Audiobook Review – Pray for Silence by Linda Castillo

pray for silence
Title: Pray for Silence (Kate Burkholder, #2)
Author: Linda Castillo
Publish Date: June 22, 2010
# of Pages: 304
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
(**Warning** Possible spoilers)


(From Goodreads) The Plank family moved from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to join the small Amish community of Painters Mill less than a year ago and seemed the model of the Plain Life—until on a cold October night, the entire family of seven was found slaughtered on their farm. Police Chief Kate Burkholder and her small force have few clues, no motive, and no suspect. Formerly Amish herself, Kate is no stranger to the secrets the Amish keep from the English—and each other—but this crime is horribly out of the ordinary.

State agent John Tomasetti arrives on the scene to assist. He and Kate worked together on a previous case during which they began a volatile relationship. They soon realize the disturbing details of this case will test their emotional limits and force them to face demons from their own troubled pasts—and for Kate, a personal connection that is particularly hard to bear.

When she discovers a diary that belonged to one of the teenaged daughters, Kate is shocked to learn the girl kept some very dark secrets and may have been living a lurid double life. Who is the charismatic stranger who stole the young Amish girl’s heart? Could the brother—a man with a violent past, rejected and shunned by his family and the Amish community, have come to seek out revenge? As Kate’s outrage grows so does her resolve to find the killer and bring him to justice—even if it means putting herself in the line of fire.


Pray for Silence by Linda Castillo is the second novel in the Kate Burkholder series. When seven members of an Amish family are brutally murdered, police chief Kate Burkholder is queued up to solve the murder mystery.

Y’all, if you’re an audiobook fan who loves thrillers, you need to check out this series! It’s great! This book was another home run for Linda Castillo. It was a keep-you-up-at-night thriller that had me wanting to put up a “Do-Not-Disturb” sign on my back for the day so I could finish listening to it.

So what did I like?

Voice actor. I listened to the first book on audiobook as well, so I’m really glad they kept the same voice actor. The voice actress does a fantastic job, and her ability to do different voices for each character is seriously impressive.

Kate Burkholder. Kate is a very likeable character. She’s a tough cop but has a compassionate streak that runs a mile wide. She’s smart, sassy, and pulls no punches.

Different feel. I liked that this book had a completely different feel than the first book. The first book featured a serial killer, whereas this book sought to solve a single night of murders. It changed the pace of the book and allowed Castillo to get deeper into the details, which I liked.

Kate and John. I appreciate that the relationship between Kate and John Tomasetti isn’t easy. Not all relationships are easy, so this helps to make the book feel more realistic. Kate and John like each other, but they also recognize they each have a lot of personal baggage they need to work out as well.

What didn’t I like?

Damsel in distress. This is the one thing that kept me from ranking this book five stars. Kate had to be rescued two books in a row by John Tomasetti! C’mon, Kate, you’re the police chief—not a damsel in distress. This tidbit really irritated me. Needing to be rescued certainly adds an “oh no!” element to the book, but I think it could have been done differently, and I think Kate has the power to be her own hero.


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