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Author: Linda Castillo Narrator: Kathleen McInerney Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Kate Burkholder Series Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9781427209726
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The New York Times bestselling author of Sworn to Silence delivers an electrifying thriller—Chief of Police Kate Burkholder must confront a dark evil to solve the mysterious murders of an entire Amish family

In the quiet town of Painters Mill, an Amish family of seven has been found brutally murdered on their farm. Chief of Police Kate Burkholder and her small force have few clues, no motive, and no suspect. Formerly Amish herself, Kate is no stranger to secrets, but she can't get her mind around the senseless brutality of the crime.

State agent John Tomasseti arrives on the scene to assist. He and Kate worked together on a previous case during which they began a tentative relationship, but each is wary of commitment. The disturbing details of this case will push them to their limits and force them to face demons from their own troubled pasts.

When Kate discovers a diary, she realizes a haunting personal connection to the case. One of the teenage daughters may have been leading a lurid double life. As the case develops, Kate's list of suspects grows. Who is the attractive stranger that stole the heart of the innocent young Amish girl? Did her estranged brother—a man with a violent past who was shunned by his family and the Amish community—come back to seek out revenge? Driven by her own scarred past, Kate swears she'll find the killer and bring him to justice—even if it means putting herself in the line of fire.

Topping her own bestselling debut, Linda Castillo once again immerses readers in the world of the Amish with a chilling story that is both a fast-paced thriller and compelling psychological puzzle.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This sequel to SWORN TO SILENCE, narrated by Kathleen McInerney, gives us the continuing tribulations of Police Chief Kate Burkholder and the town of Painter’s Mill, Ohio…With creativity and authenticity, McInerney skillfully navigates a wide variety of characters—from cops and criminals to the Pennsylvania Dutch-speaking Amish. Her performance takes diverse situations in stride AudioFile magazine

  • Kathleen McInerney does an excellent job portraying this diverse cast...A compelling listen, well-written and expertly narrated. Publishers Weekly
  • Kathleen McInerney portrays Burkholder's unquiet feelings and the complex feelings of a heroine who can't help remembering her own difficult teenage years growing up in the Amish faith. The Chapel Hill Herald

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 10/31/2018

    " Another in the Kate Burkholder series, Castillo does not disappoint. Pray for silence tells the story of an Amish family - The Planks being slaughtered. I enjoy stepping into Kate's shoes as she solves murder after murder. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 2/20/2014

    " you can help but want to keep reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 2/20/2014

    " Police chief Kate B has another horrific crime scene on her hands, when an Amish family of seven is found slaughtered. (This idyllic Ohio Amish community is going to suffer from "Cabot Cove Syndrome" if Kate doesn't start moving afield pretty soon.. . .) Fairly soon it becomes evident that the crime is sexually-based--one teenage victim is crucial to the case, and the dark side of sex crimes dominates the story line. I liked her 1st thriller more, and figured this one out too easily (I'm usually slow), but have to say that Castillo can pace them well! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 2/19/2014

    " This book captivated my attention from the beginning - the writing style was very easy to read. This book is about a police chief (who grew up Amish but left their world) investigating an Amish family murder. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erica | 2/16/2014

    " This book seemed a bit melodramatic to me, but overall it was a good story. The main character was a bit annoying at times simply because, on several occasions, she seemed unable, or at least a bit slow, to connect two pieces of information to one another. I kept wanting to yell at her and say "Remember such-and-such? Connect the dots!" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lil | 2/12/2014

    " Castillo handles the brooding Amish countryside very well. Through the work on a gristly murder, we see the characters clash in their varied values and "English." The characters are very well delineated, and are real as though we would know if we lived in their town. Highly recommended and I look forward to the next in the series "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurie | 1/20/2014

    " Over the top with violence and foul language for both the cops and the civilians. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Avril | 1/18/2014

    " Kate Burkholder is the chief of police in rural Ohio's Painters Mill. She's on a mission to to solve the brutal slaying of the Planks, a local Amish family. Having been raised Amish herself, Kate communicates in Pennsylvania Dutch, and follows Amish protocols and traditions to a t. Unfortunately, Kate's got baggage. Having been raped as a teen herself she begins experiencing post traumatic stress after reading Mary Plank's diary. The diary alludes to drugs, rape, and internet porn. Kate numbs herself with alcohol. Helping her piece the investigation together is love interest BCI agent John Tomasetti. He's also battling demons. Tomasetti is on mandatory leave due to failing a drug test... drugs he took after the brutal murder of his own family. Castillo spins and weaves parallels and overlapping storylines from two very different worlds with such craft and skill that you will not be able to put this book down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristie | 1/17/2014

    " Second book in a series and it did not disappoint. I agree with my sister, I could have done without alot of the gory details. But the author really knows how to bring the story to life. Felt like I was in that house in the end! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zoe | 1/17/2014

    " Series of Chief in small town with high Amish community. Crime is always hideous and it is always centered around the Amish an the fact that she was one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlene | 1/5/2014

    " Second in a series..REALLY enjoyed it..Third one coming out in June... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caren | 12/27/2013

    " Great "Who Done It" mystery. I've already ordered the next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 11/10/2013

    " Linda Castillo is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. I love the descriptions she provides. Although gruesome at times, she has a way of making the book come to life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 11/4/2013

    " Another great mystery by Linda Castillo. I liked the first book in this series so much that I decided to try this one, the second book, as well. It didn't disappoint! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maryellen | 11/2/2013

    " Pray for Silence is as good as Castillo's first novel, Sworn to Silence. Police Chief Kate Burkholder finds herself investigating the brutal murders of an entire Amish family. You won't be able to stop reading! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 10/5/2013

    " Just as good as the first book!! Do not have to read the books in order, enough information is given in each book so you won't feel lost. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggi | 9/25/2013

    " I hope Linda Castillo keeps writing, and Kate Burkholder stays with her. The whole cast of characters keeps getting better and better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/3/2013

    " Loved it! Ending had me on the edge of my seat! Love Kate and John's relationship. Hoping the end of the series lets us learn more about it. "

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

    " I love this thriller. It kept me on the edge of my sit, and could not put it down till I finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glenda | 3/12/2013

    " It's a thriller & parts are quite gruesome, but I couldn't put it down! I will be checking out the next book in the series soon! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 2/14/2013

    " Luvin' this new author I found!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 9/9/2012

    " You can read my thoughts here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Siham | 7/25/2012

    " I loved the book overall, but the ending was quite disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirley | 1/1/2012

    " This series of Castillo's I really enjoy, though like others do find her details of crimes more graphic than necessary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 8/6/2011

    " It's a page turner that's for sure ! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Al | 6/1/2011

    " Not that great. Not good police procedural work. Too personal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 5/24/2011

    " This is the 2nd book I have read by this author. And, once again, love her books! Interesting background taking place in an Amish community, good story line, and a hint of possible romance. Quite a thriller! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cora | 5/4/2011

    " Just okay. Good mystery but not James Patterson. Good insight to Amish way of living. Predictable ending.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 4/26/2011

    " This was such an awesome suspense novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 4/15/2011

    " Just as good as the first book in the series. I'm looking forward to the third. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie | 4/11/2011

    " Could not put it down - finished in two nights! Loved it! I love a murder mystery. Suspenseful and engaging. Castillo made her characters smart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey | 4/1/2011

    " Love stories set around the Amish community regardless of content. A good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 3/28/2011

    " read this on vacation. Not quite as good as the first in the series, but a good vacation read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 3/11/2011

    " This one fooled me, when I thought at least one other person was involved. He wasn't!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 2/22/2011

    " I enjoy this series. Love the character Kate Burkholder! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dorinda | 2/21/2011

    " I love this thriller. It kept me on the edge of my sit, and could not put it down till I finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shaun | 2/14/2011

    " Good audiobook. The main character became annoying to me. Enjoyable, not profound. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 2/13/2011

    " Pray for Silence was a book that held you attention to the very end. Worth reading. "

About the Author

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 a broad range of animation voice-overs.