Her Last Breath

Her Last Breath

Paperback - 2016
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A hit-and-run accident tears an Amish community apart in this novel of breathless suspense from New York Times bestselling author Linda Castillo.

It's a rainy night in Painter's Mill when, from out of nowhere, a speeding car comes hurtling toward an Amish man and his three children. What at first seems like a tragic but routine car accident becomes personal for Chief of Police Kate Burkholder when she discovers that the victims are the family of her childhood friend, Mattie.
"A stunner."-- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

As Kate delves into the investigation, she comes face-to-face with her own Amish past and memories of growing up with Mattie, an extraordinary beauty for whom trouble has never been far behind. Is there something more to this mysterious car crash that killed Mattie's husband? What is Mattie hiding--and who is she trying to protect? Meanwhile, Mattie's son--the only one who really knows what happened--clings to life in the hospital, unable to communicate. Desperate for answers, Kate slowly uncovers the trail of a stone-cold killer--one who is likely living among the Amish, and calls into question everything and everyone Kate has ever known...in Her Last Breath.

"Masterful."-- Booklist (starred review)

Publisher: New York, NY : St. Martin's Paperbacks, c2016
ISBN: 9781250105523
Branch Call Number: PB FIC CAS
Characteristics: viii, 357 pages ; 17 cm


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Dec 04, 2017

This is the 2nd book I've read in this series--probably not in the right order, but I enjoyed both of them. Besides a good mystery, there is some delving into characters personal lives that is interesting.

Aug 20, 2016

This is the fifth book in the Kate Burkholder series set in Amish country in Ohio. Kate, the police chief, was raised in the faith, but was excommunicated. She still has conflicts about her loyalty to the Amish community versus the "English" as they call the outsiders. The mysteries usually involve the Amish people as victims and / or perpetrators of crimes. The books are nice, solid mystery / police procedural reads. As with all series I always recommend starting with the first in the set, as the history of the main character explains her subsequent behaviors / conflicts. If you are wondering.... a good source to find the first in almost any author's series is " Fantastic Fiction" a GREAT website!!!!

Sep 09, 2015

Pleasantly surprised by this book, much better than I expected. Castillo seems to be running out of room for the setting of her novels before she runs totally runs out plot credibility. This one, however, was quite entertaining and I did not expect the twist at the end

ukiechick Sep 09, 2014

Great book could not put this one down cant wait to read next book

rusputin Aug 23, 2014

give the Amish a rest. read 1 book you read them all

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "An interesting story about murder in the Amish community. We get to know the sheriff- Kate Burkholder- as she works to solve the case. A good insight into the Amish way of life."

Jul 14, 2014

I'm a fan of Linda Castillo's Kate Burkholder series, and Her Last Breath didn't disappoint. The book slammed me with heartbreak at the very start. An Amish man -- obviously a loving husband and father -- and his three children are broadsided by a speeding truck that has been modified to cause the greatest possible destruction. Only the oldest child survives. Kate Burkholder and her team must trace the clues back to the murderer. Adding to the intrigue of this particular novel are Kate's ambiguous relationship with John Tomasetti and the discovery of bones that relate to a well-guarded secret in Kate's own past.

Once or twice in Castillo's previous novels, I've figured out who the badguy was before the big reveal. Not so in Her Last Breath. In this case, the moment of revelation itself was unexpected, not to mention the fact that I didn't remotely suspect the perpetrator's identity. I also liked that, once the murderer was revealed, the resolution didn't come immediately.

Castillo's next book in the series, The Dead Will Tell, comes out next week. I'll be in line.

Jan 21, 2014

Very interesting books that always keep my interest. Look forward to her new books

Dec 21, 2013


Oct 09, 2013

This was not what I expected. Finding swear words within the first few pages, I was done with it. It's going back to the library. Not for me.

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