The New York Times best-selling series hailed as "gripping" (People) and "compelling" (USA Today) returns with Police Chief Kate Burkholder 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 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? And is this murder somehow related to a recent string of shocking hate crimes against the Amish?
Having grown up Amish, Kate is determined to bring the killer to justice. Because the other series of attacks are designated hate crimes, the state sends in agent John Tomasetti, with whom Kate has a long and complex relationship. Together, they search for the link between the crimes-and uncover a dark secret at work beneath the placid surface of this idyllic Amish community.
Chock full of twists and chills, and set against the unusual world of the Amish, this series "will delight fans of Chelsea Cain and Thomas Harris" (USA Today).
©2011 Linda Castillo (P)2011 Macmillan Audio
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Amish life and detective work make this an interesting mystery. Kathleen McInerney's reading made Linda Castillo's story come to life.
Compared to her debut novel "Sworn to Silence" the sequence spares the reader the gruesome detailed description of torture and death. (Hence this is a better choice if you want to listen to it when are out jogging desolated roads in the dark). The Amish/English conflict is well depicted again and draws the reader into the story. Once again I found the protagonists Kate and Tomasetti too one-dimensional and their respective burdens too far fetched. Nevertheless this book is a good choice if you are looking for a suspense crime novel.
I was interested by the book's description and looking forward to the setting in an Amish community. However the lengthy descriptions of Chief Burkholder's brooding about her conflicted feelings about the Amish community got in the way of the story line.Hard to imagine her in directing the work of a police department --- even a small one. I think some judicious editing would have helped this book because, basically the story is a good one with some good plot twists.
Good story bad narrating. Her voice when she was doing the male characters gave me the creeps.
I love Amish stories. Since this was a thriller made it all the better.
Yes!!!! But get a different narrator.
"Good Amish mystery story. Unlikeable heroine."
I have listened to 3 of the Kate Burkholder Amish mysteries by Linda Castillo. I love the premise, love the idea of an amish murder mystery. The mystery/murder elements of the story were intrigingly horrible with some nasty bad guys.. And the whodunit held my interest. I really liked some of the side characters, Glock, Skid and Pickles were nice supporting characters, and I really really liked Tomasetti. But, as much as I tried over 3 books, I just really disliked Kate. And its very hard for me to remain engaged in a series when I am unable to "root" for the main character.
I didn't like Kate. I grew very tired of being reminded over and over and over about her growing up Amish, and how every little bitty thing, every aspect of her job, every Amish child she encounters throw her into a whiney, brooding mess who is mired in memories and flashbacks. I felt she had no backbone. I got tired of being repeatedly told that her tragic Amish past gets in the way of her being able to function. We are told over and over how every nearly every amish encounter throws her into loooong angsty internal monologs. I am disappointed. I'm not sure if I will listen to others in the series, but the interesting mystery aspects of the story,, for me, are over-shadowed by too much whining.
I liked her performance for the most part. Some of her male voice were a bit weird, but not too distracting.
Not moved actually, but some of the "bad" guys had me cringing, and grimacing when the utter nastiness of their actions are revealed. And there is a "bad" guy "twist and reveal" close to the end of Breaking Silence that took me completely by surprised. I did not see it coming.
I thought the stories twists and turns were terrific. I wish I knew that Kate Burkholder had some character development. I am completely on the fence on whether I will continue to listen to further books in the series.
"Too bad it has profane language"
I started this book and was upset there was unnecessary profane language, stopped and considered asking for my money back. Then after a month tried again, and found the story was pretty interesting. But then again, the language started up again. If it was pertinent to the story I get it, but none of it was...too bad.
"Keeps me engaged both story a day narrator."
Loved it, engaging, good storyline. I'm hooked. Hope the series does not end! Love it!
"Favorite in the series so far."
Linda Castiilo is new to me but i will finish this series and look for anything else shes written.
"Read Linda Castillo's Amish series now!"
Breaking Silence is one of six or so series about Kate Burkholder who is a cop in an Amish communiity. These books are serious but not gory mysteries involving Amish and set in middle Ohio, Linda Castillo is a careful, descriptiive writer--I really could visualize beautiful Holmes County in middle Ohio.
I loved Kathleen McInerney as a narrator. Her voice is slow and melodious.
"Love this series"
Yes, The book is worth reading again.
The author uses a lot of detail to describe the scene.
"Very good, nice end to trilogy"
I really enjoyed all three books, but this one really held my attention. The characters had all been fleshed out and the emotion level of Kate wasn't as intense as the second book. The ending was semi-transparent after a certain point, but there were still some surprises. I'm hoping the author writes more with these characters!
The author engaged in a lot of unnecessary exposition, "I shouldn't have felt that way, but I did, and I wondered if it was because I was raised Amish and understood so much about her life." The reader gave Tomasetti's voice a strange, raspy quality intended, I think, to convey masculine depth. Instead, it made him sound like a bad Clint Eastwood imitator. The real problem, however, is the writing which is awkward, and often devolves into cliches.
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