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Pray for Silence (Kate Burkholder #2)

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The Plank family moved from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to join the small Amish community of Painters Mill less than a year ago and seemed the model of the Plain Life—until on a cold October night, the entire family of seven was found slaughtered on their farm. Police Chief Kate Burkholder and her small force have few clues, no motive, and no suspect. Formerly Amish herself, ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 22nd 2010 by Minotaur Books (first published 2010)
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Nov 01, 2015 Eve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
“There are monsters living among us. People who look no different than you and me. But they lack a fundamental component of the human species: a conscience.”

An Amish family of seven is annihilated at twilight in the tiny farming community of Painters Mill, Ohio. Kate Burkholder, Chief of Police, has her hands full trying to cover as much ground in the crucial first forty-eight hours of the homicide. Because of the cruelty and brutality inflicted on the victims, Burkholder immediately calls in fo
May 23, 2015 Jonetta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jenni Boyd
Apr 04, 2015 Jenni Boyd rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 09, 2010 Vivian rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
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
Oct 16, 2014 Sean Peters rated it really liked it
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?
Jan 05, 2012 Licha rated it it was ok
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
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
Sep 01, 2013 Brenda rated it it was amazing
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
"Authors are always asked where they get their ideas, and the truth is that most of the time we don't know. An idea is a weird thing--usually, it's like a grain of sand that your brain worries into a pearl." ~Karin Slaughter, author

*PRAY FOR SILENCE* is a black pearl. Horrific, lurid, morbid and gritty. I knew it was thriller when I started the book but I was still shocked by some of the content. Kate and John's romance progressed sporadically. I learned a few more details about some of the town
Aug 25, 2011 Mary rated it did not like it
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
Aug 15, 2015 Anke rated it really liked it
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
Jean Coldwell
Oct 06, 2014 Jean Coldwell rated it really liked it
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
Sep 25, 2015 Lesley rated it really liked it
Book 2 in this series just as satisfying as first. Guess I am on to book 3 now!
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
Wow! Totally gripping, dark, graphic, intense read! I was completely sucked in as Chief of Police Kate Burkeholder investigates the brutal murder of an Amish family of seven including children. The crimes are particularly cold and disturbing, causing even seasoned cops to bow their heads in despair. As Kate struggles with a case that hits a little too close to home, she is joined by John Tomasetti who continues to battle his own demons. The book centers on the investigation as Kate peels away th ...more
Rosario (
This series centres arount Kate Burkholder, who's Chief of Police in the small Ohio town of Painters Mill. Kate grew up in an Amish family but left the community as a teenager. Still, her past helps her deal with cases involving any members of the large Amish community in the area, as they have a tendency to mistrust the "English" police.

In this, the second book in the series, Kate must investigate the shockingly brutal murder of an entire Amish family. Initial enquiries indicate that the Planks
May 31, 2011 Denise rated it really liked it
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
Sep 17, 2013 Katie rated it it was ok
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).
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
Apr 30, 2011 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 22, 2010 Suspense Magazine rated it really liked it
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
Shannon Arehart
Oct 26, 2014 Shannon Arehart rated it did not like it
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
So I finally got back into this series. I'm happy I did. They mystery and drama held my attention. Of course, I had some issues with Kate. As usual her inner dialogue was repetitive. She made some dumb decisions and was very emotional in this story. I kind of like when Tomasetti went off on her at the end when she pulled a stupid move. I'm going to continue the story. The narrator does such a superb job and I am hoping to see growth with the characters.
Apr 16, 2015 Anna-Sofie rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 13, 2016 Dee rated it it was amazing
Two-haiku review:

Whole family killed
Police chief needs to know why
To find the killer

Very bad murders
Particularly evil
Excellent series
Aug 26, 2012 Diane rated it really liked it
I did like this book, it is a fast read and certainly a page turner. I have read all three of the Kate Burkholder series and want to read the 4th one, Gone Missing. I do not like that all the books are very similiar in plot, and repeats much wording from the other books. Only 10 months between the last murder case involving the Amish, really? I think the author needs to change things up a bit and make each new book not a repeat of the previous book. The only difference in each book is the murder ...more
Stacy Green
Dec 21, 2013 Stacy Green rated it liked it
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.
Sep 29, 2014 Marian rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Dec 04, 2013 ✿Sandra rated it really liked it
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.
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
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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.

Castillo is the recipient of numerous industry awards, including the Daphne du Maurier Award of
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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)
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