ARC AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: An Evil Heart (Kate Burkholder #15 ) by Linda Castillo

Publication Date: July 11, 2023
Format: Audio
Genre:  Crime Thriller
Narrators: Kathleen McInerney

Publisher: Macmillan Audio
 9 hours 25 min
Buy: Kindle | Audio


On a crisp autumn day in Painters Mill, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder responds to a call only to discover an Amish man who has been violently killed with a crossbow, his body abandoned on a dirt road. Aden Karn was just twenty years old, well liked, and from an upstanding Amish family. Who would commit such a heinous crime against a young man whose life was just beginning?

The more Kate gets to know his devastated family and the people—both English and Amish—who loved him, the more determined she becomes to solve the case. Aden Karn was funny and hardworking and looking forward to marrying his sweet fiancé, Emily. All the while, Kate’s own wedding day to Tomasetti draws near...

But as she delves into Karn’s past, Kate begins to hear whispers about a dark side. What if Aden Karn wasn’t the wholesome young man everyone admired? Is it possible the rumors are a cruel campaign to blame the victim? Kate pursues every lead with a vengeance, sensing an unspeakable secret no one will broach.

The case spirals out of control when a young Amish woman comes forward with a horrific story that pits Kate against a dangerous and unexpected opponent. When the awful truth is finally uncovered, Kate comes face to face with the terrible consequences of a life lived in all the dark places.


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Another installment of the Kate Burkholder series.  I love this series and this one seemed darker but also brighter than the more recent ones. Kate is finally marrying her long time partner Tomasetti on her family farm. Despite not being Amish anymore Kate still loves her family farm and wishes she had a closer relationship with her sister and brother. 

 I love that Kate straddles two worlds and you see how much the Amish mean to her even if she can't be a part of them. The work that her family puts into her wedding brought Kate and me to tears. This is a great installment of this series.  I'm not sure you can read these as standalones but they do fill you in on who some of the people are as they are introduced. You just don't get the full feel of the relationships.  

The narration was good, I had an issue with how they portrayed the medical examiner but other than that one voice I was very pleased with the whole book. 

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