Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sworn To Silence

I read this book yesterday during Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon. It was a good choice as it was hard to put down.

From Macmillan Publishers website:

A killer is preying on sacred ground..

In the sleepy rural town of Painters Mill, Ohio, the Amish and “English” residents have lived side by side for two centuries. But sixteen years ago, a series of brutal murders shattered the peaceful farming community. In the aftermath of the violence, the town was left with a sense of fragility, a loss of innocence. Kate Burkholder, a young Amish girl, survived the terror of the Slaughterhouse Killer but came away from its brutality with the realization that she no longer belonged with the Amish.

Now, a wealth of experience later, Kate has been asked to return to Painters Mill as Chief of Police. Her Amish roots and big city law enforcement background make her the perfect candidate. She’s certain she’s come to terms with her past—until the first body is discovered in a snowy field. Kate vows to stop the killer before he strikes again. But to do so, she must betray both her family and her Amish past—and expose a dark secret that could destroy her.

My review:

Kate Burkholder is the chief of police in a small Amish town in Ohio. Kate grew up Amish but left the order after a crime changed her life. Now as an adult, a brutal serial killer is on the loose and Kate needs to stop him. I really liked this book. It was riveting. Kate is one of those characters you can't help but like. The crimes in this book were very brutal and graphic. I'm not sure I needed that much gore but it did get the point across. You wanted the killer caught and quick! Very suspenseful! I won this book from Goodreads First Reads program.


  1. I suppose I'm not surprised that goodreads has a First Reader pgm but I ... oh never mind. CONGRATS on your readathon success! already hard at writing the reviews! VERY IMPRESSED.

  2. I am also mightily impressed with you already doing reviews. I hope that you have had some well earned rest :)

  3. This sounds so good, but I just can't handle too much graphic violence. Glad you liked it, though!

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