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Down a Dark Road

A Kate Burkholder Novel
Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
Series: Kate Burkholder Series, Book 9
Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
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Publisher's Summary

This program is read by series narrator Kathleen McInerney.

"McInerney's masterly technique makes aural 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, even at a sometimes blistering pace." - AudioFile Magazine on Among the Wicked

In Down a Dark Road, this electrifying new thriller audiobook in Linda Castillo's New York Times best-selling series, a convicted murderer is on the run and Chief of Police Kate Burkholder must catch him before he strikes again.

Two years ago Joseph King was convicted of murdering his wife and sentenced to life in prison. He was a "fallen" Amish man and, according to local law enforcement, a known drug user with a violent temper. Now King has escaped, and he's headed for Painters Mill.

News of a murderer on the loose travels like wildfire and putting Chief of Police Kate Burkholder and her team of officers on edge. A nightmare scenario becomes reality when King shows up with a gun and kidnaps his five children from their Amish uncle's house. He's armed and desperate with nothing left to lose.

Fearing for the safety of the children, Kate leaps into action, but her frantic search for a killer leads her into an ambush. When King releases her unharmed, asking her to prove his innocence, she begins to wonder whether the police are hiding something, and she embarks on her own investigation to discover the truth.

©2017 Linda Castillo (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"Murder in Amish country has a certain added frisson, and Castillo's the master of the genre." ( People)

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  • Lia
  • 12-10-2018

Another Great Installment To The Series

I've enjoyed every book in the Kate Burkholder series so far.

I noticed a (very) few comments saying "Down a Dark Road" was too predictable, the same premise as previous works, etc.. Personally, based on what I've seen or read both on the news or read in novels; murder, mystery and suspense are, unfortunately, bottomless pit genres in both fiction and real life. If there WERE limits to the base category, we'd never have had a reason to form our own city's police forces let alone consider state or federal bureaus of investigation.

Consider the TV show, "Criminal Minds" and what we've learned about "un-subs" in the world of fiction. Also, "Law and Order" and its many spin-offs, "C.S.I., [name that city], etc." All were (or are) pretty predictable but look how long they were (and still are), on the air in both original formats and reruns. And many of us probably sit and watch them all, over and over.

I happen to feel comfortable with a familiarity of characters and settings. It allows me to try to figure out who, what, why, and so on, without trying to remember new background details about the settings every single time. And, while I can certainly understand how some people might find them predictable; to me, that makes them no less enjoyable to read.

So, I'll be watching and waiting for Ms. Castillo's next Kate Burkholder novel. She hasn't let me down yet and I seriously doubt she will because, regardless of the category, there are still many sub-plots, conclusions and stones left unturned.

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  • MeDi
  • 21-07-2017

Down a Dark Road

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A very suspenseful book that will kept you at the edge of your seat. It's worth the credit

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  • Washington State
  • 26-07-2017

As Expected from Linda Castillo.

Good as always expected from Linda Castillo. Worth purchasing and you won't want to stop listening.

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  • Kelly Burrow
  • 20-07-2017

No words to describe how much I enjoy these books!!!

The narration is spot on!! As always! The story keeps me engaged every minute!! I am so sad it is over and I can't wait for the next one!!!!!!

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  • Love2Listen
  • 15-07-2017

Down A Dark Road does not disappoint!

Down A Dark Road is the ninth book in The Kate Burkholder series by Linda Castillo and it does not disappoint.
First I'd like to say that the narrator, Kathleen McInerney is by far one of the best narrators out there. We all know narration can help make or break an audiobook and McInerney's delivery undoubtedly helps make this a hit. I'm amazed at how she's able to make each of the characters distinct and recognizable by giving them the perfect voice. Great job!!!
Secondly, Linda Castillo has "slam dunked" another hit in this series. From the time I started listening to Down A Dark Road I found myself immersed within it, ignoring everyone and everything until the audiobook was finished. I especially love how with each book in this series Castillo's words allow us small glimpses into the private lives of the Amish. She is a talented mystery writer who keeps readers on the edge of their seats & spices things up by adding a splash of romance to the mix. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This series continues to be a compelling "listen" for me and always leaves me wanting more. Well worth the credit.

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  • Kristina Brown
  • 14-07-2017

Not the Best but I LOVE Burkholder

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I am not sure I would have stayed engaged in the book had I not been a huge Kate Burkholder fan. It was not quite as good as the rest.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

It was pretty suspenseful, overall I'm happy with it.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Kathleen McInerney?

Yes.

Do you think Down a Dark Road needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. It ended in a way that needed no follow up.

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I love Kate Burkholder series. Kathleen Mclnerney does a good job with narration but after listening to the whole series her voice seemed way different on this audio book. I wasn't thrilled with the disconnect.

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 12-07-2017

Another great work

Hooray! Another Linda Castillo book.

This was my favorite of the last few - and all were great. The story starts out with a bang. Literally. The little girl tore my heart out. And that's just the prologue.

My issue with the last few books has been the relationship between Kate and Tomasetti. In this book, they both are pretty open with their feelings. Finally!

This was great.

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  • Tiffany M
  • 25-05-2019

Great Narration

I liked how the story wasn't easily solved in the first half. The relationship between kate and her husband (if I remember correctly) Felt real. He really helped put things into perspective And seemed like an all around good guy. Kate was a great remale lead. She never backed down or gave up and didn't let her emotions get in the way. It was an interesting technique to slowly incorporate information and memories from kate and Joseph's past.
The Narrator's voice work well with the Character. She came off Confident and Self- Assured. The pacing wasn't bad either. The author knew a lot of information about kate's occupancy. Either Linda did a lot of research or has experience in the field and it shows.

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  • JoAnn
  • 13-05-2019

Awesome book

This was a great book enjoyed it easy to listen too my hats off
To Linda

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  • Linda D. Hare
  • 11-12-2018

Enjoyable read.

Very entertaining. Keeps the listener engaged and wanting more. Recommend this book, but was surprised at the language.

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  • Frances
  • 20-08-2018

Thrilling

This series is still keeping me highly entertained, always suspenseful, with characters that you care about. With good varied plots . This has become one of my all time favourite series.

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  • H
  • 29-07-2017

great story,

loved this book. the storyline was gripping, once I started listening I couldn't stop. I will be waiting with anticipation for her next book!