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 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 am really enjoying this series. we occasionally visited the Amanda colonies and the author does an excellent job describing the conflict between a modern society and a uniquely special community that tries to keep values of the past alive. Excellent mystery! Narrator is superb, my only criticism there is that the word "wind" as in a winding road or winding thread around a spool is pronounced with a LONG "i" in (why is it SO difficult for narrators to get this right)?
Reading allows me to travel through time; to visit the world's unique and stunning places. To become somebody I am not... It is glorious.
I found the review of this book interesting as they were all over the board. This novel seems to have inspired lots of love and lots of hate. I don't quite fall on either end of the spectrum. I found it to be an above average easy-reading, junk-food-for-the-brain mystery. I listened to the entire book over two days because it was an enjoyable listen.
I like the setting -- an idyllic Pennsylvania Dutch town. I like the protagonist - the highly-trained and experienced detective who has recently moved to this police force, taking over the policing of the town in which she grew up. She has secrets which affect her current case, and which seem to have contributed to the fact that she left her Amish family and community. I do wish, though, that the author explored the Amish theme more. I would love to learn more about what it means to be Amish. Some of my favorite mystery series explore cultures (C J Box' Joe Pickett books; Dana Stabenow's Kate Shugak series) Stabenow's series is hit or miss for me and when I do love it, her setting - Alaska - is its own character. I had hoped that Ms Castillo would make the small Amish community into its own character. I was hoping that I would fall in love with the region and find myself planning my next vacation. Unfortunately we didn't quite make the trip. However, I still found it to be a well-written book. The story is predictable but it allows the reader to escape to a foreign world and understand a culture that most of us know nothing about.
There are other flaws too, but even with 1/2 stars available for each category I would still rate it at 3.5 stars. It was an easy read.
Just finished this book, and I am relieved this one is over. Not because I disliked it, but that the suspense is over...for now. I'm a big series listening, and I saw that the newest Chief Kate Burkholder book had been released. I didn't want to start there, so bought Sworn to Silence: A Thriller...and boy, was it! I will give no spoilers other than what others have said. The graphic descriptions of the murders are difficult, and I had to purposely think of other things while trying to go to sleep this week. I had seen the movie a while ago, so knew what was to come. However, the movie script is quite different than the actual book so was relieved at the end. Surprises around every turn. Had to keep telling myself that this was just the first of the series and Chef Burkholder is the heroine of a bunch more books coming up so she will be alright. I recommend this highly...but start the series with this book, like I did.
The story itself was OK. The major issue with this book was the narration. The narrator tended to be a bit overly melodramatic to the point it became a bit irritating. Unfortunately the narration effected my perception of the overall book.
Old Broad with Keyboard
I enjoyed it & would listen again.
Kate, of course. She's tough yet vulnerable & wants to make her town a better place for everyone to live. She does have her blind spots though & is not as assertive as she should be which could be her undoing.
I'll be looking for more books from this author & this performer.