Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, totally worn out and screaming,
"WOO HOO, what a ride!"

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Review: Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo

A killer is preying
on sacred ground...

Painters Mills, Ohio is a small rural town where the Amish and the "English" have lived side by side for over two hundred years. But sixteen years ago, a serial killer was on the loose and left victims in his wake shattering this peaceful community. Their innocence was lost and only one victim survived the Slaughterhouse Killer. A fourteen-year-old girl named Katie Burkholder escaped with her life but she would never be the same.

When she was old enough she left the Amish community and eventually started a career in law enforcement. When Painters Mills needed a new chief of police she was asked to fill the position. With her unique perspective of the Amish and the English she understands both worlds. She was happy to return and has fit in comfortably for the last two years, until a body of a young woman was discovered in a snowy field. All the painful memories and dark secrets have flooded back and she is now unsure of what exactly happened that horrible night. Katie vows to stop this killer even if she must betray her family to do so.

The first thing I noticed about this book was the cover. The image of the empty cornfield in the middle of the winter sets the perfect tone for this murder mystery. The action starts with the very first page as a crime is committed and the first body is found. The story is told from Kate's perspective and the author does an impressive job of tapping into her emotions and her interactions with her family and coworkers. The murders tipped the delicate balance between her two worlds and her self control. The characters are flawed but appealing and I was interested in knowing them. The plot is fast paced with twists and turns that intensify until the end. I will definitely be looking for the rest of this series after finishing the debut. Highly recommended.

Thank you to LibraryThing Early Reviewers for a review copy of this book.

Publisher: Minotaur Books
Release date: 6/09
Price/format: $24.95/hardcover
Pages: 336
Type: fiction


  1. Oh wow.. this sounds interesting.. gotta get myself this one.. Will be perfect with a hot cup of cocoa and a plate of cookies:-)

  2. I've read another wonderful review on this book like your. I hope to listen to the audio soon. Thanks for the great review.

  3. I love the cover. Sounds like a very interesting read. I'll have to look into it.

  4. I've seen this book other places and never realized it was a series. It sounds really good.

  5. This is one of the best thrillers I read this year. Great review, Debbie!

    I too am looking forward to the next one.

  6. The cover is perfect, isn't it? It's so desolate and creepy. Thanks for your review.

  7. I noticed that this book is considered a "romance"... it sounds more like a creepy mystery!


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