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Summary

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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Linda Castillo a great story teller

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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.

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Tragedy strikes but soon it becomes murder

Police Chief Kate Burkholder is called to an accident on a peaceful Amish farm. Two parents and an Uncle are dead in tragic circumstances. Four children are left as orphans.
But in the course of the autopsies, the coroner discovers that all is not what it seems. One of the victims suffered a head wound before death—murder was involved.

State agent John Tomasetti works with Kate to search for murder.

This is the third Kate Burkholder book and links to the previous ones. However, it can be enjoyed as a standalone book just as well.
 

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  • Heike
  • Heidelberg, Germany
  • 06-01-13

Sex offenders and Amish

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.

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  • tinaswfl
  • 22-03-12

disappointing

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.

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  • Pam
  • 11-04-12

Good Story

Would you try another book from Linda Castillo and/or Kathleen McInerney?

Good story bad narrating. Her voice when she was doing the male characters gave me the creeps.

What did you like best about this story?

I love Amish stories. Since this was a thriller made it all the better.

Do you think Breaking Silence needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes!!!! But get a different narrator.

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  • Examish Book Fanatic
  • 21-08-18

A surprise before you've gotten over the last!

This is the perfect example of a good, pure Amish mystery. Knowing the Amish so intimately, the accents are surprising in the book, as the Amish carry little more than a few different spoken words. So hearing the characters sound like foreign exchange students is odd. But if I could change one thing, it would be the sound & overuse of the boyfriends name. It's nails on a chalkboard sounding & I increase the speed to get through it LOL. But 99% of the story is stunning & I always come back for more. You feel you know the characters, which shows an incredible author. The reader is incredible. The lovers voice is just odd & the too heavy accent needs toned down. Other than that, superb all around. Keep em coming & I'll keep buying for sure!

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  • Lynn Donaldson
  • 13-08-18

Love It!

Awesome, riveting story! This has become my new favorite series. Can't wait until the next story!!!

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  • Cherri
  • 26-07-18

Another great suspense!

Great series and what a twist!

The story was captivating! The narrator is also good!

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  • gr8islife
  • 21-07-18

Disappointing

At first, I was enjoying the story. However, the narrator really did a terrible job with the voice for the male main character; she was fine with the female voice. Nonetheless, I was enjoying the mystery until the last three or four chapters, when the storyline took a turn toward the absurd! No spoilers - just in case you want to read something as far-fetched as Chamberlain's story. It had potential, but then truly disappointed. (And I normally do not give bad reviews! I'm an easy audience.)

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  • Heather Byrne
  • 17-05-18

Fantastic story full of emotion

Such a brilliant, suspenseful story. As always, Kathleen McInerney’s performance pulls you right in and brings the characters to life. Well worth a listen!

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  • jeanne
  • 13-11-17

Always a Winner

Enjoyed this all the way through! With a focus on children, the story is totally adult, and shows how vulnerable both generations are.

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  • Rebecca
  • 11-07-17

Love Love this series.

I will say this is like the 4th time listening to this book. I have the whole series and love every minute of it. Would love to see another LT film.

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  • Samantha Rouleau
  • 05-07-17

breaking silence

it was an awesome book! the story was great. kept me guessing till the end