My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’m a big fan of the Kate Burkholder series, and as someone from Pennsylvania, a lot of the references are very homey to me. I can’t believe this book is the tenth already!
The series remains nice and fresh in this latest installment, and honestly, I could read ten more. You can read it as a standalone if you’d like, but trust me, you’re going to want to read the others in the series, as well.
FYI: This book deals with themes of sexual assault. If that is triggering for you, I would recommend another book.
Kate is called to a barn fire, where they find the body of a teenage boy trapped inside. By all accounts, he was a poster-perfect Amish boy, so who would want him dead? As Kate digs into the mystery, she realizes that not everything is as it seems, and she begins to discover a much darker side to the wholesome image presented to her by the community.
This mystery was just a really good, straightforward mystery, with a little bit of darkness that begins to seep through as things develop. I really like that about this series: it may seem wholesome and “plain,” but then the dark, gritty details really slip in. Nothing is ever off limits or completely straightforward in this series.
The only thing I didn’t like about this one is that there were a couple connections that the reader is able to make way before Kate does. A couple times she finds a piece of information that you’re immediately like “Ooh! That’s …. !” And she doesn’t get to that point until several chapters later. That took a little edge off some of the reveals. But I wasn’t so disappointed in anything that it took away from my enjoyment of the book.
Overall, if you’re not reading this series, you’re missing out. It’s great mysteries wrapped in this really interesting Amish exterior. And this tenth installment continues this amazing series.