Pray for Silence - Kate Burkholder, Bk 2 Author:Linda Castillo New York Times bestselling author Linda Castillo delivers an electrifying thriller in which Chief of Police Kate Burkholder must confront a dark evil to solve the mysterious murders of an entire Amish family. — The Plank family moved from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to join the small Amish community of Painters Mill less than a year ago and seemed t... more »he model of the Plain Life -- until on a cold October night, the entire family of seven was found slaughtered on their farm. Police Chief Kate Burkholder and her small force have few clues, no motive, and no suspect. Formerly Amish herself, Kate is no stranger to the secrets the Amish keep from the English -- and each other -- but this crime is horribly out of the ordinary.
State agent John Tomasetti arrives on the scene to assist. He and Kate worked together on a previous case during which they began a volatile relationship. They soon realize the disturbing details of this case will test their emotional limits and force them to face demons from their own troubled pasts -- and for Kate, a personal connection that is particularly hard to bear.
When she discovers a diary that belonged to one of the teenaged daughters, Kate is shocked to learn the girl kept some very dark secrets and may have been living a lurid double life. Who is the charismatic stranger who stole the young Amish girl's heart? Could the brother -- a man with a violent past, rejected and shunned by his family and the Amish community, have come to seek out revenge? As Kate's outrage grows so does her resolve to find the killer and bring him to justice -- even if it means putting herself in the line of fire.
Topping her own bestselling debut, Linda Castillo once again immerses us in the world of the Amish with a chilling story that is both a fast-paced thriller and intriguing psychological puzzle.« less
In the second outing for police chief Kate Burkholder, a person--or persons--have slaughtered all seven members of the Amish Plank family at their home in Painters Mill, Ohio. The bodies of the two teenage daughters show signs of torture. At first, it appears the father, Amos, killed his wife and five children, then shot himself. When clues point to a killer outside the family, Kate, who left the Amish community decades before, zeroes in on 15-year-old Mary, who may have flirted with the idea of living in the English world. Lending a hand is Kate's on-again/off-again boyfriend, John Tomasetti, an agent suspended from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and Identification for failing a recent drug test in the wake of his own family's murder about two years earlier. Castillo excels at detailing gory crime scenes, but she leaves Kate and John as little more than cookies cut from the same troubled cop mold.
Castillo can describe crime scenes in detail, but here it seems overwrought. And, let's face it, with what both Burkholder and Tomasetti have done in their personal and professional lives, it's a wonder they still have jobs. The case rattles Burkholder, who left the Amish faith as a teenager after she was raped by an Amish man. Helping her through the stressful investigation is John Tomasetti, a big-city cop battling his own demons (his wife and young daughters were murdered a few years before). The two had a brief affair, but time has passed and both have hesitations about rekindling the romance. They have plenty to distract them as they search for a killer who may have more sinister acts in store. Though the plot fizzles a bit at the end (I guessed the killer), a unique setting and a very human heroine make this a good recommendation.
I have never written a book review before. I always felt my opinion was too subjective. But I figured, I read them right? I chose this for the first one because I felt so strongly about it, but I am afraid it won't be a popular opinion.
While I really did enjoy her first book in this series, "Sworn to Silence", I cannot say the same for this one. You could actually save your money or your credit and just re-read the first one. There is enough repetition between the first and second and then just in the second one alone, deja-vu comes to mind. If you removed all the repetitious and unnecessary dialogue, I believe you would have only half a book. The rest felt very much like filler. The words sigh, grimace and shrug (and all variations thereof) were used so many times I started to laugh when I read them.
I think the editor dropped the ball on letting this one fly. There were so many ridiculous and implausible scenarios. Two of my favorites being: Frost on the windshield of a car and sweltering heat in the same day. Is that even possible? They were also swarmed by mosquitoes that day and I'm pretty sure the frost would have killed them. Also, going to a noisy pool playing and football watching bar for some "peace and quiet"? Men should try that one more often.
There were also a constant barrage of clues and mysteries that the Chief of Police couldn't figure out right away, that were so rudimentary it made realty hard to swallow. However, I did finish the book just to see how it turned out, albeit cracking up every time someone sighed, shrugged or grimaced.
In a nutshell, there are always certain similarities involved in every series of books, but this really lacked any (or enough) fresh ideas or new scenarios. It even stormed during the big climax just as it did with the first book. Enough said....
Excellent murder story, involving the Amish it gives you a small look into the lives of this non-violent religious group. Good characters and it is all easy to keep up with, not a lot of descriptions that are not necessary and not too many characters that you can't keep track of them. Excellent--recommend!
Sadly disappointed. I really enjoyed "Sworn to Silence" and looked forward to reading this one. I'm happy that I didn't spend any money on it since I could not finish it. The gory descriptions of the killings of the Plank family are not for the faint of heart and I had a hard time reading through the first 40 pages or so. My biggest problem, however, is that Ms. Castillo must think her readers are stupid. Why else, would we need to be reminded on every other page that Kate Burkholder grew up Amish and KNOWS what it's like and how it feels and how one can keep secrets. We get it, Ms. Castillo. So repetitive and unnecessary. Also unpalletable, are Ms. Burkholder's serious lapses in judgment since she is supposedly an experienced police officer. The book was overlong and in need of some serious editing. I seriously doubt that I will read the next in the series.