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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,748 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 2009 ISBN: 9781427206695
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Now the subject of the Lifetime original movie An Amish Murder 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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Linda Castillo has come up with a story of striking originality…Castillo ratchets up the suspense with each page, as Kate is faced with a diabolical murderer, an antagonistic town council member, and a dark secret from her past that threatens to derail the investigation. The first in a projected series, Sworn to Silence is filled with blood-chilling storytelling, fair play with clues, and arresting prose. But it’s Castillo’s fully fleshed characters that will linger in the reader’s mind, with feisty, flawed—and ultimately heroic—Kate foremost among them.”

    Richmond Times Dispatch

  • “There’s a new sheriff in thriller-ville. And her name is Kate Burkholder…The thriller is marked by interesting characters, strong plotting, suspense, and gore galore.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “Romance novelist Castillo, who grew up near Amish country, convincingly switches gears with this debut thriller, balancing chilling suspense and a nuanced portrait of the English-Amish divide. Starring a tough, complicated cop who speaks Pennsylvania Dutch as smoothly as she downs a vodka, [Sworn to Silence] is the opening salvo in what promises to be a gripping series.”

    People (starred review)

  • “Lovers of suspense will find no better novel to read this summer than Sworn to Silence, a teeth-chattering debut thriller from romance writer Linda Castillo…This first in a series will delight fans of Chelsea Cain and Thomas Harris…Compelling characters, excellent plotting, and a hair-raising finale.”

    USA Today

  • “Absolutely stunning…A perfectly crafted thriller.”

    Lisa Scottoline

  • “‘A gun-toting, cursing, former Amish female chief of police’ stars in this excellent first in a new suspense series…Adept at creating characters with depth and nuance, Castillo smoothly integrates their backstories into a well-paced plot that illuminates the divide between the Amish and ‘English’ worlds.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • Sworn marks Castillo’s move from romantic suspense to straight mystery, and judging by this novel, the move is a good one…The small-town setting, complicated relationships among the inhabitants, and the strong but battle-scarred protagonist bring Julia Spencer-Fleming’s series to mind.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Castillo’s hardcover debut should come with a warning: Pick up when you have time to finish. Excitement, danger, mystery, a fascinating setting, and a conflicted heroine make this a book you won’t put down.”

    Romantic Times, Top Pick (starred review)

  • “Think Harrison Ford in the movie Witness and add just a touch of the Coen brothers’ Fargo and you have the feel of this brilliant, nail-biting thriller…Very dark, intricate, and packed with twists, it literally chokes the breath from your body. It’s that good.”

    Daily Mail (London)

  • Selected for the July 2009 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leaanna | 2/20/2014

    " Be prepared for some really graphic scenes. I don't typically like it when an author switches between characters, but it works very well here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 2/19/2014

    " Another excellent book by Linda. Can't wait to read the next in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathryn | 2/17/2014

    " Castillo has created a marvelous character in Kate Burkholder, the 30-year old police chief in a small Ohio town ringed by Amish farms. Kate confronts her Amish past when a series of murders shake the community. Linda Castillo has earned a spot on my reading list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela Howell | 2/16/2014

    " This was a GREAT read - the main characters are flawed and imperfect ... and I LIKE them. The imperfections make them real. The plot is white knuckler - I enjoyed the ride. All I know about the Amish is what I saw on movie Witness, but I did not feel lost. Looking forward to MORE of this series and this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Benchpress | 2/13/2014

    " I liked this book even though it was predictable. Quick and easy read but extremely graphic!! Not for the faint of heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamra | 2/7/2014

    " Really enjoyed this mystery featuring a police chief who grew up Amish and a State Bureau detective on a rapid downslide as they work to solve a case that may help bring some closure to both of them. "

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

    " Very good series of books. Intense with vivid descriptions. It brings two worlds together. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doreen | 2/1/2014

    " Excellent plot and characters involving a police chief who is an ex Amish girl. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Reving | 1/20/2014

    " Just not my thing at all. "

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

    " Some real gore and violence against women, which can be very unpleasant, but it was necessary for the story. A good "thriller" read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret Thorn | 11/2/2013

    " Amish murder mystery "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 10/20/2013

    " Good sociopath story with a female hero! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 10/18/2013

    " Romance author Castillo begins a new series featuring former Amish police chief Kate Burkholder, who is racing to find a serial killer before he kills her. Has explicit violence and sex. Not for the sqeamish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shyloh | 9/19/2013

    " Truely a very good book, and was very hard to put down. I loved Kate, the mystery, and most of all Linda's writing. The book sucked me in and I didn't want to be let go. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sandi | 8/23/2013

    " Just did not like this audio book. Thought all the characters acted stupidly throughout the book and that the violence was overdone. Need to learn to give up on audios though the narration by Kathleen McInerney was, at least, competent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherry Zimmerman | 4/18/2013

    " Very good. I really like these characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neil Chinniah | 4/16/2013

    " Simple, fast paced, good holiday read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/25/2013

    " Great thriller... But it gave me nightmares! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mie | 1/8/2013

    " Definitely want to read the next two books(Kate Burkholder #2 @ #3)! Great story and I didn't have a clue who the killer was until it was given away! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 7/8/2012

    " I really liked this book. Towards the end, it had me wanting to read faster so I could find out who the killer was. Totally surprised me at the end on who it was. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerry | 6/27/2012

    " EXCELLENT...one of the best books I've ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig Cottingham | 6/19/2012

    " #40 for 2010. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bedford Library | 4/19/2012

    " I'm not usually a fan of thriller novels, but this one was quite good. The main character is a fall-away Amish detective hunting a horrific serial murderer in her small town. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Temple | 3/3/2012

    " This was one of those books that catches your attention at the outset, and holds it all the way through. A very enjoyable read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara B. | 12/26/2011

    " This is a new author for me, that I really liked. This first book in her series is about a female chief of police who lives in an area heavily populated by Amish. And she was raised Amish, but left the faith.Great story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louise Hassell | 8/30/2011

    " Good story -- if you can stand the gore. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori Patrick | 7/7/2011

    " I absolutely love this series! Kate is a character that is complex and so interesting. I love that it involves the Amish and shows the contrasts and similarities between the different people living in the community! Keep them coming! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 D. | 5/21/2011

    " Greta story. I love this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shari | 5/21/2011

    " Great book! I was able to get it Free on the Kindle. I will definitely be buying more of her books.

    This book captured my attention from the get-go! It was one of those books that is hard to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 5/16/2011

    " I really liked this book. I wasn't, however, prepaired for the graphic violence. It was a bit much at times and I got a little ill. I also figured out the killer early and that always bums me out. Overall though, great read, I will continue with the series, perhaps better prepaired. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa | 5/1/2011

    " Nice to have a new suspense author that I like to read. And I can crank through one of these in a day if I give myself the time, which is especially nice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 4/12/2011

    " Amish + Serial Killers = great read!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Angela | 4/4/2011

    " Not YA literature. Disturbing serial killings. Offensive language. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ladyacct | 4/3/2011

    " Grabbed me from the first page and couldn't put it down.

    If you love mysteries, you will like this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Swanbender2001 | 3/30/2011

    " I will definitely be following this series. I enjoyed the writing and character development. "

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

    " I liked this book even though it was predictable. Quick and easy read but extremely graphic!! Not for the faint of heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tyler | 3/17/2011

    " Really enjoyed it. Wasn't sure how it would be with the Amish background but it helped set the mood. But mostly it's the characters, Kate in particular, that help make this story really engaging. Worth the time. A fast read. Can't wait to start the next book in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacquelynn | 3/11/2011

    " This is the first in the series set in rural Ohio where the Amish and the other citizens co-exist. The sheriff is a former Amish woman and you find why she left the Amish as you read the book. Its a violent story with implications for the investigators. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/9/2011

    " Not really my cup of tea. Wasn't horrible but wasn't my type of book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 3/8/2011

    " Actually got to meet Linda which was pretty cool. Her insight into the Amish community is dead on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki | 3/6/2011

    " I loved this book. It was a great thriller. The characters were flawed and very realistic, the villians
    about as evil as they come, and the setting of Amish country in winter will chill you to the bone.
    It had some nice plot twists that kept me guessing right up to the end. "

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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.