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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.
Chock full of twists and chills, and set against the unusual world of the Amish, this series “will delight fans of Chelsea Cain and Thomas Harris” (USA Today).
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By tinaswfl on 03-22-12
I was interested by the book's description and looking forward to the setting in an Amish community. However the lengthy descriptions of Chief Burkholder's brooding about her conflicted feelings about the Amish community got in the way of the story line.Hard to imagine her in directing the work of a police department --- even a small one. I think some judicious editing would have helped this book because, basically the story is a good one with some good plot twists.
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By Pam on 04-11-12
Would you try another book from Linda Castillo and/or Kathleen McInerney?
Good story bad narrating. Her voice when she was doing the male characters gave me the creeps.
What did you like best about this story?
I love Amish stories. Since this was a thriller made it all the better.
Do you think Breaking Silence needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
Yes!!!! But get a different narrator.
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By Anne on 03-18-14
Linda Castillo a great story teller
Any additional comments?
Amish life and detective work make this an interesting mystery. Kathleen McInerney's reading made Linda Castillo's story come to life.
By Amazon Customer on 01-06-13
Tragedy strikes but soon it becomes murder
Police Chief Kate Burkholder is called to an accident on a peaceful Amish farm. Two parents and an Uncle are dead in tragic circumstances. Four children are left as orphans.
But in the course of the autopsies, the coroner discovers that all is not what it seems. One of the victims suffered a head wound before death—murder was involved.
State agent John Tomasetti works with Kate to search for murder.
This is the third Kate Burkholder book and links to the previous ones. However, it can be enjoyed as a standalone book just as well.