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Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo
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Feb 16, 2011

really liked it

Kate Burkholderis the Chief of Police in Painters Mill, Ohio. Painters Mill is a quiet rural community that has a large Amish presence. The only taint on the community is that sixteen years ago a serial killer terrorized the town and was never caught.

This peaceful community will soon find itself again terrorized by a serial killer. The questions are: is it the same kille, where has he been for sixteen years, or is this the work of a copycat killer?

The mystery becomes more involved when we learn that Kate was a part of the Amish community but left due to a tragedy in her life. Kate returns to the community of Painters Mill after serving as a police officer and detective in Columbus, Ohio.

She has been handpicked for this job because of the Amish background; she is able to understand both their language and their customs.

The killer of sixteen years ago, after brutally killing his victims, would carve a roman numeral on their body. The latest victim had the number 23 carved in their chest. There is a discrepancy in this number and the last number of sixteen years ago. Again, the questions continue; are there more victims out there, and if so where?

Things become more complicated when it is discoverd that Kate may be very close to the killings of sixteen years ago. She is also fighting the city council due to her not wanting any outside help in this very high profile case.

When she does get help in comes in the form of Tom Tomasetti. Tomasetti has come very horrid skeletons in his closet and is being assigned to the case in the hopes that he will fail.

This mystery is very reminiscent of the books of Chelsea Cain and Karin Slaughter.

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