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A secret no one dared whisper

Sworn To Silence

Sworn To Silence, July 2009
Kate Burkholder #1
by Linda Castillo

Minotaur Books
Featuring: Kate Burkholder
336 pages
ISBN: 0312374976
EAN: 9780312374976
Kindle: B002FDLOFU
Hardcover / e-Book
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"A bone-chilling exposé of a sadistic serial killer -- and an excellent start to a thrilling series."

Fresh Fiction Review

Sworn To Silence
Linda Castillo

Reviewed by Suan Wilson
Posted June 10, 2009

Thriller Police Procedural | Thriller Serial Killer

In Paint Mill, Ohio, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder's biggest worry is loose cattle causing highway accidents. That changes in the blink of an eye when a series of brutal murders occurs. They are identical to the killings that rocked the small community 16 years ago. Kate performs a balancing act as she seeks the killer while attempting to hide her own damning secret involving the murders those many years ago. Kate breaks her silence and confers with her Amish brother about the events that took place that horrendous summer. The episode precipitated Kate leaving the Amish community.

The city council demands fast results and, behind Kate's back, calls in aid from a sheriff in an adjoining county and a man from the state criminal division, John Tomasetti. As the killer escalates in brutality, creating havoc in the small town, Kate stumbles and John learns her deepest secret. Carrying his own baggage, John is prepared to let Kate reveal the truth. Unfortunately, events spiral out of control leaving Kate exposed to the killer.

Linda Castillo gives a bone-chilling portrait of a sadistic serial killer. Her strong character development of the ex-Amish cop and a burnt-out law officer battling his own demons combined with the cold, windswept winter setting adds to the tension and is an omen of forthcoming conflicts. It is an excellent beginning for the new Kate Burkholder series.

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Some secrets are too terrible to reveal . . .

Some crimes are too unspeakable to solve . . .

In the sleepy rural town of Painters Mill, Ohio, the Amish and “English” residents have lived side by side for two centuries. But sixteen years ago, a series of brutal murders shattered the peaceful farming community. In the aftermath of the violence, the town was left with a sense of fragility, a loss of innocence. Kate Burkholder, a young Amish girl, survived the terror of the Slaughterhouse Killer but came away from its brutality with the realization that she no longer belonged with the Amish.

Now, a wealth of experience later, Kate has been asked to return to Painters Mill as Chief of Police. Her Amish roots and big city law enforcement background make her the perfect candidate. She’s certain she’s come to terms with her past—until the first body is discovered in a snowy field. Kate vows to stop the killer before he strikes again. But to do so, she must betray both her family and her Amish past—and expose a dark secret that could destroy her.

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3 comments posted.

Re: A bone-chilling exposé of a sadistic serial killer -- and an excellent start to a thrilling series.

Wow this sounds so good thanks I enjoyed the blog today.
(Penney Wilfort 12:49pm August 9, 2009)

I just finished this book and couldn't put it down. The plot was fast-paced and full of plenty of twists and turns. The characters were interesting and very believable. Castillo does a great job mixing the Amish world with the English world and making both quite real. I can't wait until the next Kate Burkholder mystery!
Kim Akers 10:22am August 10, 2009)

This is my kind of reading! Sounds great. Enjoyed the blog!
JoAnn White 4:41pm December 27, 2009)

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