In an earlier post, I mentioned the number of wins I have received through Librarything.com. I have actually found some great reads by just requesting books from the Earlier Reader program. One of the first finds was Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo. I didn’t win the book, but the blurb sounded so good I had to go out and buy the book.
Burkholder grew up in the Amish community in Painters Mill, but a traumatic event in her youth caused her to leave both her family and her religion. Kate Burkholder has returned to Painters Mill. Big city police experience and an Amish background make her a perfect fit for chief of police. A killer strikes requiring Kate to investigate circumstances that mirror the very event that caused her to flee the peaceful community years before. She must face up to the past in order to solve the crime. Burkholder begins a partnership with John Tomasetti from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation who struggles with his own issues from the past.
Castillo’s characters are flawed, but awe inspiring. Her writing is suspenseful, riveting and gritty. You will not be able to put Sworn to Silence down.
Sworn to Silence is the first in the series followed by Pray for Silence, Breaking Silence and Gone Missing.