Review of Down A Dark Road


Down A Dark Road

Kate Burkholder, Book #9

Linda Castillo

5 Stars


In this electrifying new thriller in the New York Times bestselling series, a convicted murderer is on the run and Chief of Police Kate Burkholder must catch him before he strikes again.

Eight years ago Joseph King was convicted of murdering his wife and sentenced to life in prison. He was a “fallen” Amish man and, according to local law enforcement, a known drug user with a violent temper. Now King has escaped, and he’s headed for Painters Mill.

News of a murderer on the loose travels like wildfire and putting Chief of Police Kate Burkholder and her team of officers on edge. A nightmare scenario becomes reality when King shows up with a gun and kidnaps his five children from their Amish uncle’s house. He’s armed and desperate with nothing left to lose.

Fearing for the safety of the children, Kate leaps into action, but her frantic search for a killer leads her into an ambush. When King releases her unharmed, asking her to prove his innocence, she begins to wonder whether the police are hiding something, and she embarks on her own investigation to discover the truth.  (Goodreads)



The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional.  Kate is such a strong woman, with a strong sense of right and wrong.  But she also has a vulnerable side (which see does not want anyone to know about or see).  When she sees her childhood friend again, she cannot help but remember the fun they had together as kids and knows she has to figure out if he is a cold blooded killer or not.  I really enjoyed getting to see an insight into her childhood and it helped to see how Kate became the woman she did.  It always help to learn as much as you can about someone’s past and I thought this was a clever way to accomplish that.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there, watching all of the action take place and listening to conversations.  I could feel the tension during the standoff and I could feel Kate’s tension as she tried to piece together what happened eight years ago.  She is also very talented in creating suspense with just the written word.  The book pulled me in from the very first page and took me along until the very last page.  I could feel Kate’s frustration, her sorrow and her need to see justice done as if I was feeling them myself.  That makes for an intensely satisfying read.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who who enjoys a well crafted mystery suspense.  This is not a cozy mystery, it is much more hard core.  But that is okay, if you want to read a real thriller, then this book is for you.  My mom really loved this author and reread her books often.  I can see why my mom liked her so much.  I do too.

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



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