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Die Eltern waren rechtschaffene Leute, gottesfürchtig und in der Amisch-Gemeinde von Painters Mill sehr angesehen. Doch nun liegen sie tot in der Güllegrube. Warum wollte der Mörder die Familie zerstören und die vier Kinder zu Waisen machen? Oder stehen diese Morde in einem Zusammenhang mit den Tätlichkeiten gegen Amische, die in letzter Zeit immer häufiger vorgekommen sinDie Eltern waren rechtschaffene Leute, gottesfürchtig und in der Amisch-Gemeinde von Painters Mill sehr angesehen. Doch nun liegen sie tot in der Güllegrube. Warum wollte der Mörder die Familie zerstören und die vier Kinder zu Waisen machen? Oder stehen diese Morde in einem Zusammenhang mit den Tätlichkeiten gegen Amische, die in letzter Zeit immer häufiger vorgekommen sind?Für Polizeichefin Kate Burkholder hat dieser Fall höchste Priorität und gemeinsam mit ihrem Freund John Tomasetti kommt sie einem dunklen Geheimnis auf die Spur, das die Idylle der kleinen Amisch-Gemeinde in Painters Mill für immer zerstören wird....

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  • Liz
    2019-04-03 13:30

    The third in the Kate Burkholder series and also very well done. There are hate crimes being committed against the Amish and Kate has to figure out if a murder is part of those crimes or something different. The hate crimes are also made more difficult to solve because of the Amish folks’ unwillingness to get involved with the English world. Thus, the title, Breaking the Silence, is especially poignant as Kate strives to get even one of the Amish to do just that. The more I learn of Kate, the more I appreciate her and feel an affinity with her. She's sharp and insightful but warm and caring. She struggles to find the balance between caring and being impartial. Her relationship with Tomasetti continues to evolve. This is a straightforward, no nonsense police procedural. The writing is detailed yet crisp, giving you enough color to be able to picture the scenes. And Castillo throws in some spot on commentary such as “insomnia is an insidious thing: a silent and invisible malady that robs the afflicted not only of sleep but also peace of mind, sometimes for months on end.” Or this which I loved - “the alcohol has rendered my IQ somewhere between that of a toddler and a German Shepherd.” Looking forward to reading the balance of the series.

  • Barbara
    2019-04-12 09:50

    3.5 starsPolice Chief Kate Burkholder of Painter's Mill, Ohio was raised Amish, but left the fold after a traumatic incident in her teens. Nevertheless, Kate understands and empathizes with the local Amish community, an insular group that avoids interaction with the 'English.' In this third book in the series Kate has to deal with a series of hate crimes as well as multiple deaths. Like many minorities, the Painter's Mill Amish are sometimes subject to prejudice and abuse, and - as the story opens - a couple of thugs sneak into an Amish farm and slaughter four sheep.....just for fun. This is followed by other hate crimes such as: a Molotov cocktail being hurled into an Amish buggy; an Amish farmer being beaten, tied, and left out in the freezing cold; an Amish teen being brutalized and slashed with a buggy whip; a deliberately set barn fire that results in a death; and so on. In the midst of these incidents an Amish family experiences an unthinkable tragedy. Solly Slabaugh, his wife Rachel, and his brother Abel are found dead in the Slabaugh farm's manure pit, where the decomposing hog poop gives off deadly methane gas. The tragedy leaves four orphans - Mose (17), Salome (15), Samuel (12), and Ike (10) - whose custody becomes a contentious issue. An excommunicated uncle wants to care for the kids, but he's strongly opposed by Amish Bishop Troyer and his congregants. The Slabaugh disaster seems like an accident at first, but turns out to be murder. Kate and her team investigate with the help of John Tomasetti from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, who's also Kate's (secret) boyfriend. The cops have to figure out whether the Slabaugh deaths are part of the string of hate crimes - or something else - before they can identify and catch the perpetrator. This isn't easy, especially since the persecuted Amish refuse to cooperate with the authorities and won't say what they saw, who attacked them, etc. The case takes a heavy toll on Kate, who - try as she might - can't avoid getting emotionally involved with the investigation. As a result Kate broods a lot, drinks too much, and has some blind spots in relation to the crimes. Tomasetti, who's very protective, does his best to keep Kate grounded. The developing romance between Kate and Tomasetti is low-key since they both have distressing histories and problems with committment. However, Kate does tend to go on a bit about how attractive and sexy Tomasetti if you like that kind of thing, there you have it! (LOL) There are some surprises in the story as well as scenes where Kate is attacked and placed in jeopardy - so there's plenty of excitement. Kate's a very tough cookie, though, who can take care of herself. I enjoy the 'Kate Burkholder' books, which are well-plotted, well-written, and provide interesting glimpses into Amish life. In this book the author emphasizes how important family is to the Amish, how much they value their children, and how kind they are to other people. It's touching to see Amish friends and neighbors rally around after the Slabaughs are killed - to take care of the children; look after the farm; and see to the livestock. This is a good book that I'd recommend to readers who enjoy mysteries, especially Kate Burkholder fans. Though it's best to read the series from the beginning to know the backstories of the main characters, I've found that each book can be read as a standalone without any problems. You can follow my reviews at https://reviewsbybarbsaffer.blogspot....

  • Jonetta
    2019-04-12 07:35

    Following a series of attacks directed at the Amish community, law enforcement concludes they are hate crimes. When the Slabaugh parents and uncle, Amish farmers, are found dead in their barn, it's not immediately clear whether the crimes are related. One of the many issues pursued by Kate and her team is to investigate all and determine if there is a connection. This story had so many twists and turns I almost got whiplash! Every time I thought I had things solved, another wrench would be thrown into my suppositions. As with the first two books, the crimes are gritty and require multi jurisdictional support. Connecting the clues was a wonderful challenge.Kate and John Tomasetti make progress in their relationship but it's not easy. I really like how they're portrayed, boils and all, adding a strong, realistic element to their story. I'm hopelessly hooked on this series, especially the audio performance by Kathleen McInerney who continues to make a really good story exceptional. I've already got the next book in the queue.

  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    2019-03-27 14:30

    EXCERPT: Pickles was midway to his cruiser when his radio cracked to life. "What now?" he growled."Pickles, I got a ten-fifty-two out at the Slabaugh farm. David Troyer just called, said they got three people down in the manure pit.""Shit." Pickles fumbled for his lapel mike. Back in the day, a cop had a radio in his cruiser. If he chose to ignore a call, he could. Now, you carried the damn thing around like some weird body part, one end clipped to your belt, one end stuck in your ear, and a microphone pinned to your chest like some damn medal. "You call EMS?""They're en route. Thought you might want to get out there."Pickles heaved another sigh; he'd just about had all the mud and shit he could handle for one night. But he knew a manure pit could be a dangerous place. There were all sorts of nasty gases that would do you in faster than a gas chamber if you weren't careful. "What's the twenty on that?""Three six four Township Road Two."Pickles knew the area. It was a dirt track south of town that would be hell to traverse without a four-wheel-drive vehicle. Figuring this was the end of his Lucchese boots, he cursed. "You might want to call the chief.""Roger that.""I'm ten-seventy-six," he said, and forced his old legs into a run.THE BLURB: Police Chief Kate Burkholder is 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.MY THOUGHTS: I knew Castillo was good, but this is the best of the Kate Burkholder series yet. Breaking Silence is a real page turner. There are multiple themes running through Breaking Silence, hate crimes, incest, psycological manipulation, bullying. There are no graphic descriptions, nothing to cause alarm for those for whom one or more of these subjects may be triggers. Everything is dealt with with a great deal of sensitivity. And yet Castillo still manages to deliver a riveting read. I don't even begin to understand those who commit hate crimes. What do the perpetrators hope to achieve? It seems to me to be a pointless waste of time on all fronts. I was no closer to understanding it at the end of the book. The end of the book . . . Just when I thought everything was solved and sorted, Castillo turned in upside down and inside out, and we were off in pursuit of the criminal again. There are lots of twists and turns and plenty of action in this read. Highly recommended. ☆☆☆☆☆I listened to the audio book version of Breaking Silence by Linda Castillo, narrated by Kathleen McInerney, published by MacMillan Audio via OverDrive. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. Please refer to my profile page or the 'about' page on for an explanation of my rating system. This review and others are also published on my blog

  • Julie (A Girl and a Book)
    2019-03-20 07:38

    Damn! I seriously love this series so much. It has just the right amount of darkness that I love in a thriller and the characters are all fantastic. I really just can't get enough of it.

  • Linda
    2019-04-09 12:42

    ~3.5 stars~Once again, Kate Burkholder is caught up with the darker side of a small-town crisis. Life amongst the Amish hits a snag when two parents and an uncle are found dead at the bottom of a manure pit in their barn. {Yikes, it gives new meaning when I think of composting and my garden!} To make matters worse, hate crimes have found a home in Painters Mill, Ohio.We see less of her police staff in BREAKING SILENCE and more of Tomasetti. The door to Kate's fragile past creaks open a little wider and John offers a much-needed shoulder to lean on. I like John with his warts and all. The suspense is good but not as intense as the first two stories in the series. Still, Ms. Castillo takes a subject that is taboo and expounds on it.Though some people consider the author's stories murder-mysteries, I think of them as sooty thrillers connected by the characters. It is hard to imagine that in a community of 5,000-plus people, this amount of nasty crime is committed. More so, because the peaceful Amish are included.

  • Audrey
    2019-04-15 11:42

    This is the third book in this series and it was just okay for me. The mystery was pretty good, there are two plots going on at once, a killing of Amish parents and an Uncle in a manure pit and the other is a series of really nasty hate crimes against the Amish citizens of Chief of Police Kate's town.I think my biggest problem I had with the book was all the time spent on Kate's wrestling with her personal demons, the drinking and smoking she resorts to whenever she has trouble handling a situation or something in a case reminds her of some of the horrors of her past.There was also some time spent on Kate and John and their new relationship and since they both have some really awful stuff to deal with from their pasts and deep wounds that need to heal this could take some time to develop.The mystery is pretty good a few surprises but I did see a few of the twists ahead of time.All in all this book was good, not great, and I still want to continue to read the next books in the series.

  • Maureen DeLuca
    2019-04-13 07:34

    Book number 3 in this series, and so far I'm a huge fan! If you never read any of these books, do yourself a favor, start with book number 1....and don't look back... So many wonderful reviews here, so I'm not even going to bother to write more about this book...a bread read, a great series by a great writer...that's all you need to know!

  • Tammie
    2019-04-03 15:27

    Breaking Silence is the third book in the Kate Burkholder series. I did not like it as much as the previous installments, and to be honest, I don't think Kate Burkholder has any business being the Chief of Police. Kate's issues over her past are getting a little old at this point. She is drinking a lot and even driving while drunk now, which is unacceptable for anyone, but as Chief of Police it especially crosses a line. She is supposed to be an example of upholding the law for goodness sake! She might be a fictional character, but this actually made me really angry, especially because I know someone who was hit and severely injured by an off duty cop who was driving while drunk. I don't care if Tomasetti followed her home, she shouldn't have been behind the wheel. I have a hard time sympathizing with her after this.Tomasetti on the other hand grew on me. He seems to have made huge strides in overcoming his demons and is now trying to help Kate who seems to be spiraling downward. There was some movement forward in the relationship between Kate and Tomasetti also, which I liked.Other issues I had with the book were: -The Amish kids were treated and described a lot younger than they were. The 10 and 12 year old seemed as though they were 3 and 6.-Inaccurate behavior for an Amish kid, even if this kid was (view spoiler)[ a sociopath. I have a hard time believing that any Amish kid would turn out this way.(hide spoiler)].-Some of the red herrings really didn't make sense. Especially one of them, it was like the author had the idea to include it to throw us off, but couldn't come up with a good reason for it to have happened. (view spoiler)[ Mose had himself beaten up to look like a victim of one of the hate crimes? The explanation was too flimsy. There just wasn't enough to support the action or reasoning behind it. (hide spoiler)]- Kate and Tomasetti once again angered me with the way they treat suspects. They really didn't have to arrest that poor guy right in front of his kids. They could have stepped out onto the porch with him first. For some reason I'm still interested in this series. I really can't figure out why since I now dislike the main character quite a bit. Maybe it's because I want to see her overcome her demons and get to a better place. I don't know, but I will probably stick with the series a little longer.Review also posted at Writings of a Reader

  • Brenda
    2019-03-20 11:50

    When Police Chief Kate Burkholder was woken in the early hours of the morning, she had no idea that she was about to be faced with a horrific tragedy. Called out to the Slabaugh farm, home of a hardworking Amish family comprising of two adults and four children, they were confronted with the deaths of the parents and an uncle in the barn. An apparent accident caused by methane gas from the cesspit, the lack of ventilation obvious to Kate and her officers immediately they entered the barn; but the autopsy showed otherwise – one of the victims appeared to have a head wound made by a blunt object. Was this connected to the spate of vicious hate attacks which had been occurring against the Amish in the past few months?Kate was determined to get to the bottom of the horrible crime. She felt emotionally involved with the Slabaugh children, so much so that she knew it would affect her work if she wasn’t careful. When Agent John Tomasetti arrived on the scene to assist with the investigation, Kate was happy he was there. Kate and John had a complex relationship, having worked together on cases before; they also both had secrets in their past – but their attraction to each other was something they weren’t willing to give up on either. As they dug deeper into the secrets of the Amish community and in particular the Slabaugh family, the horrors only deepened. Would they discover who the killer was? Was there a link to the continued attacks within the community? What a brilliant thriller! I’ve only recently begun reading Linda Castillo’s Kate Burkholder series, with this being the third in the series. The twists and turns, the chilling and gritty nature of the plot – all in all, a fabulous book! I loved it so much, I reserved the next one at my library as soon as I’d finished this one! Highly recommended.

  • Magpie67
    2019-03-19 11:31

    Brilliant series. An accidental death turns to murder when a husband, his wife and his brother are pulled out dead from a poorly ventilated cesspit under the hogs. Religion had two sides as always in the case of Amish vs Englishers. Along side this case is the rampant bully issues causing much grief and permanent damage to property. No one will prosecute and being an ex-member works for Kate and against her. Once she was an innocent until a man took that away from her at the age of 14. Now here is another young girl being taken advantage of, it grates on her nerves. Young love, murder and mystery with witty dialogue and a bit of romance as Kate and John venture forward into their relationship. Both are broken souls wanting to share their heart with each other... but still doing a dance trying to trust one another. The hate crimes are terrible. They always are and I don't understand them in our society.

  • Mary Gilligan-Nolan
    2019-04-03 13:30

    I do like this series, I really do, but this is the third book about a small town called Painters Mill, which has an Amish Community, but I feel at this point, there have been so many Amish murders in such a small town, there can't be many more left. If I were Amish, I'd get the hell out of Dodge at this stage. Aside from this, Kate Burkeholder, Chief of Police, is slipping further towards a breakdown by the looks of it, definitely, she is two steps away from a 12 step programme and need to get her drinking problem under control. Agent John Tomasetti is called into a near-by town to investigate hate crimes against the Amish community and then when a link is established between that and a case Kate is working one, he comes to her aide once again. One other thing irked me in this book, the Police have no qualms about really going after someone that they even feel is innocent and treating them pretty badly. For instance, one poor guy was slung in jail indefinitely, even though Kate didn't really feel he was involved, but she refused to release him, even when his lawyer complained. It just didn't make sense. And don't get me started on the drink-driving laws in the town, the police seem to head for the bar every night and have no problems driving to and fro. And, while in uniform!! You'd be sacked on the spot for drinking in uniform in Ireland and I am sure, in the U.K. also. Anyway, the story was still o.k. I can't say I didn't enjoy it, but I've read better this week.

  • Brenda H
    2019-04-05 07:34

    Breaking Silence is the third book in the Kate Burkholder series by Linda Castillo. Chief of Police Kate Burkholder awakens to her office calling to notify her of an emergency at the Slabaugh farm. Kate and emergency personnel rush to the scene only to find that they are too late. What at first seems to be a tragic accident is soon determined to be murder.In addition to the incident at the Slabaugh farm, Painter’s Mill and the rest of the County are experiencing a rash of crimes against the local Amish community involving beatings, fires and attacks on their farm animals. The County Sheriff contacts the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation to assist with the hate crimes and John Tomasetti of the BCI – and Kate’s occasional lover – comes to town.Interesting storylines and a bit of a twist ending make for a good read. In addition, the reader is seeming the changes in both Kate and Tomasetti and in them together. Kate still struggles regularly with her Amish upbringing and her current life as an “Englischer”. Definitely a series that I will continue.Rating: 4 Stars

  • Marian
    2019-03-28 14:50

    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.

  • Jae
    2019-03-29 14:25

    Kate was starting to annoy me with all her internal self-struggle crap. I'll give the rest of the series a rest for a few. But John sure grew on me.

  • La Talpa
    2019-03-26 12:44

    Wieder ein spannender Thriller rund um die Amische und die toughe Polizeichefin Kate Burkholder.In der kleinen Stadt Painters Mill geschehen einige Hassdelikte gegen Amische. Außerdem werden noch drei Amische tot in einer Jauchegrube entdeckt. Kate Burkholder begibt sich auf die Suche nach den Tätern und versucht zu ergründen, ob diese Straftaten alle zusammenhängen oder ob es einen ganz anderen Hintergrund für die Morde gibt...Wie immer bei dieser Thriller-Reihe hatte mich Linda Castillo von der ersten Seite an und ich konnte vor lauter Spannung das Buch kaum aus der Hand legen. Durchweg ein großartiger Thriller mit einem genialen Ende.Auch unsere Protagonistin Kate Burkholder hat mich wieder voll und ganz begeistert. Sie ist einfach nicht die 08/15-Polizistin und grade ihre "Fehler" finde ich umso charmanter.Eine absolute Empfehlung für alle Thrillerfans!!

  • Sean Peters
    2019-04-16 07:43

    Bestselling author Linda Castillo's third instalment of Police Chief Kate Burkholder who is 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.Linda Castillo third offers plenty of violence, a surprise ending and some insight into the Amish way of life and deeply flawed characters with a glimpse into a unique community in which isolation can hide a plethora of secretsGripping, fast paced, tense and the plot thickens with twists and turns and shocks a real page turner, and now also you get to know the characters better with each book, especially Kate and Tomasetti.Cannot wait till I start number 4. Highly recommended

  • Lesley
    2019-03-22 11:42

    really enjoy this amish community murder investigation! On to the next book!

  • Vivisection
    2019-03-28 12:35

    Two cultures living side by side interacting and isolating is a trope or motif which I enjoy in most writing. This series presents the small town of Painter's Mill and the two cultures--Amish and middle America--struggling to live side by side. In the middle is the intrepid Chief Burkholder with one foot in her Amish upbringing and one foot firmly planted in her new life among the Englischers.When I first watched An Amish Murder on Lifetime (don't judge me), I liked the mystery. I was intrigued when I saw the movie was based on the novel Sworn to Silence, I thought maybe, just maybe, there was a multidimensional portrait of the Amish and their struggle to live in symbiosis with the English culture. Perhaps there were more of Chief Kate Burkholder's secrets to uncover hidden within the novels because we all know the book is always better, right? RIGHT?Wrong. By the third installment, the prose has broken down to the point where either Kate or her love interest, Tomasetti, vow to get those evil, Amish hating, sons of bitches. Oh, those sons of bitches--so evil, so full of hate, so needing to be caught. Because they are evil sons of bitches. Sons of bitches who have taken their hatred of the Amish to the level that only evil sons of bitches can. Son. of. a. Bitch.The Amish world serves as a stage setting, a place for those evil sons of bitches to wreak their havoc. Like the fake town in Blazing Saddles,the farms and kitchens of the Amish look Amish and smell Amish--a lantern here, a buggy there-- but there is little substance underneath. Enter Chief Katie stage left. She remembers those kind, gentle folks and now she is no longer part of their world because of an evil son of a bitch. She understands each ritual as no other person can, but her back is turned to them and theirs to her. A smattering of Pennsylvania Dutch serves as a prop for Kate to question or "overhear" information but a three dimensional portrait of the Amish fails to materialize. I'm not saying chunks of exposition had to be in each and every scene, but it would have been nice if Kate had other memories besides the fact that she was young and innocent until the evil son of a bitch came in and ruined her Amish paradise forever.There are some good points--the mysteries are compelling. You do want to find out who the evil sons of bitches are and see them brought to justice. While Kate can be repetitive, her past IS filled with secrets and darkness with which she struggles. Her lover, Tomasetti, is also a hot mess and somehow their hot messiness works when they are together. I doubt i'll be returning to the town of Painter's Mill. Too many evil sons of bitches.

  • Jean
    2019-03-29 15:24

    Breaking Silence is the third publication in Linda Castillo’s Kate Burkholder thriller series. Unlike the first two books, this one did not have the gruesome murders that the first two had, which was, truthfully, a bit of a relief. Except it begins with two men creeping onto an Amish farm and killing a woman’s sheep, one of many hate crimes that occur throughout the novel.Then there the discovery of an Amish farmer, his brother, and his wife in a manure pit on their farm. They had asphyxiated on methane fumes and left four children behind. It looks like an accident, but is it? Soon the deaths are ruled to be homicides. Are they related to the hate crimes? Because of the ongoing hate crimes, John Tomasetti, now a happier man in a new office, is called back to Painters Mill to assist the sheriff. It goes without saying that he works –uh – closely with Chief Burkholder.There is much to like about Breaking Silence. The characters of Kate and John are developed even further, and their relationship grows. However, Kate’s drinking seems to be out of control; she drinks while on duty and goes back to work. It is amazing that no one calls her out on this. No one but John, and as he says, who is he to judge? Where are the mayor and council members who were her big critics in Sworn to Silence? I have to wonder if Skid or Pickles or Mona or somebody in her office doesn’t talk about her drinking behind her back. It’s a small town, after all.But Kate is an intelligent, caring, insightful human being. We get even more glimpses of her brokenness as she views these Amish families from the outside looking in. We feel the pain that she attempts to drown with Absolut and Killian’s. As the series progresses, I have a feeling she gets her manure together and is a better person for it. While the story is about Kate, I would like to see some of the supporting cast developed more. They are loyal to the chief and seem to be competent officers and office personnel, but who are they? The plot is well devised with several twists and turns. I was mildly surprised near the end – but that wasn’t even the final twist. As for possible motives, there are themes running through the book (here are a few different ones to avoid spoiling the end): hatred of those who are different, fear of change, struggle for survival, and love, to name a few.As usual, I love the way Castillo paints with her words: I shivered at the descriptions of the cold, wet rain, gagged at the odor the foul muck, and felt my heart wrench for Kate’s sense of loss as she realizes some of the things she misses about her Amish life that are forever gone. I enjoyed Breaking Silence very much, and I look forward to reading Gone Missing.4 stars

  • Maddy
    2019-03-20 15:51

    PROTAGONIST: Kate Burkholder, chief of policeSETTING: Amish OhioSERIES: #3 of 3RATING: 4.5When three members of an Amish farming family are found dead in a cesspit in their barn, it is assumed that a terrible accident has occurred, with death being caused by methane gas asphyxiation. The coroner discovers one of the victims has a head wound; it is clear that this is murder. What is particularly sad is that four children have lost their parents and uncle. And there’s another issue that has the police busy. Someone is attacking the local Amish population in what appears to be a series of hate crimes. The Amish are a very closed community and quite unwilling to speak with outsiders about their affairs. However, the chief of police, Kate Burkholder, grew up Amish and has a deep understanding of their culture. Although she is able to conduct an interrogation, she finds herself in deep conflict. She very much relates to the issues that the children face, particularly the teenage daughter who is experiencing some of the same dilemmas that Kate herself faced at that age before she was excommunicated. The situation has made Kate quite vulnerable. She realizes that she is in danger of losing her objectivity. Kate is aided in the investigation by state agent John Tomasetti, who is also her lover. They have a complicated relationship, one which is very well developed over the course of the book. What they uncover is truly shocking, and everything one has assumed about who is the villain and their motivation is turned on its ear. In addition to the effective plot twists, the characterization is excellent and the depiction of the Amish world engrossing. One thing that did not work well for me was the resolution of the hate crime case. It was treated rather summarily, and there was no real revelation of the motivation for these horrific acts or any insight into the villains. I also found the acts of animal slaughter in the prologue to be very disturbing.BREAKING SILENCE is the third book in the Kate Burkholder series. Castillo has done an excellent job of providing an inside look at the Amish culture without resorting to stereotypes. The book is a well-written thriller. I enjoyed SILENCE and intend to search out the earlier books in the series.

  • Georgette
    2019-04-18 14:36

    Captain Kate Burkholder has just come back from escaping death for the second time in as many years. She's immediately brought into another murder of another family in the small Amish community she polices. Her sometimes partner in crime(and love) returns, but the relationship has been irrevocably damaged by her close brush with death and her growing friendship with a FBI official. Will she regain her wits and police smarts, even when having to depend upon her long-distance detective and push away her doubts about her abilities to remain emotionally solid while trying to crack the case? You have to read to find out. Every new book in the series gets more intense, whether it's the scene of the crime, the emotional rollercoaster ride between Kate and her emotionally tortured equal, the dialogue between Kate(a lapsed member of the Amish community) and the Amish(who don't confide in those not in their community) in regards to these crimes, the scenery and the setup of the end of the book. I mean, Linda Castillo knocks it out of the ballpark with each additional mystery in this series. Burkholder is a great, realistic female cop who doesn't take any crap and yet when she breaks down in private, it's very raw and real. Her boyfriend/long-distance detective compadre is another great character. A man who lost his entire family when one of the men he busted murders his family(driving him to alcoholism and prescription pill addiction to deal with his grief), he's been suspended and investigated by the force, yet he's respected enough that he's allowed to help Kate out with her cases(in several of the books, mainly on an advisory basis, but still- it helps in both books), Joe's a great character. You can't help but cheer when they work things out and they spend quality time together. Just a great series, do yourself a favor and read the books. You will love them.

  • Lauren
    2019-03-27 10:26

    Breaking Silence4 StarsWhen an apparent accident on an Amish farm turns into a murder investigation, Painter’s Mill’s chief of police, Kate Burkholder, is surprised when the suspects start coming out of the woodwork. Who would want the Slabaugh’s dead? Is it the shunned brother, or a disgruntled worker, or is the case connected to a series of hate crimes plaguing the small town? With the help of State agent, John Tomasetti, Kate begins to unravel the clues and exposes a diabolical truth that will shake her to her core. ***Warning***: The descriptions are dark and gritty although not as gruesome as the first two books in the series. The investigation moves more slowly in this installment with a slew of plausible suspects. Nevertheless, there is a distinct point at which It is possible to figure out the culprit, especially for those who have read (view spoiler)[In the Woods by Tana French (hide spoiler)]. The final confrontation with the villain is both compelling and satisfying. Castillo’s characterization is excellent with each and every member of the cast well delineated and contributing both to the plot and its underlying message against extremism whether it be in the form of racial hatred, social exclusion or isolationism. Kate and Tomasetti’s relationship also moves to the next, more emotional level. This is a positive step as they seem to compliment one another and bring out the best each has to offer. They are also open and honest thereby preventing the silly misunderstandings trope, which can get exceedingly annoying very quickly. Kathleen McInerney’s narration is riveting and adds another layer of tension and suspense to the story. All in all, an excellent thriller with a disturbing twist and I look forward to Kate’s next case.

  • Wisteriouswoman
    2019-03-21 12:42

    This book can't hold a candle to Jodi Picoult's Plain Truth. Breaking Silence didn't ring true at all. The protagonist goes on and on about her Amish roots but then is drinking and smoking and having sex without a guilty thought. Anyone who has grown up in a strict religious family until she is 14 has her sense of morality shaped by it. Half the time Kate is tired and smelly and sleep deprived and still ready for a romp in the sack. She is just so cliche: woman cop with troubled rebellious past has hidden yearnings to be motherly, drinks and smokes to try to control her demons, and has an intimate relationship with a handsome FBI agent that has his own hidden hell of a past. Her yearning for him is the stuff of romance novels.The Amish shun those that have left the faith so it doesn't make sense that she waltzes in and acts like she can be best buds with the Amish kids who have lost their parents. The story has several themes going on that jump around and aren't satisfactorily wrapped up.Amish kids have to grow up more quickly than their English peers since they leave school at 8th grade to learn adult skills and to be ready for marriage at a comparatively young age. It was irritating how she made the youngest children out to be babies when in fact one boy is about 10 and the other boy is twelve. She talks about Mose as if he is an innocent child too even though 17 year old young adults that commit murder are sometimes tried in adult court. It was hard to really like any of the characters. Kate doesn't get any sympathy from me.I don't think I want to read any of her other books. I finished this book but I really should have stopped after the first few chapters.

  • Beccalarge
    2019-04-16 13:42

    Take my two stars (almost gave it one, but that seems mean) with a grain of salt. This is not the type of book I usually read and I knew that going in. My mother in law read it and loaned it to me, otherwise I never would have picked it up. IF you enjoy this author just skip my review. This book is about a chief of police (a women in her early 30's...the first of many many unbelievable aspects of the story), who grew up amish until the age of 14. When a bunch of mysterious hate crimes and then a murder occur in the neighboring amish community (the very one she grew up in!) this brave young cop tries to solve the mystery. From start to finish I had trouble with this book. Trouble with the plot, trouble with the chief's boyfriend (think tall, dark, and mysterious...also a cop who comes in to work along side her...GAG.), trouble with the central Amish family, trouble with ALL of it.This book felt like it was trying to be a romance novel (but it's not), but also a mystery/crime story (not really mysterious). As the chief undercovers all sorts of secrets in an amish family to continually keep the reader guessing as to who the murderer could possibly be (I am being sarcastic) the story just fell apart for me. I couldn't believe any of it and didn't care about any of the characters. Then it got weird. There is a bit of an incestuous relationship which pretty much sealed the deal for me. Not a book I would recommend on any level. (At the end of the book there is a brief clip from the next in the series and it also features an incestuous amish relationship. Uggg. No thanks)

  • Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
    2019-04-18 09:42

    4.0 StarsThis may be one of my personal favourites in the series. The mystery was so well designed and executed. Castillo completely surprised me with this one. I did not predict the ending to this one at all. The plot was incredibly engrossing and I found myself looking for excuses to keep listening to the audiobook. I am really enjoying this series as a whole, with its familiar characters and comforting small town setting. I appreciate that the Amish community is written in a respectful and positive manner. With each novel, the author continues the character development of the strong, yet emotional, female protagonist. I normally dislike romantic elements in my mystery series, yet I don't mind this one. Before even finishing this novel, I requested a the fourth book from my library so that I can continue reading through this series as soon as possible.

  • Heather Gilbert
    2019-03-28 11:31

    I'm now officially addicted to this series, which cracks me up because I really didn't think I had much interest in Amish stories! I really enjoy Kate's point of view and her determination to catch killers. I also like that books in this series take unexpected twists I can't see coming. Though these stories are gritty, they don't seem to revel in the grit or to take it lightly. In other words, there's a nice balance. On to the next-in-series!

  • Stephanie
    2019-04-04 09:50

    Re-read in 2017: 3.5 Stars. I listened to most of this on audio on the drive home from vacation and I couldn't remember all the details of the conclusion, so I had to read the rest as soon as I could. This was a good mystery. I really like this series.

  • Britni
    2019-04-05 14:28

    4.5/5. I love this series!!!!!!! I flew through this. Linda Castillo writes such dark, disturbing, creepy mysteries! I can't get enough! Although I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as the first book in the series, it was still a solid read, and I look forward to continuing!

  • Kevintipple
    2019-03-23 15:24

    The third novel in this mystery series, “Breaking Silence” by Linda Castillo, is quite possibly the most disturbing book to date. Police Chief Kate Burkholder is hard at work trying to stop a series of attacks against the Amish while solving a complex murder case.At first, what happened that cold December morning at the Slabaugh farm appeared to be an accident. The 5:00 a.m. phone call signaled something bad had happened before Chief Kate Burkholder was told of the family nightmare. Three unconscious adults were down in the manure pit inside the hog barn on the Slabaugh farm. Since the family is Amish and therefore does not have modern conveniences like electricity and phones, one of the kids had to get help from Bishop Troyer who relayed the emergency situation to the local police. Burkholder and others arrive on scene and pull the others from the manure pit, but they are far too late. Methane gas is a deadly killer and it just took way too long to get them out alive. Initial investigation appears that one adult slipped in during the cleaning process and the others died during the attempted rescue.That is until the autopsy finds that Mr. Solomon Slabaugh was struck in the back of the head by a blunt object. The blow cracked his skull leaving a round impression and caused damage of a serious nature. It absolutely could not have happened by a fall to the sloped concrete apron of the manure pit. That and other signs make it clear that he was murdered. How his wife and another family relative wound up in the pit is unknown but at last one murder has occurred. The only good news out of this family tragedy is there is a brother of the father who can take the kids ranging in ages of 10 to 17 into his home.The bad news is that Amish is no longer of the Amish faith and was banished several years ago. This sets up a cultural clash between the local Amish who want to take over caring for the children as is their duty and custom and the children’s estranged Uncle who considers the children family and soley his responsibility. Neither side is going to give in and that means the already hard feelings between both sides are only going to get worse. The children, three boys and a girl have their own issues and Kate feels incredibly drawn to the teenage girl who reminds Kate so much of her own troubled past.If that isn’t enough, somebody is harassing the local Amish and things are getting worse as the attacks escalate. Reports are stretchy and the Amish certainly don’t want to talk about it and outright refuse to say a word most of the time. But, visible damage to animals, equipment and people tell the tale. Evidence of fire bombings, mutilated sheep, as well as other attacks brings in agent John Tomasetti from the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation. He recently requested reassignment to the small state office in Richfield so that he could conceivable see Kate more often as that office handles her area. Their relationship, if they call it that, is still very unsettled and it has to take a backseat to what is happening. Sent in to assist with investigating and stopping the hate crimes, Burkholder and Tomasetti struggle to understand whether or not what happened at the Slabaugh farm is part of the violent hate attacks.Eventually the twin storylines get solved in this very disturbing tale. It is impossible to explain why this one is so dark and disturbing without ruining a huge section of the primary storyline. A primary storyline that once again finds Kate gradually unraveling under the strain of the current cases as well as background events covered in the first two books.Those events are covered again in this book in detail making it imperative that this series be read in order starting with “Sworn to Silence.” Depending on what the reader is comfortable with or not, readers are warned that this book has disturbing and somewhat graphic descriptions in it that could offend some readers. These books are hard edged, almost noir style in nature, and are occasionally rather graphic. That certainly is the case here. This good book and series is not a cozy style type read where everything happens offstage. If you prefer your books dark and complex, your major characters flawed and realistic, and your reads fast paced and suspenseful this one is the one of for you. Building on a solid foundation, Texas author Linda Castillo has worked her magic yet again in another mighty good book. This one might just be the best in the series.Breaking SilenceLinda Castillo Minotaur Books (St. Martin’s Publishing Group) June 2011ISBN# 978-0-312-37499-0Hardback302 Pages$24.99Material Supplied by the good folks of the Plano, Texas Public Library System.Kevin R. Tipple © 2011