read from February 05 - 08
Pray for Silence by Linda Castillo
Book 2 of the Kate Burkholder series
Summary (via Goodreads)
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.
The beginning pulled me in with a shock. The book wasn't gory but my imagination of the crime scenes filled in the blanks and it was a visceral reaction to the horrific crime.
Kate's personal relationships showed a side of her we didn't see in the first book. She didn't want to cry in front of someone she's slept with because emotional vulnerability is much harder for her than physical intimacy. I look forward to seeing her character's journey as the series progresses.
It was pretty unbelievable that one of the characters wasn't killed but I'm happy he's still around so I'll let it go.
A Few Quotes from the Book
"As Skid speaks into his radio, I look at the two dead girls, and I feel the crushing weight of my responsibility to them settle onto my shoulders. I've heard veteran cops talk about life-altering cases. Cases that haunt a cop long after they're closed. I've had cases like that myself. Cases that fundamentally changed me. Changed the way I view people. The way I perceive my job as a cop. The way I see myself.
Standing there with the stench of death filling my nostrils, I know this is going to be one of those cases. It's going to take a toll. Not only on me, but on this town I love and a community that's already seen more than its share of violence."
"I should be comforted by the constancy of our existence. The routine of small town life. The prettiness of the town. The friendliness of the people I've sworn to protect and serve. Instead, I feel strangely indignant that life continues on with so little interruption when just down the road a family of seven has been wiped off the face of the earth."
"I'm not sure why I do this to myself, this revisiting of the dead. There is some information a cop gleans from seeing a body up close and personal, but most truly useful information comes from the autopsy report. Still, I come here. I pay final homage. Maybe I do it because seeing the victims reminds me that there are real people behind every crime. I work for them now."