• The Hidden One

  • A Novel of Suspense (Kate Burkholder, Book 14)
  • By: Linda Castillo
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (443 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Kathleen McInerney’s narration is as always fantastic, she places just the right tone and emotion to every situation giving the listener an edge over readers."—The Reading Frenzy on The Hidden One 

This program is read by longtime series and award-winning narrator, Kathleen McInerney.

The discovery of an Amish bishop's remains leads chief of police Kate Burkholder to unearth a chilling secret in The Hidden One, a new thriller from bestselling author Linda Castillo.

Over a decade ago, beloved Amish bishop Ananias Stoltzfus disappeared without a trace. When skeletal remains showing evidence of foul play are unearthed, his disappearance becomes even more sinister.

The town’s elders arrive in Painters Mill to ask chief of police Kate Burkholder for help, but she quickly realizes she has a personal connection to the crime. The handsome Amish man who stands accused of the murder, Jonas Bowman, was Kate’s first love. Forced to confront a painful episode from her past, Kate travels to Pennsylvania’s Kishacoquillas Valley, where the Amish culture differs dramatically from the traditions she knows. Though Bishop Stoltzfus was highly respected, she soon hears about a dark side to this complex man. What was he hiding that resulted in his own brutal death?

Someone doesn’t want Kate asking questions. But even after being accosted and threatened in the dead of night, she refuses to back down. Is she too close to the case—and to Jonas—to see clearly? There’s a killer in the Valley who will stop at nothing to keep the past buried. Will they get to Kate before she can expose the truth? Or will the bishop’s secrets remain hidden forever?

A Macmillan Audio production from Minotaur Books.

©2022 Linda Castillo (P)2022 Macmillan Audio

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Always Expect Excellence!!!!

The Kate Burkholder series is one I know I can always count on for a unique story that will keep me interested and entertained. The uniqueness is due to the setting in the Amish community. That Kate used to be Amish and left the fold both helps and hurts when she investigates a crime. Many practicing Amish do not want to have anything to do with her but there are the exceptions who welcome her. As in this book, knowing that the Amish people are pacifists, Kate has a hard time accepting that her old friend could be capable of murder.
Out of her jurisdiction with no help (and some opposition) from the local Sheriff’s office Kate is on her own. When a predawn warrant is served on her friend’s family, Kate is completely blocked from any information.
This book is fast paced and very suspenseful. It has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!!
Kathleen McInerney does a first rate job narrating.
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Enjoyed the book, but I needed more

I absolutely love Linda Castillo (Kate Burkholder Series) of books! And Kathleen McInerney delivers on point at all times; she is an amazing narrator of any book she lends her voice too.
I understand the storyline for this new book, it takes us back to Kates younger days and fills in the gaps nicely. Don't get me wrong, it was a good read/listen, however it was missing the Painters Mill cast of characters. We only get a small glimpse of Kates team at the police station and snippets of Tomasetti.
A nice read, good story, but missing the normal element of Painters Mill characters and edge of your seat intrigue.

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A hit and a miss

I had this on pre- order for months and it’s the first in the series that I’ve been disappointed in. The author gave away so many spoilers that I worked out the plot a few chapters in and then had to painfully wait for the story to catch up. The flash backs to Kate’s past were unnecessary and served no purpose except to draw out the story. I hope the next one is better.

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Classic and Predictable

I pre-purchase the books in the series before the release date, however, for this one I could have waited as I feel like I've seen this story line multiple times. I usually finish the book within 3 days, but this time it took me almost a week, as I wanted to just get to end to see if there was a real break in the predicted writing....f I were new to this series, I would have given it a getter rating.

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another good one

great book and nice story line. listened to it in 2 days. highly recommend

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another engaging book with Amish angle

read many of her books which are both action and interesting spiritually at the same time!

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Best

This is the author’s best book to date. Books don’t often make me cry. It was so poignant and mysterious at the same time!

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Romance

This was one of the best in the entire series! And although I can barely tolerate a romance, this has the sweetest story in the background. I give this an A+++++

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NIce change of scene

Contrary to some of the reviews found this installment refreshing and less repetitious .This was Kate’s story and she handled it quite well on her own

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Amazing!

As usual, Linda Castillo does not disappoint. I've read all of her books and will continue to do so.

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  • 07-08-22

Getting formulaic, predictable and hence boring

Lots of repeating of stuff in previous books. Formula is becoming extremely predictable. I think the author has run out of ideas and needs to bring this series to a close and then try something new. The continuous harping back to the heroine's back story is also tedious.People leave the religion of their youth, they get over it and and then get on with their lives. Shame, because I enjoyed the series at the beginning , I just think it has now lost all its freshness and needs to be brought to a conclusion..

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