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Sworn to Silence

A Thriller
Série : Kate Burkholder Series, Volume 1
Durée : 11 h et 45 min
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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 16 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.

©2009 Linda Castillo (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

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"Deeply flawed characters in a distinctive setting make this a crackling good series opener, recommended for fans of T. Jefferson Parker and Robert Ellis, whose books take place in very un-Amish settings but who generate the same kind of chills and suspense." (Booklist)

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  • karen
  • 07/09/2012

Surprised me!

I'm not a big fan of serial killer stories -- they tend to get boring and repetitious, not to mention unpleasantly over the top in terms of pain and gore. But in reading the blurb that described this book by Linda Castillo, something grabbed my attention -- not too sure what. In any event, I'm glad I bought it. It's different -- and very very good.

There's some blood and guts, to be sure, but not much. Most of the story focuses on the Police Chief protagonist, Kate Burkholder. (Ever notice how many female cops, etc, are named 'Kate'?) And she is an interesting bird -- grew up Amish, speaking Pennsylvania Dutch, at age 18 she elected not to join the church, and set out to become a police officer instead. Now she's been hired back in her home community, where she's trying to serve as a bridge between the Amish and the "English", ie, everyone else. Tough job -- would be a tough job for everyone, but needless to say, having a female chief of police would be a big enough issue in the first place, let alone one thought to harbor the pacifist ideals of the Amish community. In addition to everything else, Kate has a hostile board to deal with, people who seem set on making her life as miserable as possible. (Been there, done that myself -- maybe that's why I identified with this protagonist.)

Linda Castillo did an excellent job with this story -- really remarkable. There were times when Kate's anguish over things that were happening were so intensely described I actually shed a tear or two for her -- now when's the last time THAT happened? The whole thing is really well done -- and the narration by Kathleen McInerney is perfect for this book. Not overdone, not underdone, just right.

I've since bought two more books in this series, haven't listened to them yet, but if they're only partly as good as this one, they're more than worth it. Good book!

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  • SHEILA
  • 01/08/2009

I'm sorry.....

I wanted to like it, but this story plays out like a bad made-for-tv movie...predictable....
(Sorry author)Worst narrator for THIS story ever,something else for her may be a better choice.
If she says the word "inordinately" one more time...I may have an inordinately strong dislike for the story. Wish we could rate with 1/2 stars, for 2 1/2 stars is a more appropriate rating.

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  • Lehua of Pacifica
  • 05/07/2009

Freddie Goes Amish

It's clear this author would be capable of writing a good story; it's unclear why she chose not to. Is it that gore and horror sell? Is she aiming at the teenagers who watch the Friday the 13th style of horror movies? It actually becomes boring in the middle of psychotic mania rampages simply because she so belabors every repellent detail. Even the supposedly good guys left me unmoved. Flawed characters are all well and good, but there's a distance between them vs. folks that have degenerated into complete basket cases. The plot is pretty silly most of the time. Like, hasn't this woman -- an officer of the law -- ever heard of lawyers?

AUDIO: McInerney is a mediocre actress, and is all over the place in this novel, bouncing between overacting and flat-affect droning, with only a few bits that are well done. The protagonist is played nowhere near tough enough, and all the men sound like dweebs.

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  • shelley
  • 04/09/2018

GREAT PROCEDURAL!

I was actually hesitant about buying this book due to the mixed reviews. I am so glad I decided to give it a try because I now have a new series with quite a few books to get caught up with!
This is the beginning of the Kate Burkholder series. I won't rereview or restate the plot , between the publisher's summary and the many reviews already posted I think anyone reading this can get a pretty good idea what the book is about.
I will say I think this is a really good book. I think the writing is excellent, the characters are fleshed out and believable. There is a unique take on plot lines using the Amish people and ways as a focal point for the stories. The landscape is vividly described and you can clearly see it as the author wants you to. I found the plot plausible and the antagonist a cunning sociopath who easily could have been taken from reality.
I also liked that romance was kept to a minimum. When I read a procedural I don't really care who is bedding who unless for some reason it has impact on the storyline.
I've always found the Amish lifestyle fascinating and know the Castillo did tons of research for the book so I am assuming her lifestyle facts are correct and I felt like I've learned something new (that's always a plus!).
Kathleen McInerney does an excellent job narrating.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25/05/2012

Ridiculously bad

What would have made Sworn to Silence better?

The plot was so predictable and the language is full of cliches and awkward dialog. These things could have been improved.

What was most disappointing about Linda Castillo’s story?

I figured it out about a third of the way through, and I usually don't figure mysteries out.

What didn’t you like about Kathleen McInerney’s performance?

Awkwardly read.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I guess the Amish twist is sort of interesting, but there are so many better mysteries out there.

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  • Vicky
  • 04/10/2010

Steer clear.

I listened to the whole book because I could not believe that with the good ratings it had it could be as predictable as it was. The story begins well with possibilities to keep the reader in suspense throughout, but it all falls through quickly and ends up being really disappointing. If I could have given it a zero rating I would have.

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  • Stevon
  • 14/09/2019

great first book in a series

Sometimes the setting in a book is hard to get by. Think of this book, a young Amish girl leaves the order at age 18 after suffering a tragedy that changed the course of her life. She moves to Columbus, OH where she eventually becomes a police officer and then detective. And, then, she moves back to her hometown, Painters Mill, where she is hired as police chief with the belief she can be a bridge between the Amish and the 'English'. C'mon, isn't that a bit of a stretch? But the author makes it work.

The author won several awards for this book. It is fast paced and action packed right from the beginning and never lets up. There are a series of murders that are eerily similar to murders that happened years before which played a part in her leaving the Amish way of life. She is working as hard as she can on the cases but there are forces working against her that keep getting in the way.

I listened to one of the books in this series some years ago. I rated it a 5 but for some reason didn't go back to book #1, this book, and start working my way methodically through the series as I often do. Maybe now is that time.

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  • Byron
  • 22/09/2012

Unique Amish mystery/thriller

I've finally gotten around to reading the first book in the Kate Burkholder mystery series and I was hooked after the first 20 pages. Good thing is, there are already more to read from this excellent author, Linda Casttillo.

This thriller is uniquely placed in Ohio Amish country, where the relationship between the Amish and Englishers is a bit strained
already. Kate seems to be the perfect Sherif for the small town of Painter's Mill because she grew up Amish but has left their community life. At fourteen, a personal tragedy sent her into the world of hard living, heavy drinking, and a 'take no prisoners' attitude' that found her recovery sending her into the police academy. Now, as Sherif, she understands and respects the Amish, but her life is in the English community.

All is going well until a girl's body is found. Her brutal murder resembles that of the four victims of a serial murder from sixteen years years ago. Kate may know facts that could help the case but hurt her. More murders cause the Town Council to become political in their drive to sabotage Kate. They bring in other law enforcement officers, including a rogue officer with a tragic story of his own. Kate and John become strange allies in their determination to solve this case without loosing themselves, but the suspects cause their own difficult issues.

The twists and turns definitely pleased this avid mystery reader! This is not another twist on the same old mystery theme. It's uniqueness and thrills won me over quickly.

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  • Laura
  • 25/06/2012

Good introduction to Castillo

I very much enjoyed this book though it did drag on a bit in places. Would recommend.

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  • Kathy
  • 28/10/2009

Predictable w/ info for those interested in amish

Although the plot was predictable, it was interesting to see the how the protagonist handled her Amish roots but lived in English mainstream. I found the narrator differentiated between the various characters consistently. Yes there were some well used plot elements but I still was willing to see if Castillo had other books in this series. IF you aren't picky and dont mind a bit of gore, its a good read.

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  • Heidemarie Mahoney
  • 08/10/2013

Very very entertaining! Intelligent story.

An exotic setting (was really interesting to hear about the Amish) and an intelligent story - albeit - sometimes it had it's lengths. Good - let it be construed as tool to impress the reader with the all persisting fear that comes round and round and round.
A slight thing.
In the end! Well worth listening too. Very good characterization of all people involved. Locigal story development.
I WHOLEHEARTEDLY RECOMMEND THIS THRILLER!

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