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Her Last Breath: A Novel (Kate Burkholder) by Linda Castillo (Jun 18, 2013)

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June 18, 2013 Kate Burkholder (Book 5)

"An extraordinarily beautiful Amish woman, a dangerous femme fatale, is the central figure in a story that reveals a dark side of Painters Mill and its seemingly perfect Amish world
A rainy night, an Amish father returning home with his three children, a speeding car hurtling toward them out of nowhere.What at first seems like a tragic, but routine car accident  suddenly takes on a more sinister cast as evidence emerges that nothing about the crash is accidental.  But who would want to kill an Amish deacon and two of his children? He leaves behind a grieving widow and a young boy who clings to life in the intensive care wing of a hospital, unable to communicate.  He may be the only one who knows what happened that night.  Desperate to find out who killed her best friend’s husband and why, Kate begins to suspect she is not looking for a reckless drunk, but instead is on the trail of a cold blooded killer amid the residents of Painter’s Mill.  It is a search that takes her on a  chilling journey into the darkest reaches of the human heart and makes her question everything she has ever believed about the Amish culture into which she was born."

Release date: June 18, 2013 | Series: Kate Burkholder (Book 5)
Kate Burkholder series
  • Sworn to Silence, Minotaur Books, 2009
  • Pray for Silence, Minotaur Books, 2010
  • Breaking Silence, Minotaur Books, 2011
  • Gone Missing, Minotaur Books, 2012
  • Her Last Breath, Minotaur Books, 2013
I have been following this series since book 1 and I think that this is the best one yet.  While this book can be read as a standalone, I DO recommend that you eventually read the others, just to fill in some of the blanks you may encounter.  Ms Castillo is such a wonderful author and understands the importance of back-story so well that you will have no problems understanding who is who and what is what in this series.

This book starts out with a horrific buggy crash – a car or truck  coming out of nowhere plows into a buggy carrying most of an Amish family (three children and the  father) all but one die at the scene.  The author paints such a vivid word picture that I found myself getting sick to my stomach during some parts of this scene. This was a horrific hit-and-run accident…or was it really?

Along with this story, there is a second story going on that deals with Kate’s childhood, a murder that occurred when Kate was 14 and some of the reasons she may have left the Amish faith.  Her lover, John Tomasetti becomes more involved in this secondary plot and that may not bode well for them as a couple in coming books, but I have faith in Ms. Castillo’s vision for this series.

This exceptional mystery had me guessing right until the last. I think my jaw actually dropped open and hit my chest when things were eventually revealed and circumstances are played out.
The characters each have their own voice, are multi-dimensional (even tertiary characters) and complex.  Kate is a wonderful character that makes mistakes and is still paying for past ones, she is strong and kick-butt, but is not afraid to ask for help.  She has flaws and that is such a relief to read.  I am so tired of the ‘perfect star’ of so many series.

The plot is complex yet when you get to the denouement, you find yourself wondering just how you missed so many clues.    It will prove to you just how complicated and difficult a police officers’ job really is.  Everything is written so very realistically.

This book was a true page-turner and this series is one that you will most likely find yourself re-reading a few times.

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