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Sworn to Silence Audiobook

Sworn to Silence: A Thriller

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Publisher's Summary

Now the subject of the Lifetime original movie: An Amish Murder

Some secrets are too terrible to reveal...Some crimes are too unspeakable to solve.

In the sleepy rural town of Painters Mill, Ohio, the Amish and "English" residents have lived side by side for two centuries. But 16 years ago, a series of brutal murders shattered the peaceful farming community. In the aftermath of the violence, the town was left with a sense of fragility, a loss of innocence.

Kate Burkholder, a young Amish girl, survived the terror of the Slaughterhouse Killer but came away from its brutality with the realization that she no longer belonged with the Amish.

Now, a wealth of experience later, Kate has been asked to return to Painters Mill as Chief of Police. Her Amish roots and big city law enforcement background make her the perfect candidate. She's certain she's come to terms with her past - until the first body is discovered in a snowy field. Kate vows to stop the killer before he strikes again. But to do so, she must betray both her family and her Amish past - and expose a dark secret that could destroy her.

©2009 Linda Castillo; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"Deeply flawed characters in a distinctive setting make this a crackling good series opener, recommended for fans of T. Jefferson Parker and Robert Ellis, whose books take place in very un-Amish settings but who generate the same kind of chills and suspense." (Booklist)

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    JFK 09-17-17
    JFK 09-17-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Gore and violence in needless abundance"
    What disappointed you about Sworn to Silence?

    Castillo use gruesome details way in excess of what is needed to tell a good story, Apparently she feels the need to goose her unremarkable writing with bloody, scatalogical and very violent prose. Who needs it? Not me, not readers who appreciate good story telling.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I will listen to a James Lee Burke work because he can write very well without the crutch of gore.


    What three words best describe Kathleen McInerney’s performance?

    versatile, well done


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Sworn to Silence?

    cut the entire book


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    Kristina Brown 05-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Scary with a Capital S"
    Would you listen to Sworn to Silence again? Why?

    Suspenseful, Scary and amazing.


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

    I love listening to the same reader with every book. Kathleen does great.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Something wicked shows up in Amish country


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    J. Kromrie 08-16-16
    J. Kromrie 08-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "having grown up as a Quaker in the Midwest..."

    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)?

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    Kelly Colorado Springs 08-08-16
    Kelly Colorado Springs 08-08-16
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    "an Amish, Female Police Detective."

    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.

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    Deena 07-29-16
    Deena 07-29-16
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    "On the Edge of my Seat Listening"

    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.

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    Melissa Miller 07-10-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Just OK"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Sharon in Surrey Vancouver, Canada 07-08-16
    Sharon in Surrey Vancouver, Canada 07-08-16 Member Since 2006
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    "Well, That was a Surprise"
    Would you listen to Sworn to Silence again? Why?

    I enjoyed it & would listen again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll be looking for more books from this author & this performer.

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    Lucinda 05-23-16
    Lucinda 05-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic"

    Wow! I highly recommend this book and I am looking forward to the next. The characters came to life. The details of the crime scenes pulled me into the story.

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    mickeyfred 04-09-16
    mickeyfred 04-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Gone of our favorites"

    Couldn't stop listening. Excellent story, very entertaining. On a level with The Nightingale for entertainment value!

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    jaynett Durham 03-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "So hard to believe....."

    Too unrealistic and the narrator made it worse. I was looking for a new series but this is not it. I finished listening to the entire story but it was almost painful and once I listened to the Q&A with the author at the end it became apparent as to why it was so bad, a couple of ride a longs and a shopping trip to Amish Country does not an expert make. I had high hopes. This was a let down.

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  • Katherine
    Belper, United Kingdom
    11/1/12
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    "Not great, even for £5.99"

    I bought this in a halloween sale- it was cheap and long enough to make it feel worth buying even though I didn't know what to expect. But I didn't enjoy it much, and couldn't listen to the whole of the last half. It is a fairly standard thriller, though (partly) set in an amish community, which sounded interesting. I felt the characters were one dimensional, though I think the author put lots of effort in to make them "complex" and "flawed", this didn't work. Instead they became either unbelievable or just not real. Also, I found a lot of it tedious, despite many bloody and violent events and graphic descriptions of crimes. Just didn't do it for me- a shame as had a very promising premise. It was well read, but this wasn't enough to make it good.

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  • Amazon Customer
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    1/6/13
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    "Introducing Kate Burkholder"

    Introducing Kate Burkholder, an ex Amish member, now Chief of Police in Painter Mill where there is a large Amish community. Add a nasty murder ( or two, three ....), a damaged State Investigator and a tangled personal history and you have a great story.

    Loved the book when I read it ages ago. Loved it even more when read by Kathleen McIerney.

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  • Heike
    Heidelberg, Germany
    1/6/13
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    "Gruesome detailed torture scenes"

    I started listening to it on my run on a cold dark December morning and nearly gave up. Sorry, I really don't need detailed description what humans can do to another human being. Luckily I persevered and found this a gripping thriller located in an unusual community where Amish and English live side by side. The personal stories of the protagonists Kate Burkholder and Tomassetti however I found too unbelievable and hence couldn't really relate to them.

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  • Yvonne
    KETTERING, United Kingdom
    12/30/12
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    "Sworn to read the next one ......"

    This was my first experience of Linda Castillo and well done you, the story wove two different communities and their conflicts and similarities with skill and guile, keeping the suspense going till very nearly the end. And the twist {pause for effect} is great.



    I am looking out for other work by this author, and would recommend this as a great read/listen. Kathleen McInerney wasn't the best reader I have ever come across but she kept it going without sending me to sleep as I drove along and I did feel her voice suited the "heroine". Plenty of room for developing the plot into a series with both lead protagonists. As I said before I would like to have more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    LYDBROOK, United Kingdom
    11/24/12
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    "Shocking to read"

    I didn't know what I was getting into when I downloaded this book - I have never listened to anything like it and I'm not sure I would want to again. Obviously well written or I suppose I wouldn't be so shocked but the first paragraph was so disturbing I became quite upset. I spread the book over a few weeks and managed to finish it the storyline was good but one wonders at the necessity of such graphic description. Or how anyone could describe anything so awful?

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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