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New York Times bestselling author Linda Castillo delivers an electrifying thriller in which Chief of Police Kate Burkholder must confront a dark evil to solve the mysterious murders of an entire Amish family.

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.

Topping her own bestselling debut, Linda Castillo once again immerses us in the world of the Amish with a chilling story that is both a fast-paced thriller and intriguing psychological puzzle.

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    Pray for Silence

    Good book if you want a change of pace -a thriller

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    Exciting and fast read

    Very well written and exciting story. An Amish family of seven is brutally and savagely murdered in their house on the outskirts of Painters Mill. Kate Burkholder, chief of police, is shocked at the violence and feels that the killer could not be Amish. The two teenage daughters, 14 and 16, are killed and mutilated in the barn. The medical examiner reveals that one daughter was pregnant. Kate has to called upon help from John Tomasetti from the state investigators' office to search for evidence, due to her small police force. Kate searches the pregnant daughter's room and finds a diary hidden in a slot in the floor. It reveals that she had fallen in love with a man outside the Amish faith and that she had become pregnant by him. Kate works too hard, drinks too much and never seems to sleep. Even though some of the subject matter was difficult to read, I enjoyed the story very much and look forward to the next.

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    Intense and fast read

    An entire Amish family is brutally murdered, and Chief of Police has to find the killer before he can kill again. Her relationship with John Tomisetti carries on.

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