Sworn to Silence (2020)

Sworn to Silence Linda Castillo Sworn to Silence A killer is preying on sacred ground 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 bruta
  • Title: Sworn to Silence
  • Author: Linda Castillo
  • ISBN: 9781429983730
  • Page: 435
  • Format: ebook
Sworn to Silence Linda Castillo A killer is preying on sacred ground.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 killer is preying on sacred ground.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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  1. Pouting Always

    I really was just being generous here with the three stars because I really had to drag myself through this book It wasn t bad but it wasn t good either The writing was mediocre and I couldn t bring myself to like any of the characters I literally figured out the plot line in the beginning and the view point changes were annoying and unnecessary I know it s a genre books but it was just so derivative of every other mystery book I ve read, there was nothing original or good about it You can t be [...]

  2. Eve

    I think most sociopaths are born, not made Very few are created by life events Kate Burkholder, Chief of PoliceIt s a dark, quiet morning, the kind I usually relish while drinking a hot cup of coffee at my kitchen table with warm puppies at my feet Today, I shiver in my onesie while I wait for my pot of coffee to brew I m facing the kitchen window that looks onto the otherwise idyllic, peaceful neighborhood, and thinking about the book I finished reading the day before I wonder if someone s secr [...]

  3. Rosie

    This was such a good read Lately I have been struggling to find a good crime thriller book that keeps me guessing and really in suspense I m really glad I stumbled across this one The pace is fast and there is a lot of suspense I found the book very difficult to put down I really liked the main character, Chief Kate Burkholder She is a strong, independent woman with an Amish background I enjoyed learning a little bit about the Amish way of life and thought it clever how the author worked this in [...]

  4. Mary Beth

    This is the first book in the Kate Burkholder Series and Ijust loved it One of the many reasons that I loved it so much is that I live in the Columbus, Ohio area where some of the setting is taken place Kate is an eight year veteran for the Columbus, Ohio Police Force, who returns to her home where she grew up in Painters Mill,Ohio, where I have visited several times She becomes Police Chiefthere She knows the Amish town and residents very well Since she left the Amish way of life, she is not ve [...]

  5. Phrynne

    New author to me and I enjoyed it very much The main character, Kate Burkholder, was interesting and likeable She made mistakes but persevered and eventually got her man The story was excellent, lots of really gross murders, lots of police work and then a great twist at the end I was just beginning to wonder if it could be a certain person when it turned out to be so I also very much enjoyed the Amish angle to the plot It added an extra something to the whole and I learned a little about their w [...]

  6. Tim The Enchanter

    Posted toThe Literary Lawyer A Chilling Tale in a Beautiful Place 4.5 StarsI am going to start this review with a confession For reasons now lost to the ravages of time, I long had a prejudice against female authors My impression was that books by female authors would be sappy, romantic, emotional or uninteresting I went to university, got married and had two girls Once the I got the aforementioned out of the way, I got back into reading and asked myself why it was I didn t read books by female [...]

  7. K

    Rrrrripppp Rrrrrrrippppp That s the sound of me ripping this book If you loved this and have troll instincts, stop reading now because I will not be kind.I really have to stop reading mysteries I keep hoping this one will be the next P.D James or Elizabeth George in her good days multidimensional interesting characters circulating in a truly gripping and suspenseful plot Well, wrong again Sworn to Silence was incredibly predictable and cliched, with stock, one dimensional characters Not to menti [...]

  8. Christine

    This book hooked me in the prologue and did not let go until the very last page Whew Easily a 5 star rating from me and tied for first place with S.J Bolton s Now You See Me as my favorite read of 45 books in the last 12 months Honestly, I cannot recall the last time a book pulled me in so deep that there was not a single break in my attention Cover to cover immersion Ms Castillo has a number of romances romantic suspense novels under her belt Sworn to Silence, I believe, is her first attempt at [...]

  9. Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

    When you go to work and can t concentrate because a book you left at home keeps calling your name shows a great book That s exactly what happened to me with this book.

  10. Sue

    Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo is the first book in the Kate Burkholder series After reading two recent novels in the series that I won through Giveaway, I was so impressed with the writing , I went and ordered all her other books in the series This is the review of her first novel, a gripping,tense story of a sexual serial killer in Painters Mill in Ohio, home of the Amish community I am now hooked on the series.After sixteen years, it appears that a serial murderer is back, torturing and k [...]

  11. Sean Peters

    My first book by this talented author, and her first book, so a great place to start.Another one of our monthly Book Pals books, so thank you Sue for picking this book for me.A powerful, strong gripping, tense, chilling story of a sexual serial killer in Painters Mill In Ohio, home of many Amish residents.Former Amish girl and now Chief Of Police has a case on her stands, and her past that might come back to haunt her.A very well written, great paced, great strong characters.The last few chapter [...]

  12. Anniebananie

    Gelungener Auftakt Die Zahlen der Toten hat mich von Anfang an gepackt mit einem spannenden Mord, vielen Verd chtigen und komplexen Beziehungen der einzelnen Charaktere untereinander Kate und ich waren uns zu Beginn zwar nicht so gr ne ich fand sie etwas zu plump und bellaunig, fast ein bisschen kindisch trotzig manchmal , weshalb ich auch einen Stern abziehen muss Die Story war super geplottet und hatte genug Wendungen um dauerhaft spannend zu bleiben Noch dazu m chte ich den Schreibstil von Li [...]

  13. Kirsten

    Great book Katie Burkholder is a sensitive yet damaged and kick ass Chief of Police in a small town in Ohio with a large Amish population Being formerly Amish herself, she has a special insight Of course, it can t be too idyllic So, a serial killer has to come to town Thing is, he d been there before This is a great mystery thriller with wonderful pacing The characters are quirky, but not too quirky and then there is the stereotypical small town politics where politicians put the tourist trade a [...]

  14. Noeleen

    Rating 3.5 StarsI really enjoyed this book, the first in a series and the first time I ve read this author It was very well written and I enjoyed the vast array of characters associated with the police department, most especially Kate Burkholder The small town setting coupled with the Amish background really attracted me to this series The story was fast paced and kept my interest from beginning to end I don t know why, but I had the impression that this story and the series itself was slightly [...]

  15. Jonetta

    Painters Mill, Ohio Police Chief Kate Burkholder is suddenly faced with what looks like the re emergence of a serial killer who hadn t struck in the last 16 years The killer s signature is to leave Roman numerals carved on the murdered victim Kate s conflicted as she s harboring a secret that relates directly to the case Painters Mill is a town where the Amish and English have coexisted for years Kate straddles both cultures as she was raised Amish but left when she was a teenager I ve had this [...]

  16. Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    I was lucky enough to get Sworn to Silence, the first book in the series cheap as an Ebook after being rejected on NetGalley for Among the Wicked the latest book in the series So, all and all it was probably for the best since I did enjoy starting this series from the beginning instead of the latest book Police chief Kate Burkholder, ex Amish, has to stop a vicious killer in this book that may be a copycat or a killer that murdered several women 16 years ago However, she has personal reasons for [...]

  17. Michelle

    Sworn to Silence was my first Linda Castillo book and it did not disappoint She is such an amazing storyteller I was hooked at every turn Now to start the second in the series, Pray for Silence.

  18. Carol

    Just recently I was talking about violent acts against women in books and how sometimes, if gratuitous, it can turn me off There s a fine line for me in what moves the plot forward and what is over the top and just plain too much I got turned off on James Patterson for just this reason Right or wrong this bothers me even when women write violent scenes, as is the case in Linda Castillo s Sworn to Silence I have to weigh the merits of the violence to the overall story Would the story have had th [...]

  19. Jim

    Chilling, Tense, Gripping, non stop page turnerSixteen years ago a serial killer terrorized the small Amish community of Painters Mill, Ohio Fourteen year old Kate Burkholder thought she survived the terror of the Slaughterhouse Killer but left Painters Mill and her Amish faith behind when she was eighteen She also carried a secret from that terrible time Now she has returned as Chief of Police She thought she had come to terms with the past Until the body of a young woman who had been tortured, [...]

  20. Jean

    Sworn to Silence begins with a horrific murder A young woman is tortured, raped, and killed exsanguinated and her body is dumped in a field where a police deputy finds it.Kate Burkholder is a young, ex Amish woman As police chief in her hometown of Painter s Mill, Ohio, she commands a small force and must investigate the murder There is a detail, however, that only the police know Roman numerals carved in the victim s abdomen Has a serial killer returned Is Kate in over her head Kate hides a dee [...]

  21. Irene

    Young women are being tortured and killed in a small town with a large Amish population This police procedural follows the typical trajectory The pacing was good and the romance did not over take the murder mystery.

  22. Fictionophile

    Wow How lucky to find another great first of a series Just when I thought I was running out of authors, I discover another one who is young and talented by that I infer lots of wonderful reads ahead With a great cover scene of dead cornstalks in a snowy farmer s field, Sworn to silence grabs you right away Set in Ohio s Amish country, this mystery thriller features a unique protagonist A female police chief who was formerly Amish.Kate Burkholder has chosen to leave the Amish way of life and is s [...]

  23. Kelly

    Sworn to Silence is a snow filled thriller that will chill you to the bone perfect for crawling under a blanket with on a cold winter day Kate Burkholder grew up within the Amish community of a small Ohio town, but left that life behind when she turned 18 Now many years later, she has returned to Painters Mill to accept the position of Police Chief of the town At 30 years old, Kate is only peripherally involved with the people of the Amish community, and serves as a go between of sorts between t [...]

  24. Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    This was my first ever Linda Castillo book It won t be my last.Kate Burkholder, of Painter s Mill, Ohio, is not your regular Police Chief She was brought up in Painter s Mill in the Amish faith, but left both when she was 18.Now back, she is faced with a serial killer, one she thought she had dispatched 16 years earlier Not only is she battling the killer, and Amish prejudices against the English, but a multi jurisdictional task force set up by the town council, some of whom seem intent on hind [...]

  25. Emily

    So, what you re saying is 1 Kate Burkholder leaves her Amish home at 18 with an eighth grade education and has no problem getting a police dispatcher job with no high school diploma.2 She goes from dispatcher to homicide detective in less than eight years.3 She then comes back to her small town to become chief of police.4 With eight years of experience.5 Total.6 And oh, the serial killer who terrorized her town 16 years ago is back 7 But nope, can t be the same guy, because Kate was nearly his v [...]

  26. Freda Malone

    My first Linda Castillo read and it was good I like that the lead detective, Kate, has an interesting history having grown up Amish turned English and keeps the peace between the two cultures A typical and unoriginal serial crime occurs in Painters Mill, Ohio, but still engaging and I was riveted throughout the whole book Another great series of novels I will be picking up this year.I ll probably watch the movie at some point in time just to get a good visual of the characters and scenes of the [...]

  27. Jenni Boyd

    The story opens with a chilling scene of a woman bound and blindfolded, stripped bare of her clothes and dignity, exhausted from struggling, demoralised by the horrors inflicted upon her, she knows her death is imminent, but so desperately wants to live, determined to fight to the end, calling upon her mother for strength.When Kate Burkholder the Police Chief of Painters Mill Ohio, is called to the scene where the naked body of a woman has been dumped in the snow, there is no doubt in anyones mi [...]

  28. April (Getting Hygge With It)

    What a fun detective series This reminded me a lot of Karin Slaughter s writing I ll definitely be continuing on with the series

  29. Robyn

    I was so jazzed to have gotten this book from the preview list It sounded like an interesting premise mystery plus clash of cultures Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed though I didn t really understand why until collecting my thoughts for this review Here are my three main reasons for not liking the book as much as anticipated 1 Changing the point of view Half of the book is told in first person, the narrator being Kate, our fearless protagonist First person helps draw out Kate s persona [...]

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