FICTION

Her Last Breath

Minotaur: St. Martin's. Jun. 2013. 320p. ISBN 9780312658571. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250031549. F
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Police chief Katie Burkholder was the first responder at a horrific crash involving an Amish buggy on a winding Ohio road. She's no stranger to accident scenes, but this case cuts too close to home. Fifteen years have passed since Katie left the Amish community, but she is greatly affected by the accident, which involves the family of her closest childhood friend. A relentless pursuit of the truth leads her to question whether the accident was the result of negligence, or something more sinister. Meanwhile, Katie must confront her personal demons as a new lead in a cold case from her teenage years emerges and threatens to expose a secret that could ultimately jeopardize her career. Katie finds herself straddling two worlds (Amish and English) as she investigates the accident, struggles to keep her teenage secret buried, and confronts relationship issues with her lover.
VERDICT In her fifth installment (after Gone Missing), Castillo combines the simple Amish lifestyle with dizzying hairpin twists and turns, and the result is a mind-blowing read that will keep her fans and mystery readers engrossed. [As a tie-in, Castillo is releasing an e-original short story "Long Gone."—Ed.]

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