Pray for Silence: A Thriller (Kate Burkholder)

By Linda Castillo
Publisher:Minotaur Books, (6/22/2010)

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New York Times bestselling author Linda Castillo delivers an electrifying thriller in which Chief of Police Kate Burkholder must confront a dark evil to solve the mysterious murders of an entire Amish family.

The Plank family moved from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to join the small Amish community of Painters Mill less than a year ago and seemed the model of the Plain Life—until on a cold October night, the entire family of seven was found slaughtered on their farm.  Police Chief Kate Burkholder and her small force have few clues, no motive, and no suspect.  Formerly Amish herself, Kate is no stranger to the secrets the Amish keep from the English—and each other—but this crime is horribly out of the ordinary.

            State agent John Tomasetti arrives on the scene to assist.  He and Kate worked together on a previous case during which they began a volatile relationship.  They soon realize the disturbing details of this case will test their emotional limits and force them to face demons from their own troubled pasts—and for Kate, a personal connection that is particularly hard to bear.

            When she discovers a diary that belonged to one of the teenaged daughters, Kate is shocked to learn the girl kept some very dark secrets and may have been living a lurid double life.  Who is the charismatic stranger who stole the young Amish girl’s heart? Could the brother—a man with a violent past, rejected and shunned by his family and the Amish community, have come to seek out revenge?  As Kate’s outrage grows so does her resolve to find the killer and bring him to justice—even if it means putting herself in the line of fire.

            Topping her own bestselling debut, Linda Castillo once again immerses us in the world of the Amish with a chilling story that is both a fast-paced thriller and intriguing psychological puzzle.

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Alice_Wonder's thoughts on "Pray for Silence: A Thriller (Kate Burkholder)"
updated on:10/1/2010

I listened to the audio book of the first in this series. Police Chief Kate Burkholder is an interesting and complex person. I can tell that her relationship with John Tomasetti will go up and down and on and off in further books in the series. There were many things that were hard to determine if they were red herrings or if they would eventually tie into the crime.

Several times I wanted to point out to Burkholder to follow up on certain clues and to look at someone as a suspect. I was right in several instances but made the same erroneous assumptions as Burkholder that brought about the suspenseful ending.

Many of the details in this book are gruesome and heart wrenching. I don't know enough to determine if Castillo's details about Amish life are accurate, but they appear to be. Chief Burkholder is a part of both the English and the Amish worlds. Her conflicting emotions and ongoing personal struggles make her a more believable character.

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"Pray for Silence: A Thriller (Kate Burkholder)"
By Linda Castillo

Average Rating:
Very Unleashable
4.00 out of 5 (1 Clubie's ratings)

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