It's an exciting period of personal discovery and growth. Self-expression includes listening to music and dressing trendy. Some adolescents take it to the extreme, experimenting with alcohol, drugs, and sex. At least eighty percent of Amish teens return to the order and become baptized.
Kate's fluency in Pennsylvania Dutch is an investigative asset when dealing with the Amish; and most are taken aback when she speaks in their tongue: "Guder mariye," I say, bowing my head in respect as I bid them good morning."
Consumed with the missing Amish teens investigation, Kate receives numerous calls from Painters Mill mayor, Augie Brock. His son Bradford, 17, was recently arrested for possession of weed, a meth pipe, and assaulting an officer. The mayor is determined to have Kate drop the charges, insisting Bradford will be ruined if convicted.
Castillo appeared at the Kent State University-Geauga County Campus June 25 during her Gone Missing book tour. She described traveling to Fredericktown, Ohio, her brother-in-law's birthplace, in 2004. Already an accomplished romance writer, it was there she became inspired to juxtaposition the bucolic lifestyle of the Amish against brutal crime. Because, as she says, "Nobody's perfect, not even the Amish."
In Gone Missing, Castillo continues the series' characters' self-exploration and growth. If you've read Castillo's previous books featuring Kate Burkholder, you've undoubtedly been waiting for her next adventure. If you're new to Castillo's narratives, dive in with Gone Missing. Three other entertaining, mysteries await your discovery.