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Pray for Silence

by Linda Castillo

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PRAY FOR SILENCE is an intense, gritty mystery that has the main character - Kate Burkholder - reliving some of the trauma that she endured as a young teen. As police chief in usually quiet Painters Mill, Ohio, when Kate is called to the scene of the killing of an entire Amish family, she is plunged into a case that creates echoes of her own past.

The Plank family has been killed from father Amos through baby-in-arms Amos. The father and two sons were shot in the home; the mother and infant were shot running from the house; and the two teenage daughters were tortured and killed in the barn. It is a brutal crime that, at first, looks like a murder-suicide with the father to blame. But inconsistencies have Kate looking further.

Kate calls on her friend, and sometimes lover, John Tomasetti from the Ohio BCI to help her. But Tomasetti is having his own problems. He is currently on administrative leave because of a positive drug test. He turned to alcohol and prescription drug abuse after the deaths of his wife and daughters by a career criminal. Tomasetti was barely holding on and keeping suicide an option when he first met Kate. He is in a little bit better mental shape now partially because he met Kate.

This was definitely a who dunnit sort of story as we watch Kate and Tomasetti investigate. The investigation takes a different turn when fifteen-year-old Mary Plank's diary is discovered and Kate learns that she had a secret English lover who introduced her to sex, drugs, and pornography. Innocent Mary was pulled into a situation she had no way to handle.

I enjoyed the intensity of this story. I ached with both Kate and Tomasetti as they dealt with the psychological pain of their pasts. I recommend this one to mystery lovers. ( )
  kmartin802 | Jul 3, 2014 |
Although I missed this book when it was first released, I'm happy that I have now had the chance to remedy that oversight.

When an entire Amish family is murdered, with the young, teenage girls being tortured horrifically before their eventual death, Police Chief, Kate Burkholder, takes charge of the investigation.

Kate herself was raised Amish but an incident in her early life caused her to break from her community.

Considered an outsider now, Kate still relates to the young girls and is determined to find the motive and person or persons behind these deaths. Calling in her friend and sometimes lover, State Agent John Tomasetti for assistance, their investigation uncovers crimes and acts that affect them both.

I liked Castillo's straight-forward writing style and her character development. A good read that will keep you turning pages. ( )
  cmeilink | Nov 10, 2013 |
I got the first book in this series as a review copy from Amazon and liked it, although it had flaws.

I liked this one more, but the detective characters' angst gets really heavy duty. I'm glad the guy is starting therapy - he needs it.

This one is Amish and the main character is an Amish woman who has left the community and is now the chief of police of the small town.

I love her insights into the relationship of the Amish and the "English" but found the horrific crime and solution somewhat over the top. If she is going to continue with these characters she will need to come to some more stable understanding of the. ( )
  romsfuulynn | Apr 28, 2013 |
Another finished-in-less-than-48-hours book! I loved it! Absolutely devoured it! Can't believe I have to wait until this time next year for another one. The series is fabulous and Castillo's writing style has you hooked from page 1. Another gruesome crime, another gritty case and another completely addictive plot. Excellent! ( )
  tonile.helena | Mar 31, 2013 |
I enjoyed this "2nd in a series". Kate is a fascinating character with her mixture of Amish upbringing and small town cop responsibilities. When an entire Amish family is found brutally murdered, Kate and John are determined to bring the monster who did this to justice. Kate is especially drawn to the oldest daughter who reminds her so strongly of herself at that age.

The story moves at an accelerated pace and keeps you turning the pages. There are some pretty gruesome descriptions of what happened to the victims, and to the teenage girls in particular.

I really like her work and will keep reading it but I think I need a break. Thrillers aren't my normal reads and reading too many too close together will start to bother me. I will be back to this series, it just might be a little while. ( )
  bookswoman | Mar 31, 2013 |
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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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Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead. --Benjamin Franklin
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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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