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Her Last Breath -Linda Castillo

her last breath

Other Books By Linda Castillo:

Kate Burkholder Series

Sworn to Silence

Pray for Silence

Breaking Silence

Gone Missing


Long Lost

“A rainy night, an Amish father returning home with his three children, a speeding car hurtling toward them out of nowhere . …

What at first appears to be a tragic, but routine accident becomes personal for Chief of Police Kate Burkholder when she discovers that the victims are the husband and children of her childhood friend, Mattie. As Kate delves into the case, she comes face to face with her Amish past and memories of growing up with Mattie, an extraordinary beauty whom trouble has always followed. The investigation takes on a more sinister cast as evidence emerges that nothing about the crash was accidental.

Desperate for answers, Kate begins to suspect she’s not looking for a reckless drunk who fled the scene of a brutal hit and run, but instead she finds herself on the trail of a stone cold killer living amid the residents of Painters 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.”

*I don’t want to give away anything for anyone who hasn’t read the book, so I am going to write it assuming that no one has. *

I read, not knowing there was a series, Her Last Breath. If you like Amish mysteries, you will like this one. There was lots going on for each of the characters, but not too much to follow. For Kate Burkholder, the main character, who is a small town chief of police, this case is particularly difficult. Not only were three people killed, two of them children, but they were the family of her childhood best friend, Mattie.

It turns out that the crash was not an accident, but someone had wanted to kill Mattie’s family. We don’t find out until the end of the book who it actually was (it surprised me).

Of course that isn’t all that Kate has to deal with.  She has her own past coming back to haunt her…. in more than one way. She used to be Amish. As you read the book, you will find out her reasons for leaving her religion, her community, and her family.

The end of the book really surprised me, which doesn’t happen too often. I normally have a feeling of who could have done it, but in this book, I had no clue. Well, I had my ideas, but they were wrong 😦

Her Last Breath
Linda Castillo
Minotaur Books (St Martin’s Publishing Groups)
ISBN# 978-0-312-65857-1
Hardback (also currently available in e-book and audio)
320 Pages

*Visit your local library to see if this book is available. It was at mine!*