Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo

From Book Trigger Warnings
Sworn to Silence
Cover of Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo
Author(s) Linda Castillo
Published January 1st, 2009
Genre(s) Mystery
Age group Adult

Sworn to Silece by Linda Castillo is an adult mystery/thriller novel, originally published on January 1, 2009. It is the first book in the Kate Burkholder series.

Trigger Warnings

  • Abduction
  • Autopsy descriptions (graphic)
  • Bigotry
  • Bindings (used in torture and to prevent escape)
  • Child abuse (including sexual abuse)
  • Child murder
  • Descriptions of various crimes (usually graphically described)
  • Desecrating and exhuming of a corpse
  • Domestic assault (mentioned)
  • Electrocution (for torture)
  • Emesis
  • Ex-Amish sentiments (alluded to)
  • Exsanguination
  • Fatphobia
  • Foreign object rape
  • Graphic descriptions of crime scenes
  • Home invasion (mentioned)
  • Immolation
  • Kidnapping
  • Killer's POV (one chapter, graphic)
  • Murders
  • Mutilation (Ante- & Post-Morteum, detailed and graphic)
  • Past trauma
  • Police brutality
  • Racism
  • Rape (graphic descriptions told through autopsy about victim)
  • Serial killer
  • Sexism
  • Slurs
  • Stigma against those with mental illnesses (depression, PTSD, etc.)
  • Torture
  • Victim blaming


  1. Sworn to Silence
  2. Pray for Silence


An asterisk (*) indicates that the author openly identifies with that identity.

  • Ex-Amish Female
  • African American law officer & Ex-Marine Male
  • Amish characters