Aug 092011


Pray for Silence
by Linda Castillo

Pray for Silence is the second book in Linda Castillo’s Kate Burkholder series.  Kate Burkholder is the chief of police in a small town in Ohio’s Amish country.  But she’s a unique chief of police, in that she was born Amish and lived Amish for her formative years.  This makes Kate ideal as the chief of police in a community populated by both the society that most of us know, and the Amish way of life.

But the book is deeper than the interplay between the two cultures of the Amish and the English.  Linda Castillo writes an amazing and addicting story, bringing her characters to life and the Ohio countryside into vivid detail.  This is the second story of Kate Burkholder’s adventures.  The first, reviewed last week, is a grim and horrific crime spree of murders across the Painter’s Mill landscape.  The story Castillo writes isn’t focused only on the crimes, but on the tangled past that Kate has as a former Amish woman.  This story is the continuation, in a way, elaborating more on Kate’s present life as the chief of police in light of a new mystery to unravel.

At the center of the story is sweet Mary Plank, a young girl head over heels in love with an outsider to the Amish world.  Her mystery man is handsome, dashing, and adoring, but…. twisted and cruel.  Mary is subjected to horrors no young woman should have to face at the hands of the beloved man she desperately wants to marry.  Her story ends in her murder, and that begins our tale.  Kate Burkholder must step into the Amish world and uncover all of Mary’s secrets in order to identify the brutal killer of sweet Mary Plank.

Not to be outdone by her first book, Linda Castillo again writes an exciting and addicting mystery crime novel, and this story will keep you glued to your most favored reading chair!

Check out Pray for Silence at the library today!