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Blutige Stille (Kate Burkholder #2)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  8,647 ratings  ·  994 reviews
Sie töteten alle Mitglieder der Familie Plank. Die Leichen des Vaters und der beiden Söhne fand man im Wohnhaus, die der Mutter und des Babys auf dem Weg zur Scheune. Doch niemand war auf das vorbereitet, was sie in der Scheune fanden. Die beiden Mädchen, gefoltert und misshandelt. Die Familie gehörte zur amischen Gemeinde in Painters Mill, Ohio, sie lebten getreu ihren Gl ...more
Paperback, 391 pages
Published July 2011 by Fischer (first published 2010)
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Jenni Boyd
Police chief Kate Burkholder, receives a call in the middle of the night of a shooting at an Amish farm. The moment she steps inside the darkened house, her senses first smell the stench of blood, before the beam of her flashlight reveals the carnage within. Desperately searching for any survivors, she follows a trail of blood, finding more victims until she reaches the barn, but nothing can prepare her for the horror that she discovers inside.

With no clues, no evidence, Kate is baffled has to w
Kate Burkholder and her detectives are severely challenged when an entire Amish family of seven is discovered brutally murdered on their farm. One was an infant and the two daughters were horrifically assaulted. They begin the investigation to determine who would have a motive and capability of committing such a heinous act and discover one of the daughters had been living a secret life.

The crime was horrific and the details aren't spared so be prepared. However, all that occurs in the beginning
Sadly disappointed. I really enjoyed "Sworn to Silence" and looked forward to reading this one. I'm happy that I didn't spend any money on it since I could not finish it. The gory descriptions of the killings of the Plank family are not for the faint of heart and I had a hard time reading through the first 40 pages or so. My biggest problem, however, is that Ms. Castillo must think her readers are stupid. Why else, would we need to be reminded on every other page that Kate Burkholder grew up Ami ...more
Tim "The Enchanter"
Excellent Crime Thriller - 4 Stars

Me and Kate Burkholder are not quite seeing eye to eye. Her and her friends need to have their mouths washed out with some soap. We get it already, you are not God-fearing, pacifist Amish. If the penchant for drinking away pain and the intimidation of witnesses didn't give us this impression, the frequent f-bombs certainly clue us in. Although I really do enjoy the wonderful writing and meticulous plots, I going to have to put the series aside. The excessive
Sean Peters
Another great read from Linda Castillo and the second Kate Burkholder books.

One family. One horrific murder. An entire town under suspicion…

The Planks moved from Lancaster County Pennsylvania to the small Amish community of Painters Mill, hoping to resume the comforts of the Plain Life in Ohio. Less than one year later, the family of seven is found dead—slaughtered on their own farm.

This isn't just any brutal murder, either- a family of seven, Amish, bound and slaughtered. Sound pretty gruesome?
This is the problem I have with series. The repetition of what happens in the first or previous book, the replay of each character's personality. It becomes annoying after a while. Why does all the information have to be repeated all over again? If someone wants to start with the second, third, etc book, then that's the risk that person runs of not having a full understanding of the storyline. However, for those of us who choose to start series from the beginning, I don't want to have to have it ...more
Skid was totally over the graveyard shift! The only thing which made it slightly more bearable was the diner where he (Officer Chuck Skidmore) would venture each night, so he could chat up the waitress. Chatting to Mona back at the station to alleviate the boredom was another past-time; but when he heard screaming, like a wild animal in pain, he reported in to Mona, telling her he would take a look at the Plank farm, which was where the sound seemed to come from.

The Plank family were Amish and
Pray for Silence
5 Stars

Painter’s Mill Chief of Police, Kate Burkholder, is called to a horrific crime scene at the Plank farm where the entire family has been brutally murdered. As the Planks secrets slowly come to light, Kate uncovers a depraved web of evil that threatens the peace and tranquility of her supposedly innocent small town.

Intense from the very first with a crime that is both heartbreaking and sickening.
***Warning:*** The descriptions of the crimes are dark, disturbing and even st
3.5 stars

I read this is a rather short time, but in the end I was a bit disappointed. I was totally gripped until about 80%, but then I started skimming and the whole thing lost me. For one, the repeating of Kate's Amish upbringing and everything Amish got boring. Second, the whole development had several similarities to the previous book. Kate, although said to have lots of experience as a police officer, nevertheless, in both books she came up with several harebrained ideas. The murderer was a
One of the pleasures of a good mystery is the way it shakes up and recomposes the moral world, and its particularly interesting to watch this process play out in the midst of a religious community different from one's own. Thus the interest in Father Brown's salvation ethic, Rabbi Small's application of Talmudic reasoning, etc. I turned to Linda Castillo's fallen-away Amish detective with hope she would tell me something about the human condition from the perspective of the Plain People. But no. ...more
Jean Coldwell
Pray for Silence by Linda Castillo

While not unique, the Amish backdrop in Linda Castillo’s Kate Burkholder novels is intriguing. What is unique is that her protagonist is a young, former Amish, female police chief in a small, rural Ohio town.

In Pray for Silence, the second in the Burkholder series, an Amish family of seven is found brutally murdered on their farm, and Chief Burkholder and her small police force must investigate. Realizing she needs additional help, she calls upon her BCI pal, Jo
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, solid thriller..., May 12, 2010

This review is from: Pray for Silence: A Thriller (Kate Burkholder) (Hardcover)

This is the second book in a series to follow Sworn to Silence (Kate Burkholder) and it features Painters Mill Police Chief Kate Burkholder -- ex Amish Ohio native turned "English" when she decides to leave the church she was raised in at age eighteen. She's the kind of single woman cop I like -- tough but sensitive, damaged by her past yet still open to new rel
Okay, giving up on this series. Everything seems so random. How they investigate and find clues. And I didn't really remember who the suspects were, which was kind of a problem.

And this was the kind of dark I just don't like. Sometimes I can handle darkness. But I don't want graphic descriptions of (view spoiler).
Someone has invaded the Amish community. While out patrolling, Officer Chuck “skid” Skidmore stopped to take a bathroom break, when suddenly he hears a man’s scream. The scream is coming from the Plank family’s home. Office Skidmore goes out to investigate. What he finds at the Plank house will shake him to the core. All seven members of the Plank family have been murdered. Was the Plank family murder a act of hate or something worse?

Pray for Silence is the second novel from Mrs. Castillo. OMG…S
Suspense Magazine
Reminiscent of the much-loved Holly Barker series by Stuart Woods, Linda Castillo takes a slightly different approach to the small town life of a female sheriff in “Pray for Silence”. With a keen eye for detail, Castillo thrusts readers into this exciting, fast-paced thriller from the first page beginning with an incomprehensible crime. Seven dead. An entire Amish family massacred. With dwindling hope for a speedy resolution, Sheriff Kate Burkholder and her team must work within the confines of ...more
Gerard Oconnell
brilliant nail-biting second book by this author. could not put it down, love the characters kate and john. i have got to read the rest of the series very soon. one of my favourite writers, very talented!
I liked this the second in the series about Kate Burkholder, former Amish, now chief of police, even more than the first - I found the story intriguing and thrilling, and it was one of these books that almost "read itself". In other words quite a pageturner.
Stacy Green
I'm giving this book 3.5 stars because I read it in two days, and the murder plot kept me entertained. I didn't feel like it kept me quite as emotionally invested as the first. And I did notice parallels to the plotting in the first, which is fine, but I think that's why this book didn't seem quite as original as the first. However, the plot was solid and very dark, so be warned. I'm still invested enough in the main character to continue the series.
The Planks moved from Lancaster County Pennsylvania to the small Amish community of Painters Mill, hoping to resume the comforts of the Plain Life in Ohio. Less than one year later, the family of seven is found dead—slaughtered on their own farm.Police Chief Kate Burkholder and her small force have few clues, no motive, and no suspect. Formerly Amish herself, Kate is no stranger to the secrets the Amish keep from their “English” neighbors—and each other. When the diary belonging to the rebelliou ...more
Another fast paced book in this series. I enjoy the main character, Kate Burkholder, and her staff on the police department in the Amish/English community of Painters Mill. I also like Kate's relationship with the troubled State Agent John Tomasetti.

These books are definitely thrillers and not for the faint of heart.
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I bought this on sale, not knowing it was the second in a series. I was tempted to buy the first book to start from there but I'm very glad I didn't. I had so many issues with this book I'm not even sure where to start.
First off, I guess, was the character of Kate herself. I don't really have a problem with flawed characters but this woman was a mess. Flipping out on suspects, allowing her 'boyfriend' to continue to help even though it could have ruined her case, putting herself and other off
Mel (who is deeply in love with herself)
Sometimes, books which deal with gruesome, bloody violence use spare details to actually describe the horror. I thought it was just a cop-out. I thought the authors were too wimpy, or simply too ungifted at writing true stark blood-soaked violence, to dare even try.

But then I read this book.

And I knew.

The opening chapters of the book detailed the crime scene which would be at the crux of the story. And I mean detailed. Halfway through the first few pages, I was already cringing and skimming th
I gave the series a second chance, but again, it was gratuitously/salaciously graphic, written with little nuance or depth or insight into human nature. The plot was messy and I kept arguing with plot holes and obvious clues, and basically, I kept comparing every element and angle of the book with other crime and/or romantic suspense books that did them better.

There were a couple flashes of engagement that peeked through, and I wish the book/series focused on and developed further a) the tangled
Questo è il secondo romanzo con protagonista Kate Burkholder e inizialmente ero un po’ preoccupata di non riuscire a capire alcuni passaggi non avendo letto il primo, preoccupazione assolutamente inutile. La protagonista fa riferimento al caso precedente ma gli accenni sono così rari e brevi che non fanno sorgere domande.
Linda Castillo ha creato un romanzo thriller usando come movente il più classico e intramontabile fra quelli a cui si può pensare: un segreto.
“Tre persone possono tenere un seg
Chief of Police Kate Burkholder has got to be one of the stupidest characters I've come across in awhile. A fifth grader would have had better investigative techniques and been more professional. I didn't really expect much from this book which is why I chose to listen to the audio version so I could do other things while the story droned on. And, I guess, I wasn't was truly bad. The best part of listening to this book was yelling "you're STUPID!" and laughing at Chief Kate as ...more
3 stars = I liked it enough to finish it, but that is all.

My issues with this book almost stopped me from completing it a few times, but I stuck with it because it promised mystery. Saldly, it ultimately was a let-down even there. It is written from a first person point of view, and the author makes some typical 1st person mistakes: The author tells (through the protagonist) instead of showing. Through Kate: "I thought this. I thought that." She tells, and tells, and tells. For a thriller, there
Shannon Arehart
1.5 stars because I only give 1 star to books I actively hate. This was... bad, though. I don't know much about law enforcement but this lady seems pretty incompetent several times throughout the book, which can't decide if it's a romance or a police procedural/mystery. Neither aspect is done well. You barely get to know any characters so when it's revealed "whodunit" it's very anti-climactic. The book barely builds any momentum, stopping every few chapters to check in with Kate's love interest, ...more
Police Chief Kate Burkholder leads the investigation into a horrific crime. Seven members of an Amish family have been found murdered at their home. Two of the victims, both teenage girls, show signs of torture. Kate and her team are aided in the investigation by BCI Investigator John Tomasetti. As time ticks by with no real suspects, Kate finds a diary hidden at the farm house which may turn out to be their best lead.

This is the second book in the Kate Burkholder series. Kate grew up Amish but
✟ℜoxanne✟(Death by ßook Avalanche)
I didn't think things could get any better after the first book but I have to say that this one is even better than the first one, I was very happily surprised I must say. It was more intense, it was more gruesome and the character development was just brilliant. I love the developing relationship between the two main characters, their relationship is very realistic and troublesome which keeps things very interesting. I am very much looking forward to the next one in the series as I think (after ...more
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Linda Castillo is the New York Times bestselling author of the Kate Burkholder series, including Sworn to Silence and Gone Missing, crime thrillers set in Amish country. Sworn to Silence was recently adapted into a Lifetime original movie titled An Amish Murder starring Neve Campbell as Kate Burkholder.

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Other Books in the Series

Kate Burkholder (8 books)
  • Sworn to Silence (Kate Burkholder, #1)
  • Breaking Silence (Kate Burkholder, #3)
  • Gone Missing (Kate Burkholder, #4)
  • Her Last Breath (Kate Burkholder, #5)
  • The Dead Will Tell (Kate Burkholder, #6)
  • After the Storm (Kate Burkholder #7)
  • Among the Wicked (Kate Burkholder #8)
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