After The Storm (A Kate Burkholder Novel) by Linda Castillo (5 out of 5)

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This is another Kate Burkholder novel in the series.
So yes, you need to read them in order if you can.
This time around, a tornado rips through Painters Mill, and a set of bones are found in an old barn. Kate ends up investigating the bones, but she turns up more questions than answers when it turns out the bones have been there for many years.
In the meantime, she and Tomasetti have been living together for months and things are going ok, until something comes along that neither expects, and they start to lose solid footing.
The crime- what happened to the owner of those bones- was so violent and out there in Castillo’s description of them, that I would recommend not eating when you are reading this book. I have a strong stomach, but even I had to put down my baked potato for this one.
The personal trauma between Kate and Tomasetti is also startingly real and something that couples have gone through, and will continue to go through. And Castillo handles it well. The ending to that segment of the novel? May break your heart. You’ve been warned.
As for the list of possible perpetrators of the whodunit, well, there’s a laundry list, and I had NO idea who or how until almost the very end. It was such a stunning twist that I had to go back and re-read it again, and I was still gasping in shock. So, well done, Linda Castillo! The books in the series are getting back to where they were. The past two it seemed like Kate’s character was dissected in an emotions lab with no break from the head professor. This time, the character seems to have regained her footing. Violent? Yes, this one is a bit more on the “bound to make you queasy” side, but it’s well worth it if you’re a fan of continuity and the series. I can’t wait for her next one.

~ by generationgbooks on July 27, 2015.

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