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Breaking Silence (Kate Burkholder #3)

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Police Chief Kate Burkholder is called to the scene of a horrific tragedy on a peaceful Amish farm.

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

Hardcover, 302 pages
Published June 21st 2011 by Minotaur Books (first published 2011)
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When Police Chief Kate Burkholder was woken in the early hours of the morning, she had no idea that she was about to be faced with a horrific tragedy. Called out to the Slabaugh farm, home of a hardworking Amish family comprising of two adults and four children, they were confronted with the deaths of the parents and an uncle in the barn. An apparent accident caused by methane gas from the cesspit, the lack of ventilation obvious to Kate and her officers immediately they entered the barn; but th ...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 discovers that one of the victims suffered a head wound before death—clearly, foul play was involved. But who would want to make orphans of the Slabaughs’ children? ...more
This is the third book in this series and it was just okay for me. The mystery was pretty good, there are two plots going on at once, a killing of Amish parents and an Uncle in a manure pit and the other is a series of really nasty hate crimes against the Amish citizens of Chief of Police Kate's town.

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
Sean Peters
Bestselling author Linda Castillo's third instalment of Police Chief Kate Burkholder who is called to the scene of a horrific tragedy on a peaceful Amish farm.

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
Jean Coldwell
Breaking Silence is the third publication in Linda Castillo’s Kate Burkholder thriller series. Unlike the first two books, this one did not have the gruesome murders that the first two had, which was, truthfully, a bit of a relief. Except it begins with two men creeping onto an Amish farm and killing a woman’s sheep, one of many hate crimes that occur throughout the novel.

Then there the discovery of an Amish farmer, his brother, and his wife in a manure pit on their farm. They had asphyxiated on
Captain Kate Burkholder has just come back from escaping death for the second time in as many years. She's immediately brought into another murder of another family in the small Amish community she polices. Her sometimes partner in crime(and love) returns, but the relationship has been irrevocably damaged by her close brush with death and her growing friendship with a FBI official. Will she regain her wits and police smarts, even when having to depend upon her long-distance detective and push aw ...more
Mary Gilligan-Nolan
I do like this series, I really do, but this is the third book about a small town called Painters Mill, which has an Amish Community, but I feel at this point, there have been so many Amish murders in such a small town, there can't be many more left. If I were Amish, I'd get the hell out of Dodge at this stage. Aside from this, Kate Burkeholder, Chief of Police, is slipping further towards a breakdown by the looks of it, definitely, she is two steps away from a 12 step programme and need to get ...more
The third novel in this mystery series, “Breaking Silence” by Linda Castillo, is quite possibly the most disturbing book to date. Police Chief Kate Burkholder is hard at work trying to stop a series of attacks against the Amish while solving a complex murder case.

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
Another gruesome story in the Kate Burkholder series. I thought it was well done and unfolded nicely but I have to say by the end I was tired of the violence, there was just so much of it.

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
I didn't enjoy this one as much as the others. It went on and on and on and on and on and on and on and ON about Kate Burkholder's feelings. She was the chief of police. Her feelings were a good 1/4 of the entire story. I really enjoyed her character in the beginning but the more I read, the more annoying and cliche she became...classic "broken" and troubled character always battling her never ending feelings. Get to the plot already! Then her boyfriend, agent John Tomasetti, was the equally ann ...more
I am totally in love with Castillo! I love this series so much! It's kind of like James Patterson novels, only with a girl!
Riccarla Roman
I read this book before the others in the series and I had to go out and find them because this book is great.

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
Adrienne Campbell
Wow. I really didn't think she could do it three times in a row but Linda Castillo has written yet another brilliant novel. This is the third book in the "Kate Berkholder" series. Her characters are wonderful. They are people you can relate to and are so well developed.

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
Karen Hall
This book was my introduction to Linda Castillo’s Kate Burkholder series set in the Amish/English world of rural Ohio. I’m indebted to the person who recommended this series to me; I enjoyed this book tremendously and have ordered the first two books in the series. BREAKING SILENCE is the third, and I’ll likely read them all eventually.

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
I’ve enjoyed the Kate Burkholder books so far, but in this third book in the series it feels like more of the same: a crime happening in the Amish community of Painters Mill, which is by all means a quiet and peaceful community. That is what bothers me a tiny bit: is that the crimes happen in a community where they shouldn’t be happening. Don’t get me wrong, they happen, but it doesn’t feel realistic that such evil murders happen over the span of three books, and in a few months time?
Here the vi
This book can't hold a candle to Jodi Picoult's Plain Truth.

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
This is perhaps Linda's most evocative novel with chief Kate Burkholder as the heroine of two worlds: The worlds of the Amish and the Englischers (as any American outside of Amish culture is identified). Kate is again battling her past but in a wholly new way. She's dealing with it head on through the very real murder of the parents of an Amish family. And through the eyes of a young girl who reminds her of her own childhood. Kate faces less resistance to her police work in this novel than in pr ...more
Chief Kate Burkholder receives a call. It appears that there are three bodies out on the Slabaugh farm. At first it seems an unfortunate accident that Mr. Slabaugh, his wife and his brother fell into the manure pit and died of lack of oxygen. Though, after the autopsy report is finished, it seems that the Slabaugh’s deaths were the result of foul play. Luckily for Kate, she will not be alone when she solves this triple murder. She is joined by her lover, FBI agent John Tomasetti.

Breaking Silence
Breaking Silennce by Linda Castillo is the 2nd novel in the Kate Burkholder series. The story takes place once again in the community of Painters Mill, Ohio and involves crimes involving Amish people. Castillo has done a fantastic job again in building the suspense through the novel leading to a surprise. Castillo has woven the Amish beliefs, customs and lifestyle throughout the story. The main character, Kate Burkholder, chief of police in Painters Mill grew up as one of the Amish people before ...more
Take my two stars (almost gave it one, but that seems mean) with a grain of salt. This is not the type of book I usually read and I knew that going in. My mother in law read it and loaned it to me, otherwise I never would have picked it up. IF you enjoy this author just skip my review. This book is about a chief of police (a women in her early 30's...the first of many many unbelievable aspects of the story), who grew up amish until the age of 14. When a bunch of mysterious hate crimes and then a ...more

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
May 21, 2011 MountainMouse rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Suspense/Mystery lovers, those interested in the Amish
Recommended to MountainMouse by: First Reads
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I received this book as park of a First Reads giveaway.

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.

Breaking S
This book keeps you guessing as the number of hate crimes and bodies start going up in an Amish town where noone wants to get involved or to cooperate with the police. Figuring out who done what is always hard when you have nothing to go on but with each new bit of information Kate is forced to look at things in a new light and victims quickly become suspects, if only she can convince anyone else.

Kate is an amazing character!! I couldn't put this book down, and was on the edge of my seat. I loo
great read what a page turner I'm looking forward to her next book in the series!
Another boost to my theory that few series are really good until the third book.
A series of hate crimes against the Amish community is keeping the local police extremely busy. When Chief of Police Kate Burkholder and her officers are called to the Slabaugh farm, they find the Amish Farmer, his wife, and his brother, dead in the manure pit, overcome by methane gas. They leave behind four children whose only living relative is an uncle who is under the Amish ban. But a routine autopsy shows that this was no accident. Someone wanted them dead. It's up to Kate, Sheriff Rasmusse ...more
Aiza Chaudry
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The Kate Burkholder/Amish Country series are a very dark set of psychological mysteries. They are well written and make for compelling reading. This latest book, Breaking Silence, is the most gripping of the series so far. I was unable to put it down for the last quarter of the book. The reveal for the main mystery line is shocking: one of the most sympathetic characters turns out to be the god in the machine driving the crimes. Ms. Castillo continues to reveal more back story for Kate and John, ...more
Elizabeth Kennedy
WOW! This series just keeps getting better and better! Chief Kate Burkeholder becomes more believable in this book due to her connection with a young Amish girl who has lost her parents. The Amish parents and an uncle, are murdered in a particularly gruesome way and left four children orphans. At the same time, Kate must get to the bottom of some particularly nasty Amish hate crimes. She must do all of this while dealing with the Amish, who, due to their beliefs, refuse to press charges or help ...more
Other than too many analogies being used, Castillo has made great progress from the first in this series. After reading the second installment, I had the feeling that after they had their perp, there would be more to the story. I was correct. I am stunned by the jolts of surprise.

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
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Other Books in the Series

Kate Burkholder (7 books)
  • Sworn to Silence (Kate Burkholder, #1)
  • Pray for Silence (Kate Burkholder, #2)
  • Gone Missing (Kate Burkholder, #4)
  • Her Last Breath (Kate Burkholder, #5)
  • The Dead Will Tell (Kate Burkholder, #6)
  • After the Storm: A Kate Burkholder Novel (Kate Burkholder, #7)
Sworn to Silence (Kate Burkholder, #1) Pray for Silence (Kate Burkholder, #2) Gone Missing (Kate Burkholder, #4) Her Last Breath (Kate Burkholder, #5) The Dead Will Tell (Kate Burkholder, #6)

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