Thursday, May 13, 2010
Amish Thriller Debut
Title: Sworn to Silence
By: Linda Castillo
As a 14-year old Amish girl, Kate Burkholder survived a brutal rape by a serial murderer dubbed The Slaughterhouse Killer. Some years later, Kate left Painters Mill, Ohio, parting with her family and the Amish way of life. Returning at thirty-years of age as the new Chief of Police, Kate is shunned by many in the community, including her brother, sister and their families. In other respects she is the perfect candidate for the job. She speaks Pennsylvania Dutch, understands the Amish ways and can bridge the gap between the Amish and English communities.
Kate had good reason to believe her rapist was long dead, but recent events cast doubt. Either the murderer survived or there is a copycat.
This is a precisely written fast-paced thriller with a compassionate view of the Amish people and a fascinating portrait of a protagonist faced with an ethical dilemma. Should she tell the truth about what happened to her 15 years ago and get the help she needs to catch a serial murderer? Already shunned by her brother and sister, should she risk further alienation from that community if it means protecting an entire town? What about her own feelings of personal betrayal by her family? Help comes in the guise of a cop who has survived his own family tragedy. Romance blooms. This is the first in a series.