The author just doesn't represent a small town the way it REALLY is. The police would NEVER have to identify themselves in a town of this size. EVERYONE would know them on sight and they would know everyone as well.
Yes, it was predictable and more importantly to me, it was unnecessarily gory in several places, but it is somewhat entertaining without any depth.
I differ, however, about the narrator. I really enjoyed her.
I enjoyed not only the story but the narrator. At first I was not sure about the narrator but she grows on you.
The plot and overall story performance here was good..sadly my short attention spanned wouldn't allow me to listen to the book in it's entirety because of Castillo's lengthy descriptions which seem to prolong the action. I discovered that Lifetime made a movie based on the book so I purchased it from my Amazon Prime account and watched the ending instead - lol. Would recommend however.
This book has good bones. I do not mean the bits of osseous tissue that are left exposed after the killer puts his female victims through every imaginable form of degradation and torture that a plodding Jack the Ripper has ever dreamed up. (In fact I am surprised that Ms. Castillo does not have her villain eating his prey at the end.) The premise is intriguing. Female police chief who was raised in the Amish tradition but chooses to take another path after injustice impinges on her childhood. A good start but a graphic and poorly crafted body of work. The writer's descriptions fall flat yet every new corpse has some fresh hell inflicted on it with no nuance as to the twisted mind behind the crimes. Family notifications after another woman has been found read more like a psychopath's porn mag - voyeuristic instead of the, most likely, intended homage to the victim. You will know who the killer is half way through the book and your mind will skip ahead as to the final confrontation between the protagonist and the killer. You will also be thinking that it cannot arrive quickly enough. All in all - don't bother. This reads like a grotesque Lifetime movie. Oh wait - I believe you can rent it on Netflix.
A more original story and more unique characters.
Great disappointment. This book is one mystery cliche after cliche. The author just didn't seem to know much about police from anything other than TV shows. Stupid stuff like "Don't leave town". The chief was a homicide detective for 2 years but in the first 15 minutes of the book she didn't know basic forensic stuff. The police in her department (every one has a nickname) swear and talk on the radio like the Duke boys but when she needs them, they are all professional CSI/Investigators.
I liked the concept of an Amish woman turned police officer but it was a huge fail.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
The town of Painters Mill, Ohio is a small town in Amish Country. Most of the people are known to one another, or else, have at the very least, a nodding acquaintance. The town is comprised of English as well as the Amish community. The two groups do not mix socially and live very different life styles.
The new Police Chief of Painters Mill is Kate Burkholder. Kate has an interesting history because she grew up Amish in the town that she now serves. She left the community many years ago when she was a teenager and now in her thirties, she's an outsider to her Amish family and former friends. Chief Burkholder is competent, smart and tough when she needs to be. Her officers and staff all have her respect. When the shocking and horrible murder of a young woman takes place, Kate's reminded of some brutal killings that took place when she was young. The Chief has kept a secret from her past, a horrible secret that has always been in the back of her mind, and she's more than determined to stop and identify the killer. Could this be the same killer from years ago!
When outside investigator are called in, Chief Burkholder tries to maintain her control over the situation, but the town council feels that because of her lack of inexperience, she needs assistance. There's really a lot going on in this story with the many varied characters who each have their own agendas. There's even a little romance, which gives a lift to the darker side of Sworn To Silence.
I live near amish. It was "close to home" for me. Was a good little thriller.
She's getting a little more bloodier. Borderline Steven Kingish
If you're looking for a exciting sitting on the edge of your seat book, this is the book for you. I really liked the plot, the series, etc. she's keeping everyone and everything interesting but I definitely cannot listen to this before I go t bed. However, I "still" would get more books by her. They're very good.