Review: Splintered Silence by Susan Furlong

Splintered Silence by Susan FurlongSplintered Silence by Susan Furlong

Series: Bone Gap Travellers #1

Genre: Mystery

Setting: Tennessee

Source: Ebook, purchased

Publishing Date: 2017

288 pages

Synopsis: 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.

My thoughts

A good book to read for the last book of 2018! Splintered Silence has lots of favorites for me: a good mystery, a military veteran, a former military dog and a group of people I’d never heard of or read about before–a Irish Travellers.

Brynn Callahan is a former Marine MP who along with her canine partner Wilco was badly injured by an IED explosion. Both are suffering from PTSD. They are each other’s best friend and they help each other when the nightmares become too much. Brynn has come back to Bone Gap, Tennessee where her grandparents raised her. She is part of the Irish Travellers, but she left and joined the Marines after she refused the marriage her grandfather arranged for her. Since leaving the Marines she hasn’t been able to hold a job due to her PTSD. She’s drinking too much and sometimes using pain pills to escape. She comes back to Bone Gap, a place where she hopes she can find some forgiveness and peace.

Wilco is a cadaver dog and soon after they return he finds a body in the woods near Bone Gap. This brings renewed attention to the Travellers from law enforcement and the people of the nearby town. There’s mutual distrust between the Travellers and the “settled” townspeople and that grows as the investigation continues and more mysteries emerge.

Brynn is viewed suspiciously by many of both the Travellers and the “settled.” Even her grandmother whom she loves dearly is suspicious of her talking to law enforcement since Travellers seldom will talk to government officials. Past grievances and secrets threaten to tear them apart. Brynn’s drinking and PTSD don’t help either.

I really enjoyed this book and am so happy to see that the second book in the series was published in December 2018. (That’s how I discovered this series.) A really good first book in this series.

My Rating: B+

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Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

4 thoughts on “Review: Splintered Silence by Susan Furlong”

  1. I read this one based solely on you mentioning the author back a couple of months ago. I really liked it. When I first started it I was a bit confused and wondered if it was a cozy based on the MC interaction with her mother and the trailer park setting. Then I realized it had some depth to it and a mystery I wanted to solve. Thanks for introducing me to an unusual setting/plot/MCs– the Irish-descent travellers. I read a story so long ago based on a similar group of people, but set in Ireland. It was a contemporary detective book but the name absolutely deserts me.

    So many times I find a new-to-me author or series through your blog, so thanks!


  2. Great review! This sounds so interesting. I have not heard of the Travellers, wondering now if their grouping is religious or more like prepper survivalists or just a cult of sorts. Brynn sounds like a realistic, flawed heroine which often makes a great story. Plus dog!


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