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Pray for Silence (Kate Burkholder #2)

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New York Times bestselling author Linda Castillo delivers an electrifying thriller in which Chief of Police Kate Burkholder must confront a dark evil to solve the mysterious murders of an entire Amish family.

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--un
ebook, 320 pages
Published June 22nd 2010 by Minotaur Books (first published 2010)
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Janis I read the first, then the third and then the second. It would have been better to read them ir order...
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Sep 06, 2016 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
Jul 09, 2010 Vivian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jenni Boyd
Apr 04, 2015 Jenni Boyd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sean Peters
Oct 16, 2014 Sean Peters rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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?
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
Jan 05, 2012 Licha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
"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
Oct 03, 2016 Tammie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, adult, series
Pray for Silence is the second book in the Kate Burkholder series. I did not enjoy it as much as the first for a few reasons. Reason one being that I do not care for some of the tactics Kate and Tomasetti use in dealing with suspects. I know they are supposed to be flawed with personal demons, but it doesn't endear them to me.

Reason two is that Tomasetti annoys me with his attitude towards his superiors. Sure he's flawed and he went through some terrible things that left him in a psych ward for
Aug 25, 2011 Mary rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Small town Ohio Amish innocence meets the darkest underbelly of humanity. Heavily violent, and stomach turning pornography and worse. The vilest of the vile of racist, prejudicial users of human beings. I found myself disgusted by the specificity of this book. The police procedural was interesting and I enjoyed the look into Amish culture. I liked the recurring characters enough I will likely revisit.
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
Oct 06, 2014 Jean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 15, 2015 Anke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
4.0 Stars

I'm really enjoying this gritty mystery series.The second book in this series is just as strong as the first. Castillo has a knack for writing engaging stories with strong characters. Her writing is decent, although she has a tendency to reuse phrases too often. There is some very dark and disturbing content in her books, with detailed descriptions of both physical and sexual violence. Despite the difficult subject matter, I was, once again, hooked into the mystery. Highly recommend to
May 31, 2011 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sep 17, 2013 Katie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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).
Apr 05, 2012 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 08, 2016 Marian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Terri Lynn
This book is the 2nd in the series about Police Chief Kate Burkholder of Painter's Mill, Ohio who was formerly Amish but after her rumspringa (running around time) chose not to be baptized and so was thrown out of Amish society. I really dislike Kate. It is the stories and other characters I read the books for.

In this one, it is a cold night when a patrol officer discovers 7 Amish people, an entire family, murdered on their farm. The father and two sons were shot inside. The mom was shot in the
Shannon Arehart
Oct 26, 2014 Shannon Arehart rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 30, 2016 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series-thriller, 2016
In Linda Castillo's Pray for Silence, she delivered us a bone-chilling thriller right through the core. The Amish town of Painters Mill have been shocked by the gruesome murder of the Plank family. It's up to Chief Burkholder to discover the details of what lead behind the death. She asked the assistant of John Tomasetti from the BCI to help assist her in this most difficult case. While the closer they get together, the more disturbing they are to find what secrets laid behind in one of the vict ...more
Aug 26, 2012 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
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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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