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Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo
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Jul 19, 2011

it was amazing
Read in July, 2011

I spotted Castillo's current hardcover but wanted to start with the beginning of the series. Romance author turned thriller writer, Castillo's rich series opener is stark, brutal, and haunting. Mesmerizing in the best way possible, it kept me reading despite the heat. Her grasp of the nuances of Amish life flesh out the locale and the characters, adding a powerful level of conflict beyond the serial killer who stalks and butchers young woman. "Kick ass heroines" are all the rage, and Castillo has created a multi-layerd protagonist in Kate Burkholder - lapsed Amish, a bit fond of her Absolut with beer chasers, and Chief of Police of small town Ohio with its large percentage of Amish population. Plain meets English and Kate has to revist her traumatic youth, and her decision to leave the Amish life, while racing to stop the brutal killer whose victims are tortured and slaughtered. If you like the thrillers of Cain and Slaughter, you cannot do better than Linda Castillo. Even the unique style - Kate's first person, present tense and the other characters third person, past tense - did not detract from this riveting book.
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