08 April 2009

Sworn to Silence, Linda Castillo

Sworn to Silence Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars

I've really gotten into dark mysteries, and this fits the bill nicely (in other words, if you like cozies, stay away!).

We open with the internal monologue from the next victim of a brutal serial killer, and move quickly through her death to the start of the investigation of her murder. Turns out that there were a series of four similar murders 16 years ago, and the fear is that the killer has returned.

Our Chief of Police, Kate, is a woman, one who used to be Amish but rebelled and has lived as English since she was 18. A few years ago she moved back to her hometown to take this job, in part because she understands both cultures. I very much liked the fact that the Amish side isn't treated as "ooh... how quaint and odd and different" but as simply another culture in this town.

Kate has a secret of her own, which leads her to make some basic mistakes in the initial days of the investigation. Two victims (including the daughter of one of the town councilmen) later, she's removed from the job and replaced by someone from the County.

Before all this, she's met - fought with - and become intimate with - a very troubled man from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Through Joe, and refusing to stop working the case, she figures out who the killer is and manages to catch him (after being caught first, and tortured). It's the start of a beautiful friendship...

I hope this becomes a series, because I liked Kate, I liked the town and I
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