This is the first book in the Kate Burkholder series set in Ohio Amish country. Kate Burkholder grew up Amish but a horrific incident in her teen years caused her to rebel against her heritage. Now she is chief of Police in the nearby town of Painters Mill. When the tortured remains of young women begin to show up, they show signs of the MO of a serial rapist/killer who had been active when Kate lived there before. The man who raped her. The man she shot. The man her family buried. Could he have survived to kill again? Will Kate have to sacrifice her career in law enforcement to finally bring him to justice?
The descriptions are gritty and the characters are flawed but the plot is anything but predictable.