A deadly fire exposes the dark side of Amish life in this harrowing thriller by bestselling author Linda Castillo.
When a historic barn in Painters Mill burns to the ground in the middle of the night, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called in to investigate. At first, it looks like an accident. But when the body of eighteen-year-old Daniel Gingerich is found inside—burned alive—Kate suspects murder. Who would want a well-liked, hardworking young Amish man dead?
Kate delves into the investigation only to find herself stonewalled by the peaceful, religious community to which she once belonged. Is their silence a result of the Amish tenet of separation? Kate doubles down on her search for the truth only to discover a whole new world of secrets—and a chilling series of crimes that shatters everything she thought she knew about her Amish roots…and herself. As Kate wades through a sea of suspects, she’s confronted by her own violent past and an unthinkable possibility…
“Another rewarding crime novel that looks beyond the idealized image of the Amish.”—Kirkus reviews