Pray for Silence
By Linda Castillo
My review: 4.5 of 5 stars
Pray for Silence features gruesome, disturbing violence that haunts the reader in much the same way as it haunts the cops in this story. Castillo spares no detail, increasing the horror quotient ten-fold. The characters, the police procedures, and the Amish practices feel authentic, and the author also knows when to throw in a bit of humor to take the edge off. Fast-paced and tense this Kate Burkholder book is (like the others) hard to put down and even harder to forget.
“There is an underground society that runs beneath the Norman Rockwell-facade of most small towns, and Painters Mill is no exception” (p. 25).
“The mind of a killer is a dark, malignant place, viscous with a cancer of black thoughts and secret hungers most people can’t imagine” (p. 91).
“For a reason I can’t readily identify, I’m reluctant to leave. I feel if I walk out, I’ll be closing the door on unfinished business” (p. 216).
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