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Linda Castillo

Author of Sworn to Silence

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About the Author

Linda Castillo is an author of novels including the New York Times bestselling Kate Burkholder series, which are crime thrillers set in Amish country. She has also written numerous romance and romantic suspense novels. Castillo is the recipient of awards including the Daphne du Maurier Award, the show more Holt Medallion, and a nomination for the RITA. Her titles include Sworn to Silence, Pray for Silence, Her Last Breath and Fade to Red. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by Linda Castillo

Sworn to Silence (2009) 1,794 copies
Pray for Silence (2010) 1,051 copies
Breaking Silence (2011) 780 copies
Gone Missing (2012) 665 copies
Her Last Breath (2013) 561 copies
The Dead Will Tell (2014) 524 copies
After the Storm (2015) 442 copies
Among the Wicked (2016) 418 copies
Down a Dark Road (2017) 383 copies
A Gathering of Secrets (2018) 362 copies
Shamed (2019) 332 copies
Outsider (2020) 287 copies
Fallen (2021) 232 copies
The Hidden One (2022) 200 copies
Long Lost (short story) (2013) 140 copies
An Evil Heart (2023) 122 copies
The Perfect Victim (2002) 83 copies
Depth Perception (2005) 81 copies
A Whisper in the Dark (2006) 74 copies
Dead Reckoning (2005) 66 copies
Overkill (2007) 65 copies
The Shadow Side (2003) 65 copies
Fade to Red (2004) 55 copies
Operation: Midnight Tango (2005) 52 copies
The Pact (short story) (2020) 50 copies
Operation: Midnight Cowboy (2007) 47 copies
Just a Little Bit Dangerous (2002) 47 copies
Operation: Midnight Escape (2005) 38 copies
A Cry in the Night (2002) 37 copies
In the Dead of Night (2007) 36 copies
The Phoenix Encounter (2003) 35 copies
A Hero to Hold (2001) 27 copies
A Baby Before Dawn (2007) 23 copies
Midnight Run (2003) 23 copies
Remember the Night (2000) 15 copies
Uncharted Waters (2003) 15 copies
La ribelle 1 copy

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Ohio, USA
Places of residence
Texas, USA
Short biography
Linda Castillo is originally from rural Ohio, USA, but she lives in Texas with her husband. In her spare time Linda enjoys riding horses, especially trail riding, and dabbles in barrel racing. She resides in Texas with her husband, three dogs, a barn cat, and two Appaloosa horses.

Linda knew from an early age that she wanted to be a writer—and penned her first novel at the early age of thirteen. Her first novel was published in 2000. The bestselling author of many novels, she is the recipient of numerous industry awards, including the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence, the Holt Medallion, the Golden Heart, and a nomination for the prestigious RITA. But is best known for her Amish thriller series focused around protagonist Kate Burkholder, the first novel of the series "Sworn to Silence" be made into a two-hour original movie starring Neve Campbell as Kate Burkholder.



This was a fun, quick mystery read. Kept me on my toes, kept me wondering, surprised me half way. ;) There were a few unbelievable parts. The "romance" was a little -- I dunno -- campy. Overall didn't feel like a waste of my time.
MahanaU | 47 other reviews | Nov 21, 2023 |
I listened to this audiobook, and although this is my first Kate Birkholder book, it will not be my last. I'm late to the party on this great crime series!
The narrator did a great job of making each character sound unique, and I loved the layers of mystery pulling me in to question every character in the story, wondering if they were the person who violently killed Rachael Schwartz, a sassy, young, former Amish woman with a long list of people she'd "wronged."
I enjoyed learning more about Amish life, their beliefs, community, and interaction with those outside the Amish community.
Chief of Police, Kate, is a likeable, hard-working, never-give-up kind of woman, and a character I want to know better through her previous books.
I especially enjoyed the audiobook extra at the end of the story where the author and narrator sort of interview each other. It was a good glimpse into the author's process over the years with Kate's stories.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me this interesting novel that kept me guessing right up until the murderer was revealed!
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JillHannah | 20 other reviews | Nov 20, 2023 |
Another great Chief of Police Kate Burkholder mystery. You just never know what someone is hiding and appearances can be deceiving. Kate gets called out to the death of a young amish man with an odd wound shape. This may one of Kate's hardest cases to crack yet. Everyone has nothing but great words about this young man and not one ill will word of his background but there has to be something unless this was just some random murder? Tomasetti has his own case of missing girls he is buried with and Kate doesn't think she will get anywhere until another dead body is found. Even though this person is not Amish, Kate knows in her gut they are connect, but how and who is doing this? I also loved the ending. I am looking forward to see what case Kate has to solve next. This review is of my own opinion and accord.… (more)
Chelz286 | 13 other reviews | Nov 5, 2023 |
Kate is asked by New York authorities to go uncover to find out what is going in on in a strict Amish sect. Kate, who was once Amish is able to appear to be a part of the people of the area.
dara85 | 39 other reviews | Oct 15, 2023 |



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