Breaking Silence

Breaking Silence

Book - 2011
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The New York Times bestselling series hailed as "gripping" ( People magazine) and "compelling" ( USA Today ) returns with Police Chief Kate Burkholder called to the scene of a horrific tragedy on a peaceful Amish farm.

The Slabaugh family are model Amish farmers, prosperous and hardworking, with four children and a happy extended family. When the parents and an uncle are found dead in their barn, it appears to be a gruesome accident: methane gas asphyxiation caused by a poorly ventilated cesspit. But in the course of a routine autopsy, the coroner discovers that one of the victims suffered a head wound before death--clearly, foul play was involved. But who would want to make orphans of the Slabaughs' children? And is this murder somehow related to a recent string of shocking hate crimes against the Amish?

Having grown up Amish, Kate is determined to bring the killer to justice. Because the other series of attacks are designated hate crimes, the state sends in agent John Tomasetti, with whom Kate has a long and complex relationship. Together, they search for the link between the crimes--and uncover a dark secret at work beneath the placid surface of this idyllic Amish community.

Chock full of twists and chills and set against the unusual world of the Amish, this series "will delight fans of Chelsea Cain and Thomas Harris" ( USA Today ).

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, c2011.
ISBN: 9780312374990
Characteristics: viii, 302 p. ;,25 cm.


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Dec 01, 2019

#3 in series

Jul 21, 2019

The third thriller featuring Kate Burkholder, formerly Amish, and the chief of police of a small Amish/"English" town. Like the first two, a well-written page-turner (I read it in 2 sittings). It wasn't up to the standard set by the first two, which were excellent. The central mystery wasn't as complex and get-under-your-skin disturbing; this felt a little Kate Burkholder lite. Also, Castillo dumbed down a hair and spent more time telling her reader what Kate and Tomasetti were feeling, rather than the reader discerning it herself through the characters' actions and reactions. On the more positive side, I was happy with the progression of the central characters' relationship and I remain hooked on the series, happily anticipating the next installment.

I read the first chapter and closed the cover and decided NOT to read any more of this book.
I do not need to read about sheep being butchered so cruelly right from the start. There is enough brutality and cruelty in the world and I do not need to bring that into my home. I guess I need to read lighter fare. It is really sad that authors feel they have to be so descriptive
with brutality in their books.

Jul 27, 2018

I found this crime fiction to be entertaining and challenging; the twists and turns kept me guessing right to the end. Potential readers should balance out the fact that this is "Amish" content with the reality that it is a crime story -- police generally do use colorful language, so if that is offensive to you, then steer clear. It was not over the top in my humble opinion, but it is there, appropriately for the frustration of the first responders. It is not listed as Christian fiction!

Sep 08, 2017

Terrific book! Language is not so bad as all that!! Pretty tame actually, compared to that found in other books. Great story, wonderfully written, a page-turner that's very hard to put down, with an ending that makes you think!! Well worth reading - if you like mysteries!!

5 stars for sure ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Linda Castillo has never disappointed me!

May 05, 2017

I read this book first, but now reading 2nd, so not too lost; didn't know this was a series. I have a problem with the language in the book, I think it would have been just as good without it.

Aug 05, 2016

The 3rd book in this series. This is a fast paced mystery about some Amish Country murders. I like the ending. It was different than what I was expecting. Good series.

crystal35 Sep 27, 2014

This is Amish Fiction BUT this is NOT a book I would read or allow my child/children to read due to the fact that I stopped reading this book by chapter one. I was on the Prologue and ever time it felt like I turned around cursing was right there. So if you are looking for an Amish Christian author or just Christian Fiction in general obviously this is NOT a book for you.

ukiechick Aug 13, 2014

Linda Castillo has done it again great read with alot of twists on to reading gone missing her fourth novel in the series

Jul 14, 2014

Many twists and turns. Delightful to read and ending is the wow factor.

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