Kate Burkholder is the Chief of Police in Painterís Mill, a small town in Ohio. Not only is it unusual for a 30 year old woman to have the job but Kate is also ex-communicated from the Amish and she has carried a terrible secret for many years. Because of this, she doesnít allow anyone to get too close.
A murder occurs in Painterís Mill and Kate fears that her secret has come back. When the second body is discovered, they realize itís a serial murderer. She canít tell her officers and her family will not talk to her about it. Sheís terrified to call in outside help, for fear of her secret being discovered but the Town Council takes care of that for her, in the form of John Tomasetti.
John has a whole set of problems of his own Ė his family was murdered and John got his revenge, but now he has survivorís guilt and heís being held together by popping pills and drinking. Heís on the verge of losing his job until a Request for Assistance comes from the Painterís Mill Town Council. While his department head is sympathetic to John, the Deputy Superintendent isnít Ė he wants John gone! John takes the job, silently hoping this will get him on the straight and narrow. What he doesnít bank on is Kate and the feelings she brings out
Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo is a suspense, with little romance. Once I learned her secret, I was sympathetic to Kate but I didnít like what she was turning into, even though I sort of understood. I like strong heroines and while Kate was strong, she was, at times, the kind of police officer I abhor. I liked John much better but the ďromanceĒ struck me as more of a convenience than two people having feelings for one another. The villain was a surprise to me and man, what a villain! Overall, I just couldnít get excited about this book. Parts of it were so over the top, while others just didnít quite make it.