“Among the Wicked” was written by Linda Castillo and is one book in the Kate Burkholder series. One of her novels was adapted into a Lifetime original movie. I have read her work before and knew I was destined for a long time on the couch reading this book. In fact, I finished it in record time because each time the page was turned, something exciting happened. In this particular novel, Kate Burkholder, an ex-Amish Chief of Police in Painters Mill, Ohio, is called upon by the state police in New York to go undercover to find out just what is happening in a very remote and rural Amish community near Roaring Springs, New York. Something sinister is going on. There has been the discovery of a young Amish girl frozen to death. The Amish community is not talking. There is a new bishop who has taken over the community and with his rule, the Amish seemingly are running scared. Kate is called upon because she speaks Pennsylvania Dutch and because she knows the ways of the Amish.
From chapter one on, the suspense heightened with each page. I literally carried this book with me everywhere in order to take each opportunity to read on. Kate is undercover as an Amish widow and is put in mortal danger. I think I held my breath throughout one whole chapter. I’m sure that anyone enjoying crime and mystery novels will love this one.
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 under cover. 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.