Breaking Silence

Kate Burkholder (Volume 3)

Linda Castillo, read by Kathleen McInerney

Macmillan Audio

The New York Times bestselling series hailed as “gripping” (People magazine) and “compelling” (USA Today) returns with Police Chief Kate Burkholder 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.

Chock full of twists and chills and set against the unusual world of the Amish, this series “will delight fans of Chelsea Cain and Thomas Harris” (USA Today).


Read an Excerpt


The rain started at midnight. The wind began a short time later, yanking the last of the leaves from the maple and sycamore trees and sending them skittering along Main Street like dry, frightened crustaceans. With the temperature dropping five degrees an hour and a cold front barreling in from the north, it would be snowing by morning.

“Fuckin’ weather.” Roland “Pickles” Shumaker folded his seventy-four-year-old frame into the Crown Vic cruiser and slammed the door just a little too hard. He’d known better than to let himself




  • Breaking Silence by Linda Castillo

    The New York Times bestselling series hailed as "gripping" (People magazine) and "compelling" (USA Today) returns with Police Chief Kate Burkholder called to the scene of a horrific tragedy on a peaceful Amish farm.

  • Breaking Silence by Linda Castillo--Audiobook Excerpt

    Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Linda Castillo's mystery novel Breaking Silence. The New York Times bestselling series hailed as "gripping" (People magazine) and "compelling" (USA Today) returns with Police Chief Kate Burkholder called to the scene of a horrific tragedy on a peaceful Amish farm.



Praise for Breaking Silence

“As in the first two novels in the series, nothing is what it seems and the path to solving the crime is twisting and fraught with danger. Happily, Kathleen McInerney has returned to narrate Castillo’s spellbinding story.” – New Jersey Star-Ledger

“Linda Castillo’s Breaking Silence  is the first Kate Burkholder mystery I have encountered and it’s a darn good one…Kathleen McInerney did a fine job narrating the unabridged audiobook and differentiating characters…I enjoyed listening to the mystery and found it easy to follow in this medium.” –  BookLoons

“Ably read by Kathleen McInerney, Castillo’s latest effort, which features Police Chief Kate Burkholder, is filled with well-drawn characters whose personalities are enhanced by McInerney’s ability to give each a unique tone. Especially effective are her portrayals of the Amish…While McInerney makes every character voice memorable, among the best is the voice she gives to Agent John Tomasetti, who investigates the murder and whose history with Burkholder adds a fascinating dimension to the plot.” – AudioFile Magazine

“Kathleen McInerney does an outstanding job of portraying each of [the characters] with just a slight change in voice.” – Reviewing the Evidence

Praise for the print edition of Breaking Silence:
“In addition to creating exceptionally well drawn characters and crafting a gripping plot that takes some shocking turns to a heart-pounding conclusion, Castillo probes with keen sensitivity the emotional toll taken by police work. The third in this series of thrillers (after Sworn to Silence, 2009, and Pray for Silence, 2010) is another winner.”—Booklist (starred review)
“Kate’s third offers plenty of violence, a surprise ending and some insight into the Amish way of life.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Castillo melds deeply flawed characters with a glimpse into a unique community in which isolation can hide a plethora of secrets.”—Publishers Weekly

“Castillo has created a gripping series about police chief Kate Burkholder, who was raised in an Amish community but left during her teens, which creates a constant tension between herself and the community but also an understanding of the people involved. Life in the farming area is vividly portrayed and both the sociological background and the physical setting add greatly to the mystery. The mystery is complicated but clearly plotted with a heart-stopping ending.”—RT Book Review (4 ½ stars)

“This is the third in a stupendous series . . . Written at a thrilling pace, with haunting images, Breaking Silence is a novel worth staying up all night to reach the end.”—New York Journal of Books


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Read the Kirkus Review of BREAKING SILENCE . A series of hate crimes against an Ohio Amish community turns deadly.
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  • Linda Castillo, read by Kathleen McInerney

  • Linda Castillo is the New York Times bestselling author of the Kate Burkholder novels, including Sworn to Silence and Pray for Silence, crime thrillers set in Amish country. She is the recipient of awards including the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence, the Holt Medallion and a nomination for the RITA. Besides writing, Castillo’s other passion is horses, particularly her Appaloosa, George. She lives in Texas with her husband.
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    Breaking Silence

    Kate Burkholder

    Linda Castillo, read by Kathleen McInerney



    Macmillan Audio