Review of Among The Wicked

Among The Wicked

Kate Burkholder, Book #8

Linda Castillo

5 Stars


Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called upon by the sheriff’s department in rural, upstate New York to assist on a developing situation that involves a reclusive Amish settlement and the death of a young girl. Unable to penetrate the wall of silence between the Amish and “English” communities, the sheriff asks Kate to travel to New York, pose as an Amish woman, and infiltrate the community.

Kate’s long time love interest, State Agent John Tomasetti, is dead set against her taking on such an unorthodox assignment, knowing she’ll have limited communication – and even less in the way of backup. But Kate can’t turn her back, especially when the rumor mill boils with disturbing accounts of children in danger. She travels to New York where she’s briefed and assumes her new identity as a lone widow seeking a new life.

Kate infiltrates the community and goes deep undercover. In the coming days, she unearths a world built on secrets, a series of shocking crimes, and herself, alone… trapped in a fight for her life. (Goodreads)


Kate is one tough lady and she knows criminals and criminal behavior.  But going undercover is a whole new ball game for her and she will have to be at the top of her game in order to find out why the Amish girl was killed and what exactly is going on in this particular Amish Community.

The characters are well rounded, well developed and three dimensional.  I really liked Kate and admired how she wanted to accept the assignment, despite the danger to herself.  We got to see her struggling with her Amish roots and wondering what her life would have been like had she not left the Amish Community. I can understand her boyfriend, John Tomasetti, not wanting her to go undercover, and his struggle accepting that she was going to take the assignment.  To me these struggles made them seem more human and realistic to me.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there, watching all the action take place around me.  She is also very talented in writing suspense, and I found myself swiping pages as fast as I could.  There were quite a few tense moments and I found myself on the edge of my seat more times than not.

The writing style flows smoothly and this is a quick easy read.  This book is written in the first person, and normally I do not like that perspective as much.  But for this book it worked and I found myself hardly noticing it.

This is the eighth book in the series, and I have loved all the ones that I read.  This book took a departure from the others because Kate was not in her own town of Painter’s Mill, where she knows everyone and has her law enforcement team with her.  It allowed us to see her in a different environment, and I enjoyed that.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Amish suspense and mystery.  This was one of my mom’s favorite authors and she loved reading her books.  I think you will too.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to read and review this book.