Title: Splintered Silence
Author: Susan Furlong
Publication Date: December 26, 2017
Page Count: 288
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
Among the Irish Travellers living in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee, no one forgets and no one forgives. And as former Marine MP Brynn Callahan finds out when she returns home, it’s hard to bury the past when bodies keep turning up…
After an IED explosion abruptly ends her tour of duty, Brynn arrives stateside with PTSD and her canine partner Wilco—both of them bearing the scars of battle. With a mix of affection, curiosity, and misgivings, she goes back to Bone Gap, Tennessee, and the insular culture she’d hoped to escape by enlisting in the Marine Corps.
Marginalized and wary of outsiders, the Irish Travellers keep to themselves in a secluded mountain community, maintaining an uneasy coexistence with the “settled” townspeople of McCreary. When Wilco’s training as a cadaver dog leads Brynn to discover a body in the woods, the two worlds collide. Soon it’s clear that and Brynn and Wilco are in danger – and they’re not the only ones.
After the police identify the dead woman, Brynn is shocked to learn she has a personal connection—and everything she’s been told about her past is called into question.
Forming a reluctant alliance with local sheriff Frank Pusser, Brynn must dig up secrets that not only will rattle her close-knit clan to its core, but may forever change her perception of who she is…and put her back in the line of fire.
Splintered Silence by Susan Furlong is the first book in the new suspense Bone Gap Travellers series. The series is set around a group of Irish Travellers that have settled in Bone Gap, Tennessee in the Appalachian Mountains. After events in her past Brynn Callahan left the group to join the Marines but now after an IED explosion has left her injured she’s returned with her cadaver dog, Wilco.
The story has a lot going on to pull a reader into it as Brynn has returned with her own scars and a case of PTSD so you can’t help but feel for her. Brynn’s dog Wilco has also suffered his battle wounds and is now deaf so when he gets away from Brynn she has to give chase but little does she know he had gone into work mode and leads her straight to a body in the woods.
As the police are called in Brynn finds herself in the middle of the divide between the travellers and those they consider outsiders. Brynn being ex-military gets involved in helping investigate the murder but also finds herself with very close ties to the victim. As events unfold it becomes clear it may not be the only murder that’s taken place in Bone Gap either.
In my opinion I think the author did a wonderful job of taking on the setting of this group of Irish Travellers in the mountains. With every page there was tension set with anticipation as the story went deeper into the murder mystery and the world it was set in. With Brynn also being a flawed character with her own problems to dig into as the story went along it became quite the compelling read.
I’m also a sucker for any story with a canine that becomes a big part of the book and Wilco did not disappoint at all. He was the one thing that Brynn could cling to as she untangled the mystery in her past and the present in the book. In the end I found this one a great start to this new series and would definitely be interested in what happens with Brynn and the travellers in the next edition.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Susan Furlong the author of the Georgia Peach Mystery series and the forthcoming dark suspense novel, SPLINTERED SILENCE, the first book of Bone Gap Travellers Mysteries. She also contributes to the New York Times bestselling Novel Idea Mysteries under the pen name Lucy Arlington. Susan has worked as a freelance writer, academic writer, ghost writer, translator, high-school language arts teacher, and martial arts instructor. Raised in North Dakota, she graduated from Montana State University with a double major in French and Spanish. She and her family live in central Illinois. Visit her on Facebook or at www.susanfurlong.com.