Breaking Silence: Book summary and reviews of Breaking Silence by Linda Castillo

Breaking Silence

A Kate Burkholder Mystery

By Linda Castillo

Breaking Silence
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  • Published in USA  Jun 2011,
    320 pages.

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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.

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"Starred Review. In addition to creating exceptionally well drawn characters and crafting a gripping plot that takes some shocking turns to a heart-pounding conclusion, Castillo probes with keen sensitivity the emotional toll taken by police work." - Booklist

"Kate's third offers plenty of violence, a surprise ending and some insight into the Amish way of life." - Kirkus Reviews

"Castillo melds deeply flawed characters with a glimpse into a unique community in which isolation can hide a plethora of secrets." - Publishers Weekly

"The mystery is complicated but clearly plotted with a heart-stopping ending." - RT Book Review

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Rated 4 of 5 of 5 by Diane S.
Breaking Silence by Linda Castillo
One of my favorites of the newer series, this is the third, Kate was raised Amish but leaves the church due to the way a tragedy was handled in her life when she was younger. Now as police chief she investigates crimes among the Amish. Good storylines, characters and a lot of info about the Amish and their beliefs as well as the way that they live. Anyone who likes good mysteries or have any curiosity about the Amish will like this series.

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Linda Castillo Author Biography

Originally from Ohio where her Amish thrillers are set, Linda Castillo knew from an early age that she wanted to be a writer—and penned her first novel at the age of thirteen. She is the recipient of numerous industry awards, including the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence, the Holt Medallion, the Golden Heart, and a nomination for the prestigious Rita.

Her debut thriller, Sworn to Silence, garnered starred reviews from Library Journal, Publisher's Weekly, and Booklist—and hit the New York Times bestseller list for four consecutive weeks.

In her spare time Linda enjoys riding horses, especially trail riding, and dabbles in barrel racing. She resides in Texas with her husband, three dogs, a barn cat, and two Appaloosa horses.

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