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Breaking Silence Audiobook

Breaking Silence

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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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    tinaswfl 03-22-12
    tinaswfl 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.


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    Rebecca 07-11-17
    Rebecca 07-11-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Love Love this series."

    I will say this is like the 4th time listening to this book. I have the whole series and love every minute of it. Would love to see another LT film.

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    Samantha Rouleau 07-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    it was an awesome book! the story was great. kept me guessing till the end

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    M. Childers Texas, USA 02-25-17
    M. Childers Texas, USA 02-25-17 Member Since 2011

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    "Good Amish mystery story. Unlikeable heroine."
    What made the experience of listening to Breaking Silence the most enjoyable?

    I have listened to 3 of the Kate Burkholder Amish mysteries by Linda Castillo. I love the premise, love the idea of an amish murder mystery. The mystery/murder elements of the story were intrigingly horrible with some nasty bad guys.. And the whodunit held my interest. I really liked some of the side characters, Glock, Skid and Pickles were nice supporting characters, and I really really liked Tomasetti. But, as much as I tried over 3 books, I just really disliked Kate. And its very hard for me to remain engaged in a series when I am unable to "root" for the main character.


    What could Linda Castillo have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I didn't like Kate. I grew very tired of being reminded over and over and over about her growing up Amish, and how every little bitty thing, every aspect of her job, every Amish child she encounters throw her into a whiney, brooding mess who is mired in memories and flashbacks. I felt she had no backbone. I got tired of being repeatedly told that her tragic Amish past gets in the way of her being able to function. We are told over and over how every nearly every amish encounter throws her into loooong angsty internal monologs. I am disappointed. I'm not sure if I will listen to others in the series, but the interesting mystery aspects of the story,, for me, are over-shadowed by too much whining.


    What about Kathleen McInerney’s performance did you like?

    I liked her performance for the most part. Some of her male voice were a bit weird, but not too distracting.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not moved actually, but some of the "bad" guys had me cringing, and grimacing when the utter nastiness of their actions are revealed. And there is a "bad" guy "twist and reveal" close to the end of Breaking Silence that took me completely by surprised. I did not see it coming.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the stories twists and turns were terrific. I wish I knew that Kate Burkholder had some character development. I am completely on the fence on whether I will continue to listen to further books in the series.

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    JD 09-07-16
    JD 09-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Keeps me engaged both story a day narrator."

    Loved it, engaging, good storyline. I'm hooked. Hope the series does not end! Love it!

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    Tonya 03-02-16
    Tonya 03-02-16
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    "Favorite in the series so far."

    Linda Castiilo is new to me but i will finish this series and look for anything else shes written.

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    Trish DECATUR, GEORGIA, United States 11-08-15
    Trish DECATUR, GEORGIA, United States 11-08-15
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    "Read Linda Castillo's Amish series now!"
    Would you listen to Breaking Silence again? Why?

    Breaking Silence is one of six or so series about Kate Burkholder who is a cop in an Amish communiity. These books are serious but not gory mysteries involving Amish and set in middle Ohio, Linda Castillo is a careful, descriptiive writer--I really could visualize beautiful Holmes County in middle Ohio.


    What does Kathleen McInerney bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I loved Kathleen McInerney as a narrator. Her voice is slow and melodious.


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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.

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    Danielle St. Paul, MN, United States 07-06-11
    Danielle St. Paul, MN, United States 07-06-11 Member Since 2012
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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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  • Anne
    Princes Risborough, United Kingdom
    3/18/14
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    "Linda Castillo a great story teller"
    Any additional comments?

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    1/6/13
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    "Tragedy strikes but soon it becomes murder"

    Police Chief Kate Burkholder is called to an accident on a peaceful Amish farm. Two parents and an Uncle are dead in tragic circumstances. Four children are left as orphans.
    But in the course of the autopsies, the coroner discovers that all is not what it seems. One of the victims suffered a head wound before death—murder was involved.

    State agent John Tomasetti works with Kate to search for murder.

    This is the third Kate Burkholder book and links to the previous ones. However, it can be enjoyed as a standalone book just as well.
     

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  • Heike
    Heidelberg, Germany
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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