Pray for Silence centers around the character of Kate Burkholder, who is Chief of Police in Painters Mill, OH. Painters Mill is a very small community that has a very prominent Amish population. Within the first few pages, the police discover an entire Amish family murdered within their own home. As a person who has lived near Amish families all my life, I know they are very peaceful people and the Plank family appeared no different. This is what initially drew me in -- why would someone commit such a violent crime to such peaceful people?
From the moment Chief Burkholder steps in the Plank home, she is overwhelmed by the brutality committed against this seemingly innocent family. And after close investigation of the bodies, she is sure the scene isn't as it seems. With virtually no clues and a clean crime scene, she may be in for more than she bargained for. What she does know is there is a very violent criminal still at large and no one is safe until she finds him. Not only is this novel well written, I found the character of Kate Burkholder very relatable and I think that is truly the hold of Pray for Silence.
This thriller had me engaged from page one. There are more twists and turns than a rollercoaster and a killer that will keep you guessing till the end. And keep in mind, not everyone is as innocent as they seem. But I must warn you, if you are not comfortable with violence, this is not the book for you. This is not a cozy mystery; it's a thriller.
Recommended by Shannon Jackson