Wednesday, June 27, 2018
In Dark Company by Linda Castillo
It's 4 AM when Burkholder, Chief of Police in Painters Mill, Ohio, receives a phone call that there's a battered young woman who took refuge at an Amish couple's house, saying someone is trying to kill her. Kate finds a young woman in her late teens or early twenties, dressed in unfamiliar clothes, missing a shoe, and speaking a dialect of Deitsh, Pennsylvania Dutch, that Burkholder doesn't recognize. John Tomasetti, Kate's significant other, and an agent with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, finds evidence of a chase through the fields, including a man's heavy prints and tire tracks. But, the young woman can't tell anyone who she is.
Once Burkholder's "Jane Doe" is in the hospital, she can begin her investigation. And, that's where I'll stop with a plot summary. This is a novella, and if I continue, you won't want to read the story.
Obviously, there's little space for character development in a lengthy short story. However, Castillo is skilled at developing suspense. There's danger to Kate and the young woman, as Burkholder uncovers the truth and a reason for attempted murder.
In Dark Company is just a taste of Castillo's writing. Fans will be waiting for A Gathering of Secrets.
Linda Castillo's website is www.lindacastillo.com
In Dark Company by Linda Castillo. Minotaur Books, 2018. 69 pages.
FTC Full Disclosure - I bought a copy of the ebook.