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In New York Times best-selling author Linda Castillo’s new thriller Fallen, a rebellious Amish woman leaves the Plain life, but the secrets she takes with her will lead Chief of Police Kate Burkholder down a dark path to danger and death.

When a young woman is found murdered in a Painters Mill motel, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is shocked to discover she once knew the victim. Rachael Schwartz was a charming but troubled Amish girl who left the fold years ago and fled Painters Mill. Why was she back in town? And who would kill her so brutally?

Kate remembers Rachael as the only girl who was as bad at being Amish as Kate was - and those parallels dog her. But the more Kate learns about Rachael's life, the more she's convinced that her dubious reputation was deserved. As a child, Rachael was a rowdy rulebreaker whose decision to leave devastated her parents and best friend. As an adult, she was charismatic and beautiful, a rabble-rouser with a keen eye for opportunity no matter who got in her way. Her no-holds-barred lifestyle earned her a lot of love and enemies aplenty - both English and Amish.  

As the case heats to a fever pitch and long-buried secrets resurface, a killer haunts Painters Mill. Someone doesn’t want Rachael’s past - or the mysteries she took with her to the grave - coming to light. As Kate digs deeper, violence strikes again, this time hitting close to home. Will Kate uncover the truth and bring a murderer to justice? Or will a killer bent on protecting a terrible past stop her once and for all - and let the fallen be forgotten?  

A Macmillan Audio production from Minotaur Books

Praise for Kathleen McInerney as Kate Burkholder in other audiobooks:

"McInerney shifts seamlessly between the many secondary characters, drawing in listeners as the plot unfolds." (AudioFile magazine on A Gathering of Secrets)

"Kathleen McInerney does an excellent job of portraying this diverse cast.... Although the brutality in the story can be quite disturbing in places, McInerney’s grounded reading keeps it from feeling gratuitous. A compelling listen, well-written and expertly narrated." (Publishers Weekly on Pray for Silence)

"McInerney's masterly technique makes aurel sense of the plain and kind Amish people bewildered by the violence, thuggery, and corruption that have come among them. McInerney's characters are alive, all human and believable." (AudioFile magazine on Among the Wicked)

©2021 Linda Castillo (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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Excellent Writing - Believable Characters...

Love this new book in the Kate Burkholder series. For anyone who hasn’t read this series you can begin with this book because all are standalone novels. I would suggest listening to the series in order for continuity of relationships and because of character growth and development.
The other thing I really enjoy about these novels is the authentic feel of the story. The characters and plots are both believable and plausible.
This book begins with a woman being beaten beyond recognition in a hotel room. It wasn’t a break in and it is assumed that the victim knew her attacker and let the person in. The murdered woman had grown up Amish. So did Kate Burkholder. She can’t believe someone from the peaceful community she grew up in could commit such a horrendous act. Sometimes you really don’t know the people you think you know!
Kathleen McInerney does a superb job narrating.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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Wonderful!

Another wonderful glimpse into the Amish. But the series is more than that. It’s a series led by a strong woman character. The Chief of Police no less. Kate and Tomasetti are good together and feed off each other’s strengths.

A woman who left the Amish Order and Painter’s Mills returns for some reason and is murdered in a horrible way. The story uses flashbacks to show how Rachael was never going to be a typical Amish girl. Kate actually knew her as a child and felt some sympathy for Rachael’s plight.

The characters are fabulous and I love how they’ve evolved over the series. It helps to read the series from the beginning.

Kathleen McInerney is THE best narrator for this series.

I thought there was another half hour left in the book but there’s an interesting discussion with the author and the narrator at the end.

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Excellent from start to finish!

This far into the series and this book still seems so fresh. I love to learn more about the characters and how they develop each book. I didn't know who did it until the very end. I texted my best friend and told her I thought I had it figured out but boy was I wrong. Love this series and the characters. The narration was spot on perfect. The narrator captures the essence of Kate. You couldn't ask for a better reading. What a perfect team, author and narrator. Five stars all around.

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Who do you believe?

I figured out the bad guy early on. It took a bit longer for the motive. Now to listen again!!!

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"OUTSTANDING"!!!!!

Linda Castillo has delivered an outstanding, thrill ride of a book! Kate Burkholder Series of books are wonderful and this book does not disappoint. Kathleen McInerney delivers a wonderful narration as always.
An amazing read from beginning to end. All our favorite characters are there, Glock, Tomasetti, Pickles, Mona, TJ and Lois.
Full of mystery, intrigue, very descriptive, super suspenseful and keeps you on the edge of your seat till the very end! A must read. Can't wait for the next installment of Kate Burkholder!

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perfect. never disappoints.

loved it. castillo's writing and mcinerney's narration are perfect. draws me in and keeps me there.

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good, be it too formulaic

I always enjoy the Kate Burkholder books. However Castillo relies heavily on a certain formula maybe a little too much. Kate always steps into mortal danger with a naivete bordering on stupidity. in addition I find there are too many clues as to the outcome. I could see the direction and possible murderer way ahead of time,.and I couldn't help but wonder why Kate could not see it, and instead walked right into a life threatening trap. I enjoy the narration very much and overall enjoy the characters and the setting of Painters Mill.

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Outstanding!

I've listened to each of the Kate Burkholder series, and always anxiously await the release of each new book! For me, it is almost like Christmas morning, as a child, when the next edition is released!. i absolutely loved this book and now Can't wait for the next. As aways, the narrator was fabulus!!

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Outstanding

Don’t miss the book. It’s so good.I always think she can’t get any better and then she does.

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Narrator sounds like a grade schooler forced to read in front of the class

This story was great and that was the only reason I pushed through till the end but unwanted to give up so many times after listening to the choppy narrator , bony sure why the author thinks her reading is so great???

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