The Kate Burkholder Series, Books 1-3
Sworn to Silence, Pray for Silence, Breaking Silence
Author: Linda Castillo
New York Times bestselling author Linda Castillo immerses readers in the world of the Amish in this chilling series that is equal parts fast-paced thriller and intriguing psychological puzzle.
Sworn to Silence
Sixteen years ago, a brutal serial killer left a trail of victims before vanishing into thin air. Now, he may have returned, and only one woman can stop him—but can she solve the case without revealing a terrible secret that links her to the original murders?
Pray for Silence
In the quiet town of Painters Mill an Amish family of seven has been found slaughtered on their farm. Police chief Kate Burkholder and her small force have few clues, no motive, and no suspect.
What appears to be a gruesome accident that left three people dead turns more sinister when evidence of foul play emerge. Together with agent John Tomasetti, Kate searches for answers and uncovers a dark secret at work beneath the placid surface of this idyllic Amish community.
In The News
“Balancing chilling suspense and a nuanced portrait of the English-Amish divide. . . Sworn to Silence is the opening salvo in what promises to be a gripping series.” —People magazine
“Linda Castillo’s debut novel is absolutely stunning. Amish police chief Kate Burkholder—smart and tough with more than her share of dark secrets—proves a formidable match for the terrifying killer she must confront. A perfectly crafted thriller.” —Lisa Scottoline, New York Times bestselling author of Look Again
“Complicated, haunted protagonists, shocking murders, psychological twists and bizarre crime scenes. What's not to love? Sworn to Silence is a nail-biting series debut.” —Chelsea Cain, New York Times bestselling author of Heartsick
“Castillo melds deeply flawed characters with a glimpse into a unique community in which isolation can hide a plethora of secrets.” —Publishers Weekly