ARC AUDIO REVIEW: Fallen (Kate Burkholder #13) by Linda Castillo


Publication Date: July 6, 2021
Format: Audio
Genre:  Psychological Thriller Amish
Narrators: Kathleen McInerney

Publisher: Macmillan Audio                
10 hours 0 min
Buy: Kindle | Audio


When a young woman is found murdered in a Painters Mill motel, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is shocked to discover she once knew the victim. Rachael Schwartz was a charming but troubled Amish girl who left the fold years ago and fled Painters Mill. Why was she back in town? And who would kill her so brutally?

Kate remembers Rachael as the only girl who was as bad at being Amish as Kate was—and those parallels dog her. But the more Kate learns about Rachael's life, the more she's convinced that her dubious reputation was deserved. As a child, Rachael was a rowdy rulebreaker whose decision to leave devastated her parents and best friend. As an adult, she was charismatic and beautiful, a rabble-rouser with a keen eye for opportunity no matter who got in her way. Her no-holds-barred lifestyle earned her a lot of love and enemies aplenty—both English and Amish.  

As the case heats to a fever pitch and long-buried secrets resurface, a killer haunts Painters Mill. Someone doesn’t want Rachael’s past—or the mysteries she took with her to the grave—coming to light. As Kate digs deeper, violence strikes again, this time hitting close to home. Will Kate uncover the truth and bring a murderer to justice? Or will a killer bent on protecting a terrible past stop her once and for all—and let the fallen be forgotten?


Thank you to and Macmillan Audio for a free copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest review. 

I loved this new installment of the Kate Burkholder series.  There are more twists and turns and more intrigue.  This book takes you into the past when Rachel was a rebellious Amish teen bringing you along for the ride of uncovering who the murderer is.  This is a very twisted tale that makes you question nature vs. nurture, the love of family and when it is time to compromise.  I really wish Kate would finally compromise and consent to marry Tomisetti because this hold out is really ridiculous.  This is definitely not a stand alone book and you really need to start at the beginning of the series to understand the dynamics between all the main characters.  

The narration was great and I always love how Castillo throws in the PA dutch to give the book more of an authentic feel and the narrator does a great job with it.  I still haven't tired of this series.  

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