Breaking Silence by Linda Castillo

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9 Critic Reviews

Written at a thrilling pace, with haunting images, Breaking Silence is a novel worth staying up all night to reach the end.
-NY Journal of Books

Synopsis

The New York Times bestselling series hailed as "gripping" (People magazine) and "compelling" (USA Today) returns with Police Chief Kate Burkholder called to the scene of a horrific tragedy on a peaceful Amish farm.

The Slabaugh family are model Amish farmers, prosperous and hardworking, with four children and a happy extended family. When the parents and an uncle are found dead in their barn, it appears to be a gruesome accident: methane gas asphyxiation caused by a poorly ventilated cesspit. But in the course of a routine autopsy, the coroner discovers that one of the victims suffered a head wound before death—clearly, foul play was involved. But who would want to make orphans of the Slabaughs' children? And is this murder somehow related to a recent string of shocking hate crimes against the Amish?

Having grown up Amish, Kate is determined to bring the killer to justice. Because the other series of attacks are designated hate crimes, the state sends in agent John Tomasetti, with whom Kate has a long and complex relationship. Together, they search for the link between the crimes—and uncover a dark secret at work beneath the placid surface of this idyllic Amish community.

Chock full of twists and chills and set against the unusual world of the Amish, this series "will delight fans of Chelsea Cain and Thomas Harris" (USA Today).

 

About Linda Castillo

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New York Times bestselling author Linda Castillo lives in Texas with her husband and is currently at work on her next book in this series, also set in Amish Country and featuring Chief of Police Kate Burkholder. Visit www.lindacastillo.com to learn more.
 
Published June 21, 2011 by Minotaur Books. 315 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Breaking Silence
All: 9 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 0

Kirkus

Good
on Jun 21 2011

Kate’s third...offers plenty of violence, a surprise ending and some insight into the Amish way of life.

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NY Journal of Books

Excellent
on Jun 21 2011

Written at a thrilling pace, with haunting images, Breaking Silence is a novel worth staying up all night to reach the end.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
on Jul 04 2011

BREAKING SILENCE would be worth reading for the mystery alone, but there is much more here. Castillo's ability to present the Amish society sympathetically and objectively keeps the narrative flowing.

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NJ.com

Good
on Jul 31 2011

As in the first two novels in the series, nothing is what it seems and the path to solving the crime is twisting and fraught with danger. Happily, Kathleen McInerney has returned to narrate Castillo’s spellbinding story.

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Blogger News Network

Good
on Aug 17 2011

If you prefer your books dark and complex, your major characters flawed and realistic, and your reads fast paced and suspenseful this one is the one of for you.

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True Crime Book Reviews

Good
on Jun 24 2011

Twist, turns, and dirty little secrets abound in Breaking Silence. It’ll keep your attention from beginning to end and leaving feeling disappointed when it’s over.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Good

Castillo is quite knowledgeable about the Amish community, and she fills the novel with a great deal of credible detail and local color that add interest to the story.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Good

The plot has twists and turns that will keep the reader glued to her chair. The mystery is fascinating and complex.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Good

Castillo has done an excellent job of providing an inside look at the Amish culture without resorting to stereotypes. The book is a well-written thriller. I enjoyed BREAKING SILENCE and intend to search out the earlier books in the series.

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