Pray for Silence by Linda Castillo

From Book Trigger Warnings
Pray for Silence (Kate Burkholder #2)
Cover of Pray for Silence by Linda Castillo
Author(s) Linda Castillo
Published June 22, 2010
Publisher Minotaur Books
Genre(s) Mystery
Age group Adult

Pray for Silence by Linda Castillo is an adult mystery/thriller novel, originally published on June 22, 2010. It is the second book in the Kate Burkholder series.

Trigger Warnings

  • Autopsy descriptions (graphic)
  • Abuse (verbal)
  • Abuse (physical, thought of)
  • Beating
  • Bindings (used in torture and to prevent escape)
  • Burning used for torture
  • Cannibalism
  • Child abuse
  • Child death
  • Child sexual abuse/Video pornography (detailed, graphic Chap. 19 and up)
  • Child pregnancy (15 years old)
  • Covering for a cop
  • Death by asphyxiations
  • Death by gun shot
  • Death by stabbing
  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Drug dealers
  • Drug use (mentioned)
  • Drugging a minor
  • Exsanguination
  • Family annihilation
  • Fatphobia
  • Graphic descriptions of crime scenes
  • Hate crimes
  • Homophobia
  • Mass murder
  • Pedophilia
  • Police brutality
  • Porn description (detailed, graphic)
  • Pornographic images of a minor (discussed)
  • Rape
  • Removal of organs from victim of crime
  • Sexism
  • Sex toys used for beating and rape
  • Snuff film (conjectured)
  • Statutory rape (talked about and on video, graphically detailed chap. 19 and up)
  • Stigma against those with mental illnesses
  • Suicidal ideology
  • Torture
  • Toxic intimate relationships
  • Victim blaming


  1. Sworn to Silence
  2. Pray for Silence


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

  • Chief of police female
  • Ex-Amish female
  • African American law officer & Ex-Marine male
  • Amish characters
  • Gay Ex-Amish male