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Pray for Silence: A Thriller (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
Published June 22nd 2010 by Macmillan Audio (first published 2010)
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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
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
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
This isn't exactly what I expected. I read the first chapter in Barnes and Noble and thought, "wow this sounds like a great mystery." And the mystery of who did it was ok, but getting there was kind of sad.

This really isn't a police procedural, and it isn't a medical mystery, and it isn't a psychological mystery. I don't exactly know how to classify this. The main character is ex-Amish and has some deep dark secret in her past that she constantly refers to but never mentions until almost the en
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
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
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
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!
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.
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
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
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
This is the second in a series of Police Chief Kate Burkholder in Painters Mill, Ohio, a small town which shares it's settlement with an Amish community. Kate was brought up in the Plain Life but no longer lives with its doctrines. She had a life altering experience in her teens and recent events bring all that back, when a young Amish girl is seduced, raped, photographed, impregnated and murdered.

A heinous serial killer/mass murderer is hidden in the community. 7 dead at an Amish farm, in the m
I am enjoying the adventures of Chief Kate Burkholder. She is fearless, but so human in her emotions and actions. However, I have to say she has a "potty" mouth and a drinking problem. But, I guess that's what makes her human.
Kimberley Hughes
Fantastic! Even better than her first book! So glad I found her through my Goodreads friends who recommended her! Such a great author!
Still not sure about this series...
Kathy Martin
PRAY FOR SILENCE is an intense, gritty mystery that has the main character - Kate Burkholder - reliving some of the trauma that she endured as a young teen. As police chief in usually quiet Painters Mill, Ohio, when Kate is called to the scene of the killing of an entire Amish family, she is plunged into a case that creates echoes of her own past.

The Plank family has been killed from father Amos through baby-in-arms Amos. The father and two sons were shot in the home; the mother and infant were
This is the second in the Kate Burkholder series and there were several elements of the novel that I thought were much improved over #1 in the series. I liked the character development and the pace of both novels in the series. The use of Pennsylvania Dutch dialogue adds a new dimension to the characters and the atmosphere in the sequel. Also, the accounts of the changing weather and other descriptions of the out-of-doors keep us involved with the experience of the characters and the pages fly b ...more
Ein neuer Mordfall wartet auf Polizeichefin Kate Burkholder. Auf einem abgelegenen Hof werden 7 Leichen gefunden, unter ihnen ein Baby. In der Scheune werden zudem noch zwei Mädchen gefunden, gefoldert und misshandelt, wobei es selbst den erfahrensten Polizisten das Blut in den Adern gefrieren lässt.

Die ermordete Familie gehören zur amischen Gemeinde in Ohio, was auch Kate Burkholder stärker mit ihrer Vergangenheit in Verbindung bringt, als sie es will, immerhin war sie einst ebenso Mitglied der
I started this series ass backwards. I read the last one first and then the first in the series next. With that being said, this is my third one. Now that I have three under my belt, I notice that the author goes a bit overboard with police code during radio communication. I realize they have codes they have to use and it may be like that in the real world. It just seemed a bit ridiculous and made me roll my eyes a little. Although I still like the main characters, Tomasetti and Kate Burkholder, ...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.
Georgiann Hennelly
Pray for silence is the story of a slaying of an entire Amish family. Small town police chief Kate Burkholder takes us through the events leading up to the murders.As well as the steps taken to help solve the terrible crimes.She painstakingly sifts through the evidence and sets herself up to catch the murderer. T he story is well told and with enough humor and romance to help counter the awful brutality. I would diffently read more of her books.
Julie L
Kate Burkholder is the police chief of a very small (fictional ) town in Amish country. In fact, many of the towns and streets she mentions in the book are areas we have been to many times ..

There are a few other books in this series and this is book 2, so I've started them a bit out of order .

Anyhow, this takes place on night when one of the men in the police force is driving the back roads on his night shift and hears a scream . He goes to investigate and finds an amish man running across the
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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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