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Peek Inside Vow of Silence

The last thing Homicide Detective Josiah Troyer wants is to return to his Amish roots. But a madman is killing young girls. Unfortunately, going home means dealing with his past and the woman he left behind.

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A killer is hiding in plain sight…

The last thing Homicide Detective Josiah Troyer wants is to return to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and his Amish roots. But a madman is killing young girls and Josiah's expertise with the tight-knit community is very much needed by the FBI. Unfortunately, going home means dealing with his past and the woman he left behind.

Hannah is desperately trying to rebuild her life after the death of her Amish husband, and now, the murder of her sister. Protecting her young son from the violence is her only goal––and then she runs into the last man she expected to see, her ex Josiah. He left her eight years ago to work with the Englishers and forgiving him hasn't been easy.

But the killer has Hannah in his crosshairs, and she and Josiah will have to work together if she's going to survive.


“Figuring out who did it was so fun. The author did a great job of bringing in a lot of strange or creepy or mysterious characters who could be the killer and did a fantastic job of building to the truth and keeping it hidden for a long enough time. This was a fantastic read” -Michaela P., Goodreads

Melynda Price knows how to write mystery/thriller romance that takes place in the Amish community and not many can say that; this woman has done her job and done it right!” -Marianne H., Goodreads

Vow of Silence had the perfect balance of thriller/suspense and romance, with fast-paced storytelling.” -E-Reader Addict

Vow of Silence is a terrific romantic suspense.  Great plot that kept me on the edge of my seat!” -Marcia S., NetGalley

“This book grabbed my attention from the very first page until the very end.  I only put it down long enough to grab some sleep before going back to it.  Just when I thought I had things figured out, I discovered that I was wrong and had to change course.  This book was definitely a page turner and I loved every minute of it- full of lots of drama, surprises, love, forgiveness and redemption.” -Donise C., Goodreads

“This is an intriguing, dramatic story with well-developed characters and plenty of possible perpetrators to keep you guessing. The plot is full of twists, turns - and red herrings to misdirect you. The romance between Josiah and Hannah was, for me, unexpectedly steamy - definitely not what I'd anticipated from an Amish romance!” -Splashes Into Books

“Thought I had it figured out. But I was wrong. Lots of twists and turns before the surprise ending!” -Becky S., NetGalley

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640637986
Release Date: May 27, 2019
Page Count: 359
Imprint: amara next
Genre: mystery & suspense
Tropes: overcoming odds, reunited lovers, second chance

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By Jessica's June 06, 2019

5 Edge Of My Seat Stars

I love Melynda Price's work. I fell in love with her Against the Cage series, and have read every book from her that I could get my hands on. So when I seen Vow Of Silence on Netgalley, I was really curious. I was use to her sexy, bad-ass MMA fighter romances, so I didn't ...more

By Leigh February 21, 2020

Vow of Silence was my first book by Melynda Price but definitely not my last. Detective Joe Troyer is approached by the FBI and is tasked with finding out who is killing young Amish woman. The reason the FBI chose Joe was because he is actually Josiah Troyer the son of a Deacon who was shunned from ...more

By Crack A Book Cafe February 02, 2020

Young Amish girls are showing up dead. A serial killer is on the loose, and to catch the killer, a homicide detective must face his past and the love he thought he’d never see again.

Homicide Detective Josiah (Joe) left his Amish roots behind to carve himself a new path in the outside world. But it c ...more

By Kahea May 26, 2019

***4 Stars***

I’ve enjoyed this authors works, which ranged from being about MMA fighters to a Surf god, so when I saw that she was putting out a book set in the Amish world, a world which fascinates me on all levels, I was all in and I have to say that I loved every second of it. Everything from ...more

By Betül March 27, 2019

**ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review**


Vow of Silence is a suspenseful second-chance romance. This book is about Homicide Detective Josiah (Joe) and his first and only love Hannah. Joe has Amish roots but left the community eight years ago, which also resulted in breaking Hann ...more

By Kelsie May 22, 2019

Vow of Silence
Melynda Price

Vow of Silence is a romantic mystery from author, Melynda Price.

Detective Josiah “Joe” Troyer was raised Amish but was shunned by the community when he left to live in English “non-Amish” society. He’s forced into heading the investigation of the murders of three Amish te ...more

By Elaine May 21, 2019

This is a romantic suspense with plenty of differences! For a start it is a second chance romance between an Amish couple who were sweethearts eight years ago but haven't seen each other since he left. However, don't assume that because it involves members of the Amish community it will be a very Ch ...more

By Maureen May 16, 2019

I saw that this was an Amish story, and that intrigued me, but be aware this is not a Christian story, this one would get an “R” rating.
This story is written similar to another author that has several books in the nature, and they also are not warm cuddly reads.
This one is the killing of young Amish ...more

By Michelle May 31, 2019

Emma is around 17 years old, and her boyfriend joe is around 18 when Joe sought permission from Emma's father for her hand in marriage. Her father denied him, and Joe broke up with her, and he became English, because he didn't want her to be shunned by refusing to marry the man her father chose for ...more

By E-Reader Addict May 06, 2019

I love a good second-chance love story. Add to that a good ole’ fashioned whodunit that kept me guess the whole book through, and you’ve got storytelling gold!

Joe Troyer fled his Pennsylvania Amish roots and became a homicide detective in St. Paul, Minnesota. Eight years later, a serial murderer has ...more

By Heather June 24, 2019

If you're looking for a clean, wholesome Amish romance book - this is not the book for you!

I read all sorts of romance books, so I was not turned off by the sex scenes (and there were many) in this Amish romance book, but I could see how some could be. Hence my warning.

This book was amazing! First o ...more

By Leanna May 28, 2019

A gripping suspense novel, with equal measures of romance, passion and the mystery of unsolved murders of young Amish girls. Joe Traynor returns to his roots that he left several years prior, before becoming a successful homicide detective. Now he returns to investigate the murders and face an emoti ...more

By Donna August 09, 2019

Let me start by admitting that this is the first novel I've read by Melynda Price, but it certainly won't be the last. Netgalley listed Vow of Silence as a mystery/thriller/romantic suspense novel and it certainly is exactly as described--it's one heck of a good mystery/thriller, loaded with suspens ...more

By Erin May 30, 2019

The last place homicide Detective Joe (Josiah) Troyer wants to go is back home to Lancaster, PA. He casted aside his Amish roots eight years previously and is now a detective in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Joe left behind his Amish roots for a new life, leaving behind his one and only true love Hannah Beile ...more

By Marianne April 30, 2019

I'm a fan of Melynda Price's writing and have been patiently waiting for her next release. I've never really dabbed my fingers in the thriller/mystery genre in romance but I'm glad I did. Vow of Silence was 100% thriller/mystery with a touch of romance that wasn't overwhelming, as in the sex scenes ...more

By Micheala April 16, 2019

I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley

After reading Colleen Hoover’s Verity, I realized how much I enjoyed the thriller/mystery genre. Problem is, so many are contemporary thrillers and I have to have a good amount of romance in there. When I stumbled upon this one, I was so excited because ...more

By JoAnne June 02, 2019

Vow of Silence kept my interest from the first page of the prologue to the last page of the epilogue. I was fully engaged in the story but I would have liked the epilogue to be a little longer to give me the closure I wanted.

Vow of Silence is a murder mystery where young Amish women are being killed ...more

By Teresa May 10, 2019

This was my first book by Melynda Price and to me she knocked it out of the park. This book was filled with mystery and romance. It is a bit different from most books I have read including the Amish.

Eight years ago Detective Josiah "Joe" Troyer left his family and the Amish community where he was r ...more

By Jessica May 28, 2019

Vow of Silence is a romantic suspense that has a lot of depth, mystery, suspense, and a romance I actually liked reading about. This isn't always the case with romantic suspense for me, and I'm really impressed with Melynda Price's work!

Part of what made me want to read this was the setting of this ...more

By Becky May 30, 2019

Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 5/30/19.

Vow of Silence is a riveting mystery and satisfying romance. A serial killer is hunting young girls in Amish country, and finding a connection between the girls is proving a challenge. Shunned Amish and current police detective/cadaver dog handler Joe ...more

By Gina April 05, 2019

Homicide Detective Josiah "Joe" Troyer gets a visit from the Feds. They want his help on their case and feel that he can get witnesses to talk to him. His acceptance would mean returning to the one place he said he would never return, Lancaster County and his Amish roots. It also means returning to ...more

By Sharon May 27, 2019

Homicide Detective Josiah (Joe) Troyer, former Amish, is asked to return to his home town to investigate the serial killings of young Amish girls. Joe is now a homicide detective in Minnesota, having left his home and the woman he loved in Lancaster, Pennsylvania eight years ago. He was in love with ...more

By MaryAnn May 16, 2019

Vow of Silence is the first book I've read by this author and it's one I really enjoyed. I typically don't pick up Amish stories, not for any particular reason, I just haven't. This one made me glad I chose it.

This is pretty close to equal parts a second-chance romance and a thriller. The main chara ...more

By Jessica June 04, 2019

Police detective Joe Troyer, a.k.a Josiah Troyer, left his Amish roots eight years ago to avoid shunning and hurt to his first and only love, Hannah, but left her with heartbreak instead. Now, the FBI has come to him for his assistance in catching a serial killer targeting young Amish girls in Lanca ...more

By Charlotte June 08, 2019

Creepy.....disturbing......and brilliant. 

Vow of Silence brings you into the world of murder, a shaken Amish community and broken hearts. 

I felt uncomfortable from the first page, the murderer lies in wait for his victim.....he knew where she was, that she had 'sinned' and he's obviously disturbed. ...more

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Melynda Price

About the author

Melynda Price

Melynda Price is a bestselling and award-winning author of contemporary romance. Her books have finaled in many prestigious awards such as the RONE, USA Today BBA, Golden Quill, National Readers’ Choice, and New England Readers’ Choice. Fighting for Control won the 2017 Write Touch award. What Price enjoys most about writing is the chance to make her readers fall in love, over and over again. Her greatest enjoyment is making the unbelievable believable, while taking her characters to the limit with stories full of passion and unique twists and turns. Salting stories with undertones of history whenever possible, Price adds immeasurable depth to her well-crafted books. She currently lives in Northern Minnesota with her husband and two children where she has plenty of snow-filled days to curl up in front of the fireplace with her Chihuahua and a hot cup of coffee to write.

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