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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:
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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.

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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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