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"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, Silence is the opening salvo in what promises to be a gripping series.”—People magazine (3 ½ out of 4 stars)
“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
“[Castillo] combines the protagonist's Amish background with her tough cop persona so skillfully and with such finesse, that both aspects of her character are totally believable. She also makes police procedure anything but tedious.” —Sandra Brown
“Complicated, haunted protagonists, shocking murders, psychological twists and bizarre crime scenes. . . . Sworn to Silence is a nail-biting series debut.” —Chelsea Cain
“Castillo’s backdrop of Amish Country is so alive and crawling with atmosphere that you'll swear you can hear the snow crunching underfoot. Sworn to Silence packs a healthy dose of twists but it’s Kate’s memorable voice that will leave you wanting to hear more.” —Alex Kava
“Kate Burkholder is the real deal and Sworn to Silence is a vivid, intense, and brutal page-turner of a novel.” —C.J. Box
“With an utterly compelling protagonist, sharp twists and a setting so real you feel it, Castillo doesn’t ...
About the Author
Linda Castillo is the New York Times bestselling author of the Kate Burkholder novels, including Pray for Silence and Breaking Silence, crime thrillers set in Amish country. She is the recipient of awards including the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence, the Holt Medallion and a nomination for the RITA. Besides writing, Castillo's other passion is horses, particularly her Appaloosa, George. She lives in Texas with her husband.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- File size : 6373 KB
- Publication date : June 23, 2009
- ASIN : B002FDLOFU
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 367 pages
- Publisher : Minotaur Books; First edition (June 23, 2009)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #67,877 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I liked it, but I can’t give it a rave review for a couple of reasons:
One star off: writing. First, I find the present-tense narration to be an annoying affectation, especially when the author does not know the difference between LIE and LAY. You really need to understand the distinction if you’re going to write that way. Second, there is a jarring time-line issue with the discovery of one of the murders. And finally, one of the dispatchers, Mona, supposedly works the graveyard shift, but toward the end of the book she seems to be on duty 24/7.
These could be first-thriller issues. I don’t plan to find out, however, because…second star off: it’s torture porn. Not my cup of tea.
What I liked: Loved the character of Kate. She has an interesting background including being Amish but left her community at 18. I liked the other characters in the book including John and Glock.
What I didn't like: I read mysteries all the time but this onewas quite graphic with the descriptions of the violence. Not my favorite part.
The mystery was great (I didn't figure it out until Kate did). I want to continue reading this series.
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One thing I don't care for is the use of the present tense throughout the book, apart from secondary characters' viewpoints.
I would recommend it, nevertheless, and may consider downloading further books by Linda Castillo.
Kate Burkholder is a strong character, the murders are gory and the local politics ruthless. Kate sets up the investigation into the horrific crimes that are scaring the locals. The plot is good and well paced with short chapters which only serve to ramp up the tension until the perfect climax to the story.
Linda Castillo is well worth a read. I look forward to the developments of the characters in the next three books, starting with Pray for Silence (Kate Burkholder 2)