Title: Breaking Silence (Kate Burkholder, #3)
Author: Linda Castillo
Publish Date: June 21, 2011
# of Pages: 302
(**Warning** Possible spoilers)
(From Goodreads) 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.
Breaking Silence is Linda Castillo’s third novel in the Kate Burkholder series. In this novel, Kate investigates a manure pit tragedy on a quiet Amish farm. What at first seems like an unfortunate accident soon turns into a murder investigation.
Breaking Silence was a fantastic thriller! As per Linda Castillo’s prior two novels, she keeps you guessing up until the very end. Like Kate, I felt myself growing attached to the four Slabaugh children, so it was hard to witness all of the twists and turns the end of the novel took. I was not expecting the ending, and I couldn’t help but think how tragic and unnecessary the killings were. While the ultimate mastermind behind the murders was a true psychopath, I can’t help but think she was like a caged animal trying to break free from the confines of her strict up-bringing. Or maybe she had me duped into sympathizing with her too?
As with the previous two novels in the series, Kate and John’s relationship continues to grow. I like that the romance isn’t the central theme of the book. Kate’s passion is for her work—she’s not a lovesick puppy nipping at John’s heels. I appreciate the slow evolution of their romance and hope this continues in future novels.
I’ve said it before, but if you’re a fan of thrillers and enjoy listening to audiobooks, check this series out! The voice actor does a fantastic job, and the stories suck you in immediately.
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