Kate Burkholder is the chief of police in Painters Mill, Ohio. After leaving her Amish upbringing behind her at 18, she's now come back to her hometown. When a woman is found brutally murdered on a local farm, Kate's past comes rushing back. When she was a teen, a killer was loose, raping and murdering young women. Kate believed that she had secretly killed him all those years ago, with her father and brother burying him. Now she's not so sure, since the current killer's m.o. is very similar to the one sixteen years ago. Soon, the small town's leaders are panicking and call in outside help to find the murderer. Will Kate be able to sort out the past in order to prevent more deaths? Sworn to Silence is a page turner with an interesting setting, some insight into Amish culture, and a main character that you want to spend more time with. The book is similar to Sallie Bissell's In the Forest of Harm.