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Breaking Silence | [Linda Castillo]

Breaking Silence

Police Chief Kate Burkholder is 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. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling series hailed as “gripping” (People) 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).

©2011 Linda Castillo (P)2011 Macmillan Audio

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    Christina 03-22-12
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    "disappointing"

    I was interested by the book's description and looking forward to the setting in an Amish community. However the lengthy descriptions of Chief Burkholder's brooding about her conflicted feelings about the Amish community got in the way of the story line.Hard to imagine her in directing the work of a police department --- even a small one. I think some judicious editing would have helped this book because, basically the story is a good one with some good plot twists.

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    Pam Frankfort,, Il, United States 04-11-12
    Pam Frankfort,, Il, United States 04-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Story"
    Would you try another book from Linda Castillo and/or Kathleen McInerney?

    Good story bad narrating. Her voice when she was doing the male characters gave me the creeps.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love Amish stories. Since this was a thriller made it all the better.


    Do you think Breaking Silence needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes!!!! But get a different narrator.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barb 07-31-14
    Barb 07-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Love this series"
    Would you listen to Breaking Silence again? Why?

    Yes, The book is worth reading again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kate Burkholder


    Any additional comments?

    The author uses a lot of detail to describe the scene.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Messina WILLIAMSBURG, VA, United States 09-22-11
    Messina WILLIAMSBURG, VA, United States 09-22-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Very good, nice end to trilogy"

    I really enjoyed all three books, but this one really held my attention. The characters had all been fleshed out and the emotion level of Kate wasn't as intense as the second book. The ending was semi-transparent after a certain point, but there were still some surprises. I'm hoping the author writes more with these characters!

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    Danielle St. Paul, MN, United States 07-06-11
    Danielle St. Paul, MN, United States 07-06-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Not Great"

    The author engaged in a lot of unnecessary exposition, "I shouldn't have felt that way, but I did, and I wondered if it was because I was raised Amish and understood so much about her life." The reader gave Tomasetti's voice a strange, raspy quality intended, I think, to convey masculine depth. Instead, it made him sound like a bad Clint Eastwood imitator. The real problem, however, is the writing which is awkward, and often devolves into cliches.

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    "Linda Castillo a great story teller"
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    Amish life and detective work make this an interesting mystery. Kathleen McInerney's reading made Linda Castillo's story come to life.

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  • Heike
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    "Sex offenders and Amish"

    Compared to her debut novel "Sworn to Silence" the sequence spares the reader the gruesome detailed description of torture and death. (Hence this is a better choice if you want to listen to it when are out jogging desolated roads in the dark). The Amish/English conflict is well depicted again and draws the reader into the story. Once again I found the protagonists Kate and Tomasetti too one-dimensional and their respective burdens too far fetched. Nevertheless this book is a good choice if you are looking for a suspense crime novel.

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