Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo Review

Title: Sworn to Silence

Author: Linda Castillo

Publisher:  MacMillan Audio

Format: Audible Audiobook

Publication Date: June 25, 2009

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Audible

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.

This book had my anxiety sky-rocketing. I have to say that I absolutely loved Kate Burkholder. I feel like I identify with her quite a bit as I also had a religious upbringing (Not Amish, but definitely very conservative). Even when you go out into the “real world” you still carry alot of that with you, and its evident that Kate does. This mystery was absolutely riveting, and up until the end I was going back and forth between 2 people I suspected. In the end the answer became obvious with all of the clues, but still it lasted for most of the book which I appreciated.

I also loved John Tomasetti, I did find it odd how quickly the two grew together considering how damaged he was. It’s not that I”m upset he’s moving on from his wife and kids death but it feels weird that one day he’s drowning in despair, and the next he’s getting it on with a woman he met two days before. Doesn’t seem healthy, and doesn’t feel realistic. Aside from that though, I did like the interactions between Kate and Tomasetti, and I definitely felt the chemistry even if I wondered at it sometimes.

Overall I’d give this book a 4 out of 5 stars, it was well-written and kept me captivated from beginning to end. Also the narrator Kathleen McInerney was fantastic, and I really appreciated how well she differentiated the voices.

4/5 – An Enjoyable Read, Well Written

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

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“They trudged through a deep snowdrift. Then, as if blocked by some invisible force field, they stopped. John had seen a lot of crime scenes in the years he’d been a cop. He’d seen death from natural causes and murders so bloody and horrific that even veteran cops dropped to their knees and vomited. He’d seen the neat and brutal execution-style murders common to drug dealers anxious to make their mark. He’d seen innocent children cut down in the crossfire of gangland wars. He’d seen babies murdered and dumped like trash. None of that prepared him for the sight that accosted him now.”
Linda Castillo, Sworn to Silence