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Pray for Silence by Linda Castillo

Pray for Silence

by Linda Castillo

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Linda Castillo's books are dark and intense. I enjoy her characters and storylines. ( )
  khaddox | May 8, 2016 |
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 | May 8, 2016 |
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 |
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 |
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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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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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