Sworn to Silence, Paperback
4 out of 5 (11 ratings)


Some secrets are too terrible to reveal ...Some crimes are too unspeakable to solve ...Painter's Creek, Ohio may be a sleepy, rural town with both Amish and 'English' residents, but it's also the place where a series of brutal murders shattered the lives of an entire community over a decade ago.

When the killing stopped, it left in its aftermath a sense of fragility, and for the young Amish girl, Katie Burkholder, a realization that she didn't belong.

Now, 15 years, two dead parents and a wealth of experience later, Katie has been asked to return as Chief of Police.

Her Amish background combined with her big-city law enforcement expertise make her the perfect candidate.

Katie is certain she has come to terms with the past.

Until the first body of a slaughtered young woman is found in a pristine, snowy field...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780330471886



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This book grabs you by the collar in the first chapter and doesn't let go. It has enough twists to keep you guessing. While some of the supporting characters can be deemed as stereotypical crime novel characters, the main characters are unique enough to drag you into the story. Just when you think the author is taking you towards a cliched storyline she yanks you back in a totally unexpected direction. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a really good crime thriller.

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Kate Burkholder is the chief of police in a small Amish town in Ohio. Kate grew up Amish but left the order after a crime changed her life. Now as an adult, a brutal serial killer is on the loose and Kate needs to stop him. I really liked this book. It was riveting. Kate is one of those characters you can't help but like. The crimes in this book were very brutal and graphic. I'm not sure I needed that much gore but it did get the point across. You wanted the killer caught and quick! Very suspenseful!

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Sworn to Silence is a Library Thing Early Reviewers book that I just got around to reading. And I cannot fathom why I waited. Well, other than the fact that I'm buried in books right now, that is.Anyway. If you're a fan of mystery/thrillers, you'll want to pick this one up. It's chock-full of characters you root for, crimes that'll make you shudder, and the ever-present wish that they find the killer before they find another body. What else do you want? =)

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Interesting read. This story centers in Amish country, a typically quiet life that is being disturbed (again) by murders. Descriptive, slightly graphic at times. It is a page turner that you will have trouble putting down.

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I really enjoyed this book. I had a few problems with the book, but they didn't take away from the overall enjoyment and overall impression.First, this seemed something new to me. While it was a thriller, and a suspenseful one with a little romance kicked in, it wasn't the same 'ole thing. I don't know if that's because of the Amish angle, or the fact that the Cheif of Police is a woman. Either way, I liked that it was a little different and that I wasn't able to solve the crime from the first half of the book. In fact, I didn't have it figured out until the very end! I had suspicions and suspects, but I wasn't sure!The crimes commited in this story are violent. This isn't something to read without knowing that up front. While I didn't feel that they were overly gorey, I'm not sure that I could watch a movie depicting what happened here. Castillo did a wonderful job of setting the scenes without making this hard to read. I'll give her big props for that. I think she has a real talent for writing. She also made the characters real. Kate and John were well developed and I enjoyed following them through this book. I also found myself really fond of Kate's favorite deputy, Glock. He wasn't overly described, which was okay since he wasn't a main character. But, I still found him intersting and liked his parts in the book. This review doesn't say much. I know that. I feel like anything that I really want to say would spoil it for someone who hasn't read it. I had actually read a few not so hot reviews of it and found that they caused me to put off reading it. However, I should remember that certain books aren't for everyone. I really liked it and think that it would make an excellent read for a book club. There are several aspects that I'd love to discuss with others, so if anyone hears of a club discussing this, let me know!

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