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Pray for Silence: A Thriller (Kate Burkholder) Hardcover – June 22, 2010
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For me, this was a terrific and entertaining read. I wish I had known that Castillo had written a previous book before reading this but so it goes. The depiction of the crime scene is very graphic- so take note, if that sort of thing is disturbing, you may not enjoy this book so much. I did not, however, feel like the violence portrayed was gratuitous. The author is portraying a horrific crime and the degree of violence and horror of the initial crime scene are necessary to set up the ensuing tension of the thriller.
I'm not generally a big murder mystery reader but I really enjoyed this. I loved the interesting perspective the Amish community brings to the story. The suspense is good and there is a romantic element to the story, as well.
Castillo does a great job with her characterization. She really breathes life into her supporting cast, not just the protagonist. I'm a little divided on the fact that she writes from a first-person perspective in some chapters and in third-person for others. I find it a little distracting in how the book flows.
The writing is decent and doesn't get in the way of the story.Read more ›
The good news is that if you liked the first novel, you'll most likely enjoy this second offering too. All of the elements found in the first book make a return appearance, the sleepy little town of Painters Mill pops off the pages, and the population of that small town come alive with Castillo's writing. The dynamic between the Amish and the "English" is once again the backbone of this story, and once again the reader gets drawn into the fascinating world of Amish farm life. And once again, Cheif Burkholder must confront the demons of her past when trying to solve the brutal murder of an entire Amish family.
I really do like Linda Castillo's writing style, and the brutal crimes in "Pray for Silence" will make even the most avid genre reader flinch while reading. This is definately not a book for the squeamish as Castillo visits some pretty nasty corners of Painters Mill.
While I don't think "Pray for Silence" was as nailbiting as "Sworn..." it's still a great read, and Cheif Burkholder is one of the best new characters to hit crime fiction in years. If you haven't discovered this series...do yourself a favor and pick up both Burkholder books.
The repetition became most irritating in regard to Kate's emotions. Over and over, she tells the reader that this case is "the kind of scene that affects even the most hard-nosed of cops" (p. 34), that "some crimes are simply too terrible for the eyes to behold" (p. 36), that she "can't imagine the horrors these girls must have endured" (p. 37). On and on the melodramatic inner monologue continues--throughout the entire book. Often, Kate expounds in full paragraphs that the horrible awfulness of working this crime is harder on her than anyone else, due to her past as a formerly Amish teenager and as a crime victim herself. By 100 pages into the book, I could hardly ask "whodunit" anymore, because I was asking other, more irritated questions: did the author think her readers would forget that Kate used to be Amish, even after reminding us (for the twentieth time) less than ten pages ago? Did the author think the best way to elicit my sympathy for her character was for Kate to *tell* me her angst instead of the author *showing* me? Did no one edit this book?
Still, let's say the book had been edited to about 75% of its current length.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Her books are really interesting & are written well. I love the way she can make you feel like you are right there in Painters Creek. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
This was the first book written by Linda Castillo that I have read. I really enjoyed it. She kept me guessing as to who the murderer was. I will read more books in this series.Published 16 days ago by SbarbS
I love Kate Burkholder! this series of books are very mysterious... they keep you on the edge of your seat...Published 17 days ago by Highlander series
I have read mysteries since I was 10 years old, and I now belong to AARP! From Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew to Rizzoli and Isles, I have followed many famous crime solvers through... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
Good read. An interesting look at the differences between the Amish and the English. It kept me interested the whole book with unexpected plot twists.Published 1 month ago by Lori
I'm committed to reading the series of Police Chief Kate Burkholder in order since I actually read the last published book and became enthralled with the author's writing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by June Ahern
Great characters and storyline. The author doesn't hold anything back. Not for those who are easily disturbed.
I will continue with the Burkholder books.