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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Linda Castillo Narrator: Kathleen McInerney Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Kate Burkholder Series Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9781427212344
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Police Chief Kate Burkholder is 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Castillo has created a gripping series about police chief Kate Burkholder, who was raised in an Amish community but left during her teens, which creates a constant tension between herself and the community but also an understanding of the people involved. Life in the farming area is vividly portrayed and both the sociological background and the physical setting add greatly to the mystery. The mystery is complicated but clearly plotted with a heart-stopping ending. RT Book Review (4 ½ stars)
  • This is the third in a stupendous series . . . Written at a thrilling pace, with haunting images, Breaking Silence is a novel worth staying up all night to reach the end. New York Journal of Books

  • “In addition to creating exceptionally well drawn characters and crafting a gripping plot that takes some shocking turns to a heart-pounding conclusion, Castillo probes with keen sensitivity the emotional toll taken by police work. The third in this series of thrillers (after Sworn to Silence, 2009, and Pray for Silence, 2010) is another winner. Booklist (starred review)

  • Kate's third offers plenty of violence, a surprise ending and some insight into the Amish way of life. Kirkus Reviews
  • Castillo melds deeply flawed characters with a glimpse into a unique community in which isolation can hide a plethora of secrets. Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandie | 2/18/2014

    " I just picked this up at the library without any idea what it was about. Not the type of book I normally would read but I actually really enjoyed it. A good quick read and I will probably read the earlier ones "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 2/2/2014

    " Murders in Amish country-always interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mich | 12/19/2013

    " Best one by far!! Just got the new one loaded onto my kindle!! Can't wait! Love this series!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 12/7/2013

    " I am totally in love with Castillo! I love this series so much! It's kind of like James Patterson novels, only with a girl! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn Kearney | 11/20/2013

    " Until this year, I didn't realize there were crime novels set in the Amish community. Now I've discovered two. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laney | 11/12/2013

    " 2.5 stars - slow, didn't get a real connection with the characters "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 10/26/2013

    " Awesome! Can't wait till Gone Missing gets to the store. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly Poindexter | 9/20/2013

    " Another great one set in Painter's Mill, OH an Amish community where Kate Burkholder solves murder cases! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cyndi | 9/15/2013

    " Great, didn't see the killer coming, and I almost always do after 20 years loving mystery cop novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monica D | 8/29/2013

    " Not as thrilling as the two previous books in this series, but overall a good story, although slightly predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mindy | 8/12/2013

    " moved a lot slower than the previous two books. hopefully the next book will be more exciting... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Candace | 7/24/2013

    " I have enjoyed all three in this series. This one was not as griping/thrilling or graphic as the first two but I still liked it and am looking forward to the next one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tricia | 7/13/2013

    " Another very good book in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy White | 6/24/2013

    " Good book. I am now going to purchase Linda Castillo's other books. It is a good who done it book with a suprise ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 6/12/2013

    " This author is one of my favorites. Amish people, murder and police people. Same characters as in previous books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alaine | 5/21/2013

    " Great third story of this trilogy. Best one yet. I'm really getting attached to Kate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lizziekate | 4/13/2013

    " The third book is better than the second and as good as the first! Can't wait for more of them to show up! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kiti | 3/16/2013

    " I didn't realize this was a series and was fine reading it without knowing the backgrounds, but I do think I will read the other books in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Barnes | 12/30/2012

    " Great book. I wonder how the author knows so much about Amish country in Ohio when she lives in Texas....hmmmm lots of research. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natalie | 8/3/2012

    " Ugh. This was really weird. I felt like it couldn't end soon enough. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brenda Goheen | 9/14/2011

    " I knew who did it and why within the first two chapters, it was just too obvious. Don't care about the relationship of the primary character and not very true too how law enforcement operates. The Amish are so persecuted and victims of crime in this book that it strains the imagination. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 5/20/2011

    " Really a 3.5, but for me 4s are hard to get. Love the Amish angle, having grown up near Pennsylvania Dutch country. Her characters are nicely molded. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 5/20/2011

    " Another great novel by Linda Castillo... Can not wait for her 4th novel due out 6/2012...! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 5/14/2011

    " another great thriller in the Kate Burkholder series "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacque | 5/5/2011

    " This was the first book by Linda Castilli that I have read and it was amazing. I'm already planning to read the first two books in this series. Breaking Silence is an intense story and I literally couldn't put it down. The characters are likable, flaws and all. And the ending is a shock! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 5/5/2011

    " Looooved it. Kept you guessing til the end. The Amish culture was well represented in this book. Great author...thanks "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ladyacct | 4/6/2011

    " Was a really good story and mystery, again though too many references to the first book. Letting all the key points of that fantastic first book wrote in this one....which makes you wonder why you would read the first one if you haven't already. "

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About the Author
Author Linda Castillo

Linda Castillo is the New York Times bestselling author of the Kate Burkholder series and the recipient of numerous industry awards, including the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence, the Holt Medallion, and a RITA nomination.

About the Narrator

Kathleen McInerney won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2011 and was a finalist for the Audie in 2010 and 2015. Her narrations have also earned several AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has performed in New York and around the United States in both classical and contemporary theater. Her credits also include television commercials, daytime drama, radio plays, and animation voice-over.