriller  
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While enjoying a sleigh ride with his children, Amish widower Adam Lengacher discovers a car stuck in a snowdrift and an unconscious woman inside. He calls upon Chief of Police Kate Burkholder for help, and she is surprised to recognize the driver: fellow cop and her former friend, Gina Colorosa.

Years before, Kate and Gina were best friends at the police academy and patrol officers in Columbus, but time and distance have taken them down two very different paths. Now, Gina reveals a shocking story of betrayal and revenge that has forced her to run for her life. She’s desperate for protection, and the only person she can trust is Kate―but can Kate trust her? Or will Gina’s dark past put them all in danger?

As a blizzard bears down on Painters Mill, Kate helps Gina go into hiding on Adam’s farm. While the tough-skinned Gina struggles to adjust to the Amish lifestyle, Kate and state agent John Tomasetti delve into the incident that caused Gina to flee. But as Kate gets closer to the truth, a killer lies in wait. When violence strikes, she must confront a devastating truth that changes everything she thought she knew not only about friendship, but the institution to which she's devoted her life.


I love this series.  This time Kate is faced with her friend and ex room-mate from her training academy days who she hasn't spoken to since they were rookies.  Gina started making questionable decisions and Kate is a straight and narrow cop, well most of the time.  Now on the run from the dirty cops who are setting her up Gina is trying to prove to Kate that she really does want to make amends.  

This book throws us back to just when Kate left the Amish and what she did next.  It shows us some of the backstory of how she became a cop and her feelings about leaving the Amish fold. It is an insightful and interesting read. I'm really glad that we are starting to see parts of Kate that have been buried. 

The mystery is edge of your seat as you wait to figure out how this will all play out and hope that the Amish family that is helping doesn't get caught in the crossfire.  Sometimes when reading these books I realize their are definitely pros to leading a simple life. I love this book and this series.  Can't wait for more. 

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