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Pray for Silence by Linda Castillo

Pray for Silence

by Linda Castillo

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The second book in the Kate Burkholder series by Linda Castillo, Pray for Silence opens with one of Painter’s Mills' deputies discovering multiple deaths at an Amish farm. Seven people are dead – the father (with a gun in his hand) and his 2 sons in the house, the mother clutching an infant dead in the yard and the 2 teenage daughters tortured and killed in the barn. At first, the scene looks like a case of murder-suicide – but is it? As Chief of Police Kate Burkholder and her team work the scene, many things just don’t add up.

Chief of Police Kate Burkholder and her team work with scene with the help of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation. With so many victims and the conflicting evidence, the local police immediately bring in the state investigators. John Tomasetti – Kate’s occasional lover - arrives along with the BCI team. Unknown to Kate, John has his own issues that he is dealing with – both personally and professionally. Kate and John travel down a dark, twisted path as they work to solve this crime.

Definitely a good read and one which continues to build the reader’s confidence in Chief Burkholder and her team. The reader can understand Kate’s pain as she struggles to reconcile her Amish upbringing with her current life among “the English.” The deaths are gruesome but not overly detailed. I will be reading more in this series.

Rating: 4 ( )
  bhabeck | Apr 4, 2017 |
Pray for Silence
5 Stars

Painter’s Mill Chief of Police, Kate Burkholder, is called to a horrific crime scene at the Plank farm where the entire family has been brutally murdered. As the Planks secrets slowly come to light, Kate uncovers a depraved web of evil that threatens the peace and tranquility of her supposedly innocent small town.

Intense from the very first with a crime that is both heartbreaking and sickening.
***Warning:*** The descriptions of the crimes are dark, disturbing and even stomach churning.

The villain is an exceedingly cold-blooded and twisted sociopath. The suspect pool is varied, and even though some are obviously red herrings, it is still difficult to narrow down the focus despite the obvious motive and clues that lean in a particular direction. In this respect, Castillo’s writing and plotting is excellent as she keeps you guessing right up until the end. Nevertheless, I did manage to figure out most of it - I had the right suspects but the wrong hierarchy.

Kate’s relationship with state agent John Tomasetti is very complex. Although they are open and honest with one another about their personal issues and conflicted feelings, they are wary of taking things to the next, emotional level. It will be interesting to see where this goes as they both desperately deserve to be happy.

All in all, an excellently paced story with a hard pounding climax and satisfying resolution. Kathleen McInerny’s narration is gripping and the last 2 hours had me on the edge of my seat. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
My first book of Linda Castillo was very exciting experience. Story was well-organized and written in a way that readers feel the story with their bones. You can count all of the individual steps from the beginning up to the very end. Recently I've read some books in this genre, they were good but most of them lack something i think. Some of them don't have reasonable ending or even not an end at all. Some of them are not written well. This book was as great as the "caught" by Harlan Coben or books of Tess Gerritsen. Specially the author managed to wrap up all of the details at the end so you don't feel something is missed. I recommend it to everyone. ( )
  timaz | Sep 18, 2016 |
This was an interesting instalment, Kate Burkholder is still trying to balance her former Amish life with her modern life and being chief of police isn't helping. But she's mostly happy, except when one of her men finds a slaughtered Amish family and her investigations lead her down some deep dark places that make her very sad for the slaughtered innocents, and very angry at the people who brought her here.

It's an interesting read but had in places.

I'm enjoying Kate and John and this world the author has created. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Jul 23, 2016 |
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One family. One horrific murder. An entire town under suspicion…

The Planks moved from Lancaster County Pennsylvania to the small Amish community of Painters Mill, hoping to resume the comforts of the Plain Life in Ohio. Less than one year later, the family of seven is found dead—slaughtered on their own farm.

“Shades of In Cold Blood . . . Another chilling thriller.”—People magazine

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 their “English” neighbors—and each other. When the diary belonging to the rebellious teenager Mary Plank turns up, Kate is surprised to find not only a kindred spirit but a murder suspect: the charismatic stranger who stole Mary’s heart.

“Violent and earthy, and completely impossible to put down.”—BookPage

Then there’s Mary’s brother, Aaron. Shunned by his family and the rest of the Amish community, could he have returned to seek revenge? Now it’s up to Kate to search for some dark truths about the Planks—and confront long-buried secrets of her own. As Kate’s obsession with the case grows so does her resolve to bring the killer to justice—even if it means putting herself into the line of fire .

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This series continues to be very interesting. Enjoyed learning more about Kate's secrets and her relationship with Tomaselli. The murders were gruesome but bearable to read as long as you don't dwell on what happened. There are good twists and turns and holds your interest right to the end! Great series and I will read on!" ( )
  EadieB | Jun 1, 2016 |
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“It’s shades of In Cold Blood when a family of seven is brutally murdered at their home in Painters Mill, Ohio. But the Plank family was Amish—and their teenage daughter was flirting outside the fold. Another chilling thriller by the author of 2009’s Sworn to Silence."
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Painters Mill is an idyllic small town in Ohio’s Amish country. But even the most peaceful of landscapes is not immune to violent crime. The second installment in Castillo’s strong series (after Sworn to Silence, 2009) finds Police Chief Kate Burkholder once again face-to-face with pure evil. This time around it’s the murder of the Planks, an Amish family who invited trouble when pretty 15-year-old daughter Mary became enamored with a non-Amish man, who seduced her and documented their sexual episodes on tape. The case rattles Burkholder, who left the Amish faith as a teenager after she was raped by an Amish man. Helping her through the stressful investigation is John Tomasetti, a big-city cop battling his own demons (his wife and young daughters were murdered a few years before). The two had a brief affair, but time has passed and both have hesitations about rekindling the romance. They have plenty to distract them as they search for a killer who may have more sinister acts in store. Though the plot fizzles a bit at the end, a unique setting and a very human heroine make this a good recommendation for readers seeking an alternative to the urban whodunit.
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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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