St. Martin’s Press; 2011, 302 pgs.
Reviewed by Gina R. Metz
Breaking Silence begins with what first appears to be a terrible accident. Solomon Slabaugh, his wife Rachel, and brother Abel Slabaugh are all found in the pit of hog manure in the barn. It is initially assumed that one of the brothers fell into the pit and the other brother and wife have succumbed to methane gas asphyxiation while trying to rescue the other. However, when the bodies are removed, the Coroner discovers a head wound on Solomon Slabaugh that had occurred just prior to his death and the accident turns into a murder investigation.
Police Chief Kate Burkholder suddenly finds her hands full with the murder investigation and a series of hate crimes against the Amish at the same time. The state sends in agent John Tomasetti, Kate’s boyfriend, to help in the investigation of the hate crimes and find out whether the Slabaugh murders are related to these crimes.
Breaking Silence is the third book in the Kate Burkholder Amish series. This is a fast paced book that will keep the reader engrossed waiting to see what will happen next. It is full of twists and turns and will leave the reader surprised at the ending. As the series continues the books just get better and better. I am looking forward to reading more in this series.