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Pray for Silence

by Linda Castillo

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This is a continuation of the Kate Burkholder series. The plot was interesting, but at times Kate and the other detectives were a bit dense. That, of course, allowed the plot to flow the way the author wanted it, but it was very unrealistic and a annoying. I have the next two in the series waiting, but will read something else for a bit. ( )
  whymaggiemay | Mar 31, 2016 |
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Interesting cultural profiles but buyer beware...quite violent.
Extremely traumatic contrast between the simplicity and violence.
I will try another Kate Burkholder. ( )
  pennsylady | Jan 31, 2016 |
I really enjoyed the characters and setting of the first book of this series, Sworn to Silence, so I quickly picked up the second book. Painter’s Mill, Ohio is the home to both Amish and “English”. Kate Burkholder straddles both communities. She grew up Amish, but refused to commit to their way of life. She returned to her hometown as the Chief of Police and, though not welcomed by the Amish, she has their trust in a way that an English police officer wouldn’t. When a horrifying murder happens to a local Amish family, Kate is determined to find the killer.

I listened to this book and in many places I wished there was a way I could skim some of the gruesome descriptions of the murder scene. As much as I enjoyed the first book I was so annoyed at Kate in this one. I can't believe her actions would result in anything other than her being fired or possibly even jailed. It was also very repetitive and the killer and his motives were easy to guess, unlike the killer in Sworn to Silence.

That being said, I still enjoyed the book and most of the characters. I'll definitely read the third book in the series, Breaking Silence, and hope the Kate character doesn't irritate me so much.

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  Olivermagnus | Jan 17, 2016 |
“There are monsters living among us. People who look no different than you and me. But they lack a fundamental component of the human species: a conscience.”

An Amish family of seven is annihilated at twilight in the tiny farming community of Painters Mill, Ohio. Kate Burkholder, Chief of Police, has her hands full trying to cover as much ground in the crucial first forty-eight hours of the homicide. Because of the cruelty and brutality inflicted on the victims, Burkholder immediately calls in for help. What follows is a dangerous venture into the dark, seedy underbelly of pornography, and the loss of innocence.

After reviewing my highlights and notes, I realized that this book didn’t quite measure up to the initial book in the series for two main reasons: repetition and repetition. See? It’s annoying. I’d have hoped that most mystery writers would take a cue from the Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot, and Nancy Drews series. It’s not necessary to rehash the plot of the previous book until the reader is bored out of their mind. Carolyn Keene’s books usually had a sentence that read something like: “Nancy, Bess and George had a close run-in with a ring a dangerous jewel thieves in an earlier adventure.” Done and done!

Apart from that, I just grew tired of Castillo’s same use of descriptive words, especially the word “sage.” Has anyone ever given you a “sage” look? What does that even encompass? Or her reference to Kate’s past and how it kept coming up in this investigation to haunt her. I get it.

Don’t get me wrong. This is a thrilling page turner. Could it have been better? Yes. Am I giving up on the series? Definitely not. I’ve already purchased the third book, although I’ll probably wait a minute or two before reading it. ( )
  dreamydress48 | Nov 1, 2015 |
More deaths (7 with the crime-scene spread over 3 places), torture, rape (again), more blood, and faults by Kate.
If you can stand it, a great read, but everything is worse than in the first book.
Most I said there can be applied here as well, so I will not repeat it.

A few nice twists, some romance, no sex (well off-the-pages).
One minor quibble: for me it took them too long to identify some scruff-marks in the barn-crime-scene.
That was obvious for me from the get-go.
Otherwise hard and gruesome page-turner. ( )
  Ingo.Lembcke | Oct 27, 2015 |
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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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Chief of Police Kate Burkholder must confront a dark evil to solve the mysterious murders of an entire Amish family of seven. 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.… (more)

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