I didn’t realize until a couple days ago when I was planning out my reading week that I hadn’t posted the last Kate Burkholder novel review! I read it prior to starting up my re-launch of this blog, so it only made it to Goodreads. So, now that I’m starting the next in the series (the ninth total!), here’s my take on the eighth Kate Burkholder novel, “Among the Wicked.” The Amish have never been so spooky!
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
First off: This book can be read as a stand-alone novel. I am reviewing it as such. I liked it so much I may buy the others in the series!
I’m a little breathless after finishing this one. It’s an intense ride that doesn’t let up for a second. And I NEVER saw the end twist coming. Not for a second.
So. The basics: Kate Burkholder is a police chief in Ohio who used to be Amish. She’s summoned to work undercover in New York when a young woman is found frozen to death under weird circumstances. She quickly discovers that the town’s charismatic leader may be up to some bad things – including murder.
As the story unfolds, it just keeps adding questions: Who, why, how?! Most of it was good. It kept me reading. But the four stars come in because some of those threads did not get tied up. I’m still not exactly sure what happened with some of the characters. It’s sometimes implied, but never confirmed.( I don’t want to give anything away because it’s really good and you’ll want to read it for yourself. Afterward, I’d be interested to hear some other’s opinions.)
That doesn’t keep me from recommending the book, because I really do, I just want to be upfront about it.
I also loved the authenticity of the Amish portrayal. It was interesting and very accurate based on my interactions with plain people.
Overall, HIGHLY recommend.