Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Book Review : Pray For Silence by Linda Castillo

Pray for Silence: A Thriller (Kate Burkholder)I love crime thrillers and Linda Castillo's Pray For Silence is a chilling, suspenseful page turner that you won't be able to put down. What I really like about her books is the Amish people that are twisted in the tale and makes the crime not just a "normal everyday" crime. This story starts out gut wrenching and disgusting but as you follow the details, you start the "CSI" mode. Trying to figure out who could have done it!

About the book (from Amazon)
In this overwrought thriller from Castillo, her second after Sworn to Silence, someone slaughters all seven members of the Amish Plank family at their home in Painters Mill, Ohio. The bodies of the two teenage daughters show signs of torture. At first, it appears the father, Amos, killed his wife and five children, then shot himself. When clues point to a killer outside the family, Kate Burkholder, the local police chief who left the Amish community decades before, zeroes in on 15-year-old Mary, who may have flirted with the idea of living in the English world. Lending a hand is Kate's on-again/off-again boyfriend, John Tomasetti, an agent suspended from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and Identification for failing a recent drug test in the wake of his own family's murder about two years earlier. Castillo excels at detailing gory crime scenes, but she leaves Kate and John as little more than cookies cut from the same troubled cop mold. Author tour. (June)
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Sworn to Silence (Kate Burkholder)Castillo's first book - Sworn To Silence - is the first Kate Burkholder in the series . I reviewed that one here .

New York Times bestselling author Linda Castillo is the recipient of numerous writing awards, including the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence, the Holt Medallion and a nomination for the Rita. She lives in Texas with her husband and is currently at work on her next thriller, also set in Amish Country and featuring Chief of Police Kate Burkholder.


(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

This sounds like the kind of mystery/thriller I'd enjoy; great review.

Marce said...

More and more this series intrigues me. I didn't think I would enjoy the Amish side but as you said it is a change from the 'normal'.

Suko said...

Natalie, your blog looks beautiful!:)

This does sound really good. I must read some Amish fiction soon!

Alice Teh said...

Even the title sounds good!

Teenage Bride said...

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bermudaonion said...

This sounds really good to me. I think the Amish would add an interesting element to the story.