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Die Zahlen der Toten: Thriller (edition 2010)

by Linda Castillo, Helga Augustin (Übersetzer)

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Title:Die Zahlen der Toten: Thriller
Authors:Linda Castillo
Other authors:Helga Augustin (Übersetzer)
Info:Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag (2010), Ausgabe: 9, Taschenbuch, 432 Seiten
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Rating:*****
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Sworn to Silence (Kate Burkholder) by Linda Castillo

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Sworn to Silence
4.5 Stars

16 years ago, Painter’s Mill, Ohio was in the grips of terror with a vicious serial killer attacking young women and carving Roman numerals into their bodies. The killer disappeared suddenly, but has apparently returned and police chief, Kate Burkholder, must face the ghosts of her past if she is to stop the deaths before they hit too close to home.

A gripping thriller with captivating characters who are all too human. It should be noted that the book contains a high level of violence and numerous grisly descriptions, and may not be for readers with a weaker stomach.

The murder plot is intense and the gritty descriptions heighten the tension and suspense throughout the story, especially during the climax when it is impossible not to wonder just how far things will go. The ending is somewhat predictable and it is relatively easy to figure out the culprit’s identity by following the clues. Nevertheless, Sworn to Silence is an exciting and satisfying read.

Kate Burkholder is a woman caught between two worlds and trying to find where she belongs. She has a strong core of honesty and integrity yet struggles to reconcile her past with her profession as a cop. One aspect that did make me wonder was why she was so convinced that her attacker and the killer were one and the same? I put it down to her Amish background and naiveté of the outside world.

John Tomasetti is just as compelling and the fact that he is not judgmental or hypocritical only adds to his appeal. He is also quite damaged in his own right, which is not unexpected given the tragedy that has befallen him, and seems to have reached a critical point where he needs to decide to give in or move on with his life. He and Kate have an intriguing relationship and it will be interesting to see how it develops in the future.

Castillo does a fantastic job fleshing out the secondary cast whether it be Kate’s fellow officers, the townsfolk, the members of the Amish community, the victims and even the killer. All are people with very human strengths and weaknesses to define them.

In terms of the audio narration, the POV is a mix of 1st person for the main character and 3rd person for secondary characters. Kathleen McInerney's narration is solid and she does a good job with the transitions between POVs. She is particularly good at adding emotional nuance to the voices.

All in all, a thrilling start to the series with just the right mix of action, mystery and romance. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
Chilling, riveting, dark and disturbing with damaged characters trying to hold it together in the most desperate of circumstances. The inner and external conflict between the Amish and the English is complex, especially as it plays out in the Chief of Police Kate Burkholder who was born Amish. The isolation and the cold icy small town in January echo the desolation of the characters and the evil that is being played out there. It was engrossing and left me wanting more. Perhaps, more than anything, I was left hoping that Kate and John would find redemption. The beginnings of hope appear when each reveals long-held dark secrets that haunt them. The truth begins to set them free, but they have a long journey ahead. I recommend this book for fans of CSI and similar programs. Be forewarned: no gruesome detail is spared and the language is often foul. But if you like edgier books as I do, you will enjoy this thriller. The best part is that Sworn to Silence is the first of an ongoing series featuring this Amish girl turned police chief. ( )
  TheLoopyLibrarian | Jul 26, 2016 |
I couldn't put it down. Anxious to see if her other novels are as excellent. ( )
  judybooklady | Jun 29, 2016 |
This was a very enjoyable read which I gave 4.5 stars. I look forward to continuing thus series. A gritty read but used to great effect and supports the plot without being sensationalist. Good to see a strong female lead and the Amish Community context gave an extra layer to the book. ( )
  Andrew-theQM | Jun 20, 2016 |
Sworn to Silence takes place in Painter's Mill, Ohio, a little town in Amish Country. Painter's Mill has not experienced any violent crime for the past sixteen years when the Slaughterhouse Killer suddenly disappeared. Police Chief Kate Burkholder and her force of three rarely have more to do than chase a few cows off the main road until the night one of her officers finds a body in a snowy ditch by the side of the road. Carved in the young woman's nude body were the Roman numerals, XXIII, one of the signatures of the Slaughterhouse Killer.

Kate Burkholder is scared, not just because the Slaughterhouse Killer has returned, but because of her dark and deeply hidden secret. If her past is exposed it will destroy her career and ruin her family's reputation. She was certain the Slaughterhouse Killer was dead but these murders have her doubting what really happened.

Linda Castillo's pace in Sworn to Silence was terrific. I found her main character a little unbelievable at times and the romantic tension between Kate and the BCI officer, John Tomasetti, a little forced. I liked the mystery being set in the Amish community and that Kate had grown up Amish. There are enough plot twists that we don't guess who the Slaughterhouse Killer is until shortly before the author reveals the name. The first few pages hooked me and it became a race to the end. It looks like it's going to be a terrific series and I plan to read them all.
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  Olivermagnus | Jun 16, 2016 |
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Forwith the devil did appear, For name him and he's always near. ~Matthew Prior, "Hans Carvel"
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I'm one of those writers lucky enough to have a strong support system that sustains me in the long and sometimes difficult months it takes to write a novel. This book is dedicated to my husband, Ernest, who just happens to be my real-life hero. And to Jack and Debbie for that wonderful trip to Amish country. I love you guys.
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She hadn't believed in monsters since she was six years old, back when her mom would check the closet and look beneath her bed at night.
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Kate Burkholder, a former Amish resident of Painters Mill, is returning as police chief sixteen years after a series of brutal murders took place there, but when a new victim is found under her watch, she struggles with a secret that could hurt both her and her family.… (more)

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