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Preview — Breaking Silence by Linda Castillo
Breaking Silence (Kate Burkholder #3)
The Slabaugh family are model Amish farmers, prosperous and hardworking, with four children and a happy extended family. When the parents and an uncle are found dead in their barn, it appears to be a gruesome accident: methane gas asphyxiation caused by a poorly ventilated ce...more
I think my biggest problem I had with the book was all the time spent on Kate's wrestling with her personal demons, the drinking and smoking she resorts to whenever she has trouble handling a situat ...more
The Slabaugh family are model Amish farmers, prosperous and hardworking, with four children and a happy extended family. When the parents and an uncle are found dead in their barn, it appears to be a gruesome accident: methane gas asphyxiation caused by a poorly ventilated cesspit. But in the course of a routine autopsy, the coroner discov ...more
Then there the discovery of an Amish farmer, his brother, and his wife in a manure pit on their farm. They had asphyxiated on ...more
At first, what happened that cold December morning at the Slabaugh farm appeared to be an accident. The 5:00 a.m. phone call signaled something bad had happened before Chief Kate Burkholder was told of the family nightmare. Three uncons ...more
The book is about an upstanding Amish family who finds themselves as the main characters in this book when the mom, dad and uncle were found dead in the barn due to gas asphyxiation in the manure pit (what a way to die). Of course the story doesn't end there. There are Amish hate crimes and lie after lie is tol ...more
Kate Burkholder is the chief of police in a small Ohio town with a large Amish population. She was born Amish but left in her teens. Now she's back and investigating crimes in Amish country.
This time, there are Amish hate crimes. They have been singled out for harassment that escalates from insults to beatings, animal slaughter, and molotov cocktails. There is even a suspicious death cas ...more
I feel as though I've learned something new about the Amish culture each time I read her books because they are so well researched. Having said that, I also feel like I've just taken the roller coaster ride of my life. You really ...more
Sheriff Burkholder, raised Amish but now living in the “English” world, is called to the scene of a true tragedy: three adults are found in the manure pit in the ...more
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Breaking Silence didn't ring true at all. The protagonist goes on and on about her Amish roots but then is drinking and smoking and having sex without a guilty thought. Anyone who has grown up in a strict religious family until she is 14 has her sense of morality shaped by it. Half the time Kate is tired and smelly and sleep deprived and still ready for a romp in the sack. She is just so cliche: woman cop with troubled rebellious past ...more
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Once again, author Linda Castillo, has taken us to the fictional town of Painters Mill. Chief of Police, Kate Burkholder is baffled by the steady stream of hate crimes against the Amish in her town. And one night it goes too far when three members of the same family are murdered. That is when the state sends John Tomasetti in to help Kate find the people behind these hate crimes. Together they discover that not all of the crimes are linked and there may be ...more
Let me start off by saying that I didn't realize this book was part of a series. That fact, however, did not stop it from being an incredible read. At no point did I feel that I wasn't able to understand it, or that I'd have to go back and read the other books before finishing this one. I would like to read the other books in this series, though,because if they're anywhere near as good as Breaking Silence, they'll be great to read.
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Kate is an amazing character!! I couldn't put this book down, and was on the edge of my seat. I loo ...more
The only thing I found to lack believability is when Burkholder is suddenly allowed into the interrogation room by the perp no less after Burkholder was just previously not allowed in there by her higher-ups. The perp's ...more
Castillo is the recipient of numerous industry awards, including the Daphne du Maurier Award of ...more