Sworn to Silence

Sworn to Silence

Book - 2009 | 1st ed.
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A killer is preying on sacred ground....

In the sleepy rural town of Painters Mill, Ohio, the Amish and "English" residents have lived side by side for two centuries. But sixteen years ago, a series of brutal murders shattered the peaceful farming community. In the aftermath of the violence, the town was left with a sense of fragility, a loss of innocence. Kate Burkholder, a young Amish girl, survived the terror of the Slaughterhouse Killer but came away from its brutality with the realization that she no longer belongedwith the Amish.

Now, a wealth of experience later, Kate has been asked to return to Painters Mill as Chief of Police. Her Amish roots and big city law enforcement background make her the perfect candidate. She's certain she's come to terms with her past--until the first body is discovered in a snowy field. Kate vows to stop the killer before he strikes again. But to do so, she must betray both her family and her Amish past--and expose a dark secret that could destroy her.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312374976
Branch Call Number: CASTI
Characteristics: 321 p.


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Jan 10, 2018

The crimes are really brutal and disturbing, but the characters and their relationships are very interesting. Characters with alot of baggage dealing with new relationships and these characters begin to "know thyself"

CRRL_MegRaymond Dec 18, 2017

Kate survived a brutal crime wave in her small, rural Amish village. Now she is back as Chief of Police, and must face the fears and memories that returning home has brought back.

Aug 20, 2016

First book in a very nice series. Police Chief Kate Burkholder who has left her Amish community must solve murders involving the people of her heritage. Add to this the fact that she has a major secret in her past, and you have a complicated situation of trying to get the people she rejected to cooperate in the investigations. Nice character development.

Aug 17, 2016

Wonderful stories, easy to read and follow! Great character development! Amish life is fascinating! Really adds to the stories!
The only criticism I would have are the graphic scenes of the crime! Was a bit much for me! I wish the Author would tone these down!

May 28, 2015

The author has a real knack for description. More than a knack; it’s a real talent. Descriptions of people, places, moods, weather, all come alive. The main character is well-developed, somewhat original (an Amish female), and likeable. I got about halfway through the book thinking it would be getting five stars in my review. Then it began to suffer from all the usual problems. All the other characters were one-dimensional and hackneyed – the tough, underappreciated black cop, the loopy switchboard girl, the politician sheriff, and of course the dark, hard-drinking, bad boy state agent (male) to create sexual tension and work effectively by breaking the rules. The author also seems to feel obligated to paint us a picture of as much gore and sadistic torture as possible, pandering to the readership’s worst elements. I figured out who the murderer was well before it was revealed, and when it was revealed it was done so clumsily it was a big letdown. The killer turned into a comic book villain in an instant, a Jekyll and Hyde transformation. Still, it held my interest up to the end. It helped that the reader on the audiobook was a particularly good actress.

gdifranco Aug 30, 2014

The first of Linda Castillo's crime series featuring Painter's Mill Chief of Police Kate Burkholder. I started reading this series with a later title and enjoyed it so much I decided to go back and read the series in order. I like the insights she gives to the Amish way of life and thinking. I'm looking forward to continuing to rear other titles in the series.

Jul 30, 2014

very good

ukiechick Jul 30, 2014

Great book if you want to read this series I suggest you read this book first then pray for silence you also must read this author in chronological order now reading the second in series pray for silence.

Feb 06, 2014

this is the first book i have read of this author, and most likely also the last one. too graphic and violent scenes for my taste, not too mention the thrown in f-bombs right from the start. give me a Henning Mankell book any day over this one. his books can be graphic as well, but the story telling is much better

Nov 04, 2013

Great book for an early author. A little gruesome, some bad language, but a great mystery. Castillo's books get better and better.

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Nov 09, 2012

jerezaa thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over


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