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Sworn to Silence [Hardcover]

Linda Castillo
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Amazon Review

The crime fiction genre is becoming a very crowded one these days, and a writer has to come up with something special to distinguish themselves from hordes of sales-hungry fellow crime practitioners. In a variety of books, Linda Castillo has demonstrated that she has the smarts to rise above many of her rivals, and with her latest book, Sworn to Silence, she demonstrates that her customary skills are still firmly in place.

The setting is a placid Ohio town, Painters Mill, in which two groups of residents manage to rub along together: the religious sect, the Amish, and the ordinary residents of the town, known (in distancing fashion) as the ‘English’. But this is a Linda Castillo novel, and it will come as no surprise to the reader to realise that this peaceful town harbours dark secrets: over 10 years ago, a sequence of savage killings tore the community apart, and had a corollary affect. Youthful Katie Burkholder was a member of the Amish community, but realised that she could not live by its rules and strictures, and that her view of the world was not that of her coreligionists. 15 years have passed, and Katie has now become chief of police. (In fact, this aspect of Castillo's novel already marks it out as different from most of the current entries in the genre; the concept of the female Amish-turned-copper is a truly novel one and puts paid to any uncharitable thoughts that Castillo may have borrowed some ideas from the Harrison Ford film Witness, in which a detective solves a murder in an Amish community.) In Sworn to Silence, the body of a young woman is discovered in a snow-covered field, and it bears a grisly mutilation: numbers have been carved into the stomach of the dead girl. She is the first in a line of victims, and the long maintained peace in the town is soon a distant memory. The best thing about the new book is definitely the characterisation of the conflicted cop Katie Burkholder, struggling with the psychological legacy (and religious indoctrination) of her past while having to deal with a very present danger. It is a highly compelling read, and whets the appetite for the next Linda Castillo novel. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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'A fantastic thriller' -- Company

'If this strong opener is anything to go by then the rest [of the series] will be gripping.'
-- Hampshire Society magazine

'Sworn To Silence is a taut thriller. The setting is perfectly evoked.'
-- The Press Association's review

'The most intriguing book I've ever read; I couldn't put it down.' -- Essentials

'Think Harrison Ford in the movie Witness and add just a touch of the Coen brothers' Fargo and you have the feel for this brilliant, nail-biting thriller...Very dark, intricate and packed with twists, it literally chokes the breath from your body. It's that good.'
-- Daily Mail

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'Think Harrison Ford in the movie Witness and add just a touch of the Coen brothers' Fargo and you have the feel for this brilliant, nail-biting thriller...Very dark, intricate and packed with twists, it literally chokes the breath from your body. It's that good.'

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'The most intriguing book I've ever read; I couldn't put it down.'

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'Sworn To Silence is a taut thriller. The setting is perfectly evoked.'

Book Description

'If this strong opener is anything to go by then the rest [of the series] will be gripping.'

Book Description

Some secrets are too terrible to reveal . . . Some crimes are too unspeakable to solve . . . Painter's Creek, Ohio may be a sleepy, rural town with both Amish and 'English' residents, but it's also the place where a series of brutal murders shattered the lives of an entire community over a decade ago. When the killing stopped, it left in its aftermath a sense of fragility, and for the young Amish girl, Katie Burkholder, a realization that she didn't belong. Now, 15 years, two dead parents and a wealth of experience later, Katie has been asked to return as Chief of Police. Her Amish background combined with her big-city law enforcement expertise make her the perfect candidate. Katie is certain she has come to terms with the past. Until the first body of a slaughtered young woman is found in a pristine, snowy field...

About the Author

Bestselling author Linda Castillo knew at a young age that she wanted to be a writer-and penned her first novel at the age of thirteen. Since 1999, she has sold over twenty books to Harlequin, Berkley and, most recently, St. Martin's Press. She is the winner of numerous industry awards, including the Holt Medallion, the Golden Heart, the Daphne du Maurier, and a nomination for the prestigious Rita. In her spare time, Linda enjoys reading, showing horses, and barrel racing. She resides in Texas with her husband, four loveable dogs, two barn cats, and two Appaloosa horses.
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