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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 beAmong 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....

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  • Carrie
    2018-09-04 19:49

    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.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.wordpress....

  • Amy
    2018-08-28 18:52

    Every once in awhile I have the pleasure of reading a book with a wholly unique premise that’s unlike anything I’ve read before and honestly, not much makes me happier! Splintered Silence was one of those rare books, it was original, exciting and extremely well written and had a lead duo that not only stole my heart, but left me dying to find out more!I have never heard of Irish Travellers before but from the moment I started this I was so fascinated. These “clans” are often compared to gypsies and there is an us versus them mentality between them and what they call settled folk. This lent to some amazing tension and there was a very strong sense of culture that was endlessly intriguing for me. Brynn’s family is part of the IT and she left at eighteen and joined the military. She really doesn’t fit in with her family or the settled folk, she feels like an outsider and only really trusts her faithful partner, Wilco. Their bond was amazing and heartbreaking as they both suffer from PTSD. Furlong did a fantastic job sharing information about PTSD in a respectful and educational way.The mystery itself has personal ties for Brynn and that’s always one of my favorite plot lines, I love when the protagonist is personally invested in a case. There was enough revealed about Brynn’s history to pique my interest but enough left open to carry the series further. The best way I can describe this is that it reminded me of a Nora Roberts book with and edge, it’s much darker and has way more depth but something about the cultural vibe and the writing was similar.

  • Sherri Thacker
    2018-09-20 20:42

    A quick read. I liked it ok. Not great. But ok

  • Shalini
    2018-09-15 22:46

    The story is written in the background of the clan of Irish Travellers who are thought to be gypsies and are looked upon by the local people. Many have settled in America for generations and are frequently discriminated against. I liked the fact that the author explains this in the foreword.Brynn returns back from the war along with her canine friend, Wilco to her grandmother's, when Wilco finds a dead woman. Brynn is torn between her clan and the other settled people till she finds out that the dead woman is her mother who was thought to be dead 29 years ago. The story progresses with another dead woman and ends till the murders are solved. The author, Susan Furlong, has taken a tough subject of PTSD and flashbacks, and both Brynn and Wilco suffer from it. It is heartbreaking to see both of them suffer through their episodes. There is something about the main character, Brynn that touches me and I somehow identify with her. A woman wounded with emotional scars, and in Brynn's case, physical ones too, trying to survive, coming back to the land of living, is so admirable. It speaks of great strength and fortitude. She has her flaws, she drinks too much and takes prescribed medication more than required. But she does allow her dented heart to shine and help the Sheriff Pusser to solve the murder. Brynn is caught between her police training in the Marines and the rules of her clan. There is always an inner dialogue. Faced with outwards discrimination by the other local people and inner condemn by her own clan people, Brynn has to maintain a balance throughout the story. Her inner turmoil jumps through the pages. Each character in this book, be it be the grandmother, the dead mother, the grandfather, Brynn's past love, they all have an excuse, an explanation for their actions. And none of them are in favor of Bryn. Everyone lies to her. I found all of them pretty selfish. I didn't like any of them. Things people do in the name of love... There are few niggles; sometimes I felt that Brynn's ruminations go on and on, for pages. I wanted more of the story. But this being the first book in the series, I think the author Susan wanted to create a background for her main character. My first book by author Susan Furlong, the reason this book attracted me is the blurb of Brynn and her best friend and partner, her cadaver dog, Wilco, who is loyal and loving. And both of them somehow, in the land of brash, lying characters just captured my heart.I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher, Kensington and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

  • Kathleen Gray
    2018-09-23 18:48

    Terrific! If you're looking for a dynamic, new and definitely unique heroine, Brynn is for you. Oh, and Wilco- don't forget Wilco, who is the best dog character I've read in a long time. Brynn has a lot of baggage, dating back to her childhood. She's a traveller, her mom left when she was an infant, and more. She joined the Marines after a traumatic event= and then did tours searching for human remains, until she was blown up by an IED. Now she's back at home and trying to cope but she funds a body, and then more bodies turn up. This is a well done mystery with some quite unexpected twists. Furlong does not go too much into the potential atmospherics of the region but that's ok because Brynn is so well drawn, as btw, are the other characters (most notably the Sheriff.). Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. I'm very much looking forward to spending more time with Brynn. Two thumbs up!

  • Cathy Geha
    2018-09-25 19:52

    Splintered Silence by Susan FurlongBone Gap Travelers #1Dark twisted and filled with tragedies and secrets this story is brilliant and a great beginning to the Bone Gap Travelers series! Brynn Callahan and Wilco, her Human Remains Detection (HRD) dog, are a team that depend on one another for just about everything. Both have been scarred by an IED and discharged from service. Brynn has found her PTSD difficult to deal with even with affectionate deaf Wilco at her side. She has opted, for one reason or another, to head back to Bone Gap, Tennessee to be with her grandmother in a conclave of Irish Travelers known as Pavee living on the outskirts of a town of the Settled. Brynn does not have fond memories of her time in Bone Gap. Pavee stay apart and are considered almost leprous by those not part of their clan. With prejudice, hatred, fear and bigotry faced almost every time Brynn steps into a group of non-Pavee it is not easy being home again. And, when Wilco finds a cadaver on one of their first walks and the police show up their lives become even more intense.This book deals with numerous issues and introduces a significant number of characters that need to be kept track of. What were some of the issues? * PTSD* Female military veterans* Scarring – physical and mental* Abuse* Rape* Death* Murder* Lies* Religion* Life living on the outskirts* Belonging and not belonging* Addiction* Loss* Suicide* Paternity* Abandonment* Betrayal* Profiling* And moreEvery issue is woven into the story seamlessly. The characters are completely formed though often damaged and carrying secrets. The story was one that I could not put down once begun. AND I came away wanting to know what will happen next. I felt for Brynn and Wilco. I cared about the supporting characters (the good ones). I hoped the bad guys would get their comeuppances. I felt this was a book that made me think and know that it will stay with me for quite some time. I am eager to read the next book in this series and thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for the ARC – This is my honest opinion. 5 Stars

  • Lisa Johnson
    2018-08-31 20:29

    Title: Splintered Silence (A Bone Gap Travelers Mystery #1)Author: Susan FurlongPages: 288Year: 2017Publisher: KensingtonMy rating 4 out of 5 stars.There are times when I am on social media and I see a book in an ad or some people are posting about it because it is a new author. When I saw this book cover, it intrigued me and the little synopsis I read online drew me to read the story. One of the aspects of the book that is exceptional is the author’s ability to write a very engaging mystery with a surprise ending.The second reason I liked the book was because it talked about a little-known group of people called Irish travelers. Doing a google search will show you more information about these unique people who live in America. Being of Irish descent myself, this was another thread that brought my interest in the story up another notch. How the author depicts these fascinating people is done very well, showing the tension between the “clan” and those known outside their clan and referred to as “settlers”.One of the main female characters is written with a hidden background and her service time in the Marines, various battles since returning to the U.S. and her 3-legged service dog. My hat is off to those who serve, and though this is a fictional character, I believe the battles she faces reflect what our vets face in various degrees.There is minimal use of foul language, but there is a part that kept me from giving this book a 5-star review. It is the short scene on pages 179-184. While it eventually reveals something horrible that happened in the character’s life, I believe the author could have highlighted the event without the sex scene. While the author doesn’t describe in detail what is occurring, it ruined the book for me. I had to put it down for a couple of days until I could finish the mystery without that scene being in the forefront of my mind.My hope is this richly talented author will forego anything even remotely like this in her next book. It’s a good mystery, rich in history, and very well written to reflect the reality of the society and broken world we live in. Authors can write good, engaging and moving tales without the use of sex and I encourage this author to do just that in her next novel.

  • Fred
    2018-09-21 18:29

    Splintered Silence is the first book in the Bone Gap Travellers Mystery series.Brynn Callahan is an Irish Traveller, some may call them gypsy's, and has recently returned from the Middle East where she served as an MP in the Marine Corps. While on duty she and her partner, Wilco, a cadaver searching dog, they were injured when an IED exploded. The story centers around Brynn’s dealing with PSTD and returning to her home where Irish Travellers are looked down on by the local, or as the Travellers refer to them the settled.In addition to dealing with her PSTD, she is also dealing with having been left with her grandparents by her mother when she was just a baby, an ailing grandfather who didn’t support her during a very traumatic moment in her teenage years and the local who feel she is another drunk Traveller.Kevin Doogan, who has the trailer next to Brynn’s grandparents, asks for Brynn and Wilco’s to help him search for his sister, Shelia, who is missing. Reluctantly, Byrnn agrees to help Doogan. She cautions Doogan to remain silent and stay out of Wilco’s vision so that Wilco can do what he was trained to do. After a couple of attempts, Wilco catches a scent and soon finds a body in a small crevice. Once the body is removed Doogan is sure it is his sister, but tests show that it is Byrnn’s mother who she was led to believe had died some time ago.Now that she has learned that her mother hasn’t been dead all these years, she wants to learn more about her mother’s life and she came to be killed so that she can obtain closure. In her search, she and Wilco, find another body, learns of a possible drug cartel that is working the area and having to learn to deal with the “settled” (those people that aren’t Travellers) and who want the travellers out of the community.I really enjoyed this book and the interesting and believable characters. The reader will get an informative look into what challenges some of the soldiers face dealing with PSTDHopefully, there will be more books about Brynn Callahan and how she able to deal with the personal problems she was facing in this book and to see if she will put her expertise as a Military Policeman to use in the Bone Gap community and if she does how the Travellers will accept it

  • Diane
    2018-09-21 22:26

    (Thank you NetGalley and the Publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book)Splintered Silence by author Susan Furlong is written with a focus on the Irish Travellers, the Bone Gap Travellers, who live in the backwoods of Tennessee. Brynn Callahan and her service dog Wilco served with the marines in the Middle East. They were injured in an IED explosion and sent home. Both Brynn and Wilco suffer from flashbacks and PTSD.Wilco is a trained cadaver dog and one morning sniffs out a terrible surprise for the residents of Bone Gap, he leads Brynn to a pit where a dead female is discovered.I won’t post spoilers, but this story has several layers of family secrets, old community prejudices, and very interesting cultural information about the lifestyles and beliefs of the clans of Irish Travellers or Pavees as they called themselves. Brynn is trying to live between two cultures in a modern world. Life has not been easy for Brynn and it is heartbreaking! Her mother ran away and left her with her grandparents when she was very young. Also according to tradition Brynn’s marriage to another member of the clan was contracted without her consent by her grandfather. The horrible things she suffered influenced her to run to the Marines as a way of escape.

  • Nina
    2018-09-03 16:25

    Brynn and her cadaver dog Wilco, both injured in an IED explosion head back home to her gipsy clan roots in the Appalachian Mountains and ugly memories, drug runners, rape and murder.Amazing characters and lots of action. The book just kept getting better and better. I never saw the end coming.This book is the first in a new series called Bone Gap Travellers Mystery.If you read just one book this year. Splintered Silence by Susan Furlong should be it.

  • Linda Zagon
    2018-09-20 14:24

    MY REVIEW OF “SPLINTERED SILENCE” BY SUSAN FURLONG“Splintered Silence” by Susan Furlong is a captivating and unique suspenseful mystery. The story takes place in Tennessee near the Appalachian Mountains in Bone Gap Tennessee, where the Irish Travellers, a clan of people who have special traditions and believe that “no one forgets and no one forgives” live. They live their own way and don’t trust outsiders.The towns people or “settled” people of McCreary tend to discriminate and call the “Travellers” , “Gypsies” and other names, even though the Travellers have lived there for years. There is a dysfunctional animosity from the townspeople towards the Travellers, and often there is discrimination.The author describes her characters as complicated and complex. There are secrets and betrayals, discrimination, and hatred. Brynn and her retired Military Canine Partner, Wilco, have returned home after an IED explosion injured both of them. Brynn is suffering from PTSD , and is having tremendous difficulty and anxiety adjusting to the two groups of people. She has been brought up by her grandparents who are Travellers, and had left to escape by joining the Marines.Wilco had been trained in the Military to discover dead bodies. There are several dead bodies that Wilco has discovered near home. The bodies belong to the Travellers, and law enforcement is blaming the Travellers. Also there is mysterious activity in the woods, which could be drug activity. Who is responsible for the deaths? Why is this happening? Can Brynn and Wilco help discover what is going on? Is there a way that the “Travellers” and “Towns people” can co-exist peacefully?I appreciate that the author has brought up such important issues as PTSD and getting help, Drug and Alcohol problems, discrimination and lack of tolerance, rape and physical and emotional abuse. Being an animal lover, one of my thoughts is should dogs and other pets be used during war, and how are they treated from the sounds and sights that they have seen? The author also discusses the importance of family, forgiveness, love and hope.I would highly recommend this intriguing and intense novel for readers that enjoy mystery and suspense. Happy Reading !

  • Darcia Helle
    2018-09-10 20:27

    Splintered Silence is a thoroughly unique and engaging story. I loved everything about it.Susan Furlong is a gifted writer. I knew next to nothing about Irish Travellers, yet in no time at all I was transported to a different culture in this place called Bone Gap. Within this place, I experienced the racism directed at the people, I understood their desire to wander, and I envied their bond. And, oh, the characters! They're all complex and unique. Brynn is a damaged heroine, and through her we experience PTSD in ways many authors could never fully convey. Nothing here is stereotypical. Brynn's struggle is unique and her story profound. The relationship she has with Wilco, her dog, is beautifully captured.The mystery/suspense is perfectly paced and kept me on edge throughout. I can't wait for the next book in this series!*The publisher provided me with a copy of this book, via Amazon Vine, in exchange for my honest review.*

  • Daniele
    2018-08-25 22:22

    4.5 starsSPLINTERED SILENCE is the compulsively readable first installment in the Bone Gap Travellers Mystery series by Susan Furlong. I have long been a fan of Furlong’s cozy mysteries, and this foray into a darker mystery did not disappoint. With a flawed protagonist, an insular culture that I did not know much about before reading about them here, and a compelling story, I was hooked from the first page.Brynn Callahan, a former marine MP, and her canine partner Wilco are adrift after being injured by an IED. Struggling to deal with her physical and emotional scars, Brynn finds herself back in her childhood bedroom at her grandparents’ home. Part of a gypsy community of Pavee Irish Travellers, she no longer finds that she fits in with her past but does not know what her future could possibly hold. When her trained cadaver dog finds a body in a nearby ravine, Brynn fights her instincts to not get involved, but when the victim’s identity is revealed, she finds her upside down world in further upheaval. In an effort to help her new neighbor locate his missing sister, Brynn becomes more and more entangled with the police, and this puts her more and more estranged with her community. With additional lives on the line, Brynn puts herself in danger to stop a killer.I really enjoyed SPLINTERED SILENCE. Furlong delves into a gypsy culture that I had only heard of in passing, and the “us vs. them” attitude between the Bone Gap Travellers and the local law enforcement and community gives the story a taught tension that kept me turning the pages and staying up well past my bedtime. The unexpected identity of the first murder victim (I won’t spoil it here) makes the story so personal for Brynn, and I could not help but feel invested in Brynn’s welfare. The mystery that unfolds is a multi-faceted, gritty tale full of surprises. When revealed, the perpetrator came as a complete surprise (in a good way). I look forward to spending more time with Brynn and Wilco. I highly recommend SPLINTERED SILENCE to any mystery reader looking for complex, well drawn characters and a solidly constructed murder mystery.I received an ARC of this title from the author and voluntarily shared my opinions here.

  • Lori Cimino
    2018-09-13 18:33

    OMG! This book hooked me from beginning to end. I could not put it down. I want the next one now

  • Sarah Dykes
    2018-09-01 20:31

    I am a huge fan of Susan Furlong's Georgia Peach cozy mystery series, so when I saw that she was writing a novel that featured a former Marine and her military working dog, I was ecstatic. Brynn and Wilco, her human remains detection dog, return to Bone Gap after being seriously injured and traumatized during deployment. Her home is far from happy - a member of the Irish Travellers, the clan's values tend to clash with those of the "settled" people, and tensions are running high both amongst the clan members and the neighbouring town. Wilco discovers a body in a rocky area behind the Irish Travellers' settlement, and Brynn is soon juggling the demands of the police, her family, neighbours, and friends, while dealing with PTSD and her past.The multiple issues brought up in this book, including prejudice, PTSD, addiction, and rape are seamlessly weaved together by Furlong, The character development is flawless, and the pacing and plotting of the mystery are perfect. Th relationship between Brynn and Wilco, as well as his training, are well researched and the most accurate portrayal of handing and working dog that I have read in a fiction book; I often shy away from books featuring working dogs as they are so inaccurate and often depicted as "cute". Furlong rises above this and does true justice to the bond between handler and working dog. Bravo! I could not put this book down and read it in 1.5 days, while my own Malinois was curled up in my legs (after he and I had completed morning training and a hike). I can't wait for the next novel featuring Brynn and Wilco.Thank you to Netgalley and Kensington Publishers for an advanced reading copy.

  • Stephen Terrell
    2018-09-19 14:22

    Susan Furlong has expertly crafted a wonderful mystery that propels the reader into an entirely new part of Americana that few know exists -- The Irish Travelers who live an isolated existence in the mountains of Appalachian Tennessee and other parts of the South. The Travelers really exist. They do, as their name implies, travel, following the seasons doing handiwork throughout the United States. They are a closed society, untrusting of the "settled" outside world. In their world, Susan Furlong finds a textured canvass against which to place her richly woven characters. Brynn Callahan is caught between the world of the Travelers and the settled world. She has returned scarred both inside and out from her experience in retrieving bodies in Iraq. Her only true companion is Wilco, her search dog who was left deaf and crippled from the same explosion that severely injured Brynn. When the body of a Traveler woman is found by Brynn and Wilco in the woods near the Traveler settlement of Bone Gap, it sets in motion a series of events that will tear at Brynn, her family and the entire Traveler community.This is a marvelous first book in what hopefully will be a long and successful series. MUST READ for any mystery fan.

  • Cheryl
    2018-09-03 22:32

    Brynn is a member of a traveling clan who escapes to join the Marines. An IED explosion ends her tour of duty and that of her dog. She has flashbacks and drinks too much so she goes back to live with the grandparents who raised her. Her dog finds a dead body that turns out to be the mother she had been told committed suicide years ago. While dealing with her own problems she tries to find out where her mother had been, what she was doing back in the area and who killed her. She is also trying to straddle the police world and the traveler world.

  • Patricia Gligor
    2018-08-29 20:28

    "Splintered Silence" by Susan Furlong is a fascinating story - a mystery that will keep you eagerly turning the pages until the end!

  • Viva
    2018-09-14 22:26

    Fantastic, best book I've read in a while. First of all, I love books with dogs so that's a plus already. Secondly this book was very well written and easy to follow. I got into the story right away.I love the background of the Irish Travellers. It's not something that I know a lot about but I found the setting very interesting. I also loved the characters, not too many to overwhelm the book, but just enough to make it interesting. The main character is Brynn, an ex-marine cadaver dog handler who goes back to her Traveller roots after being injured in an IED explosion and her dog Wilco. She has a supporting family cast. On the other side is the local Sheriff, a Settled (not a Traveller) a some townspeople. A body is discovered by chance by Wilco and the story goes from there. The backdrop which includes the animosity and the differences between the townspeople and the Travellers is a big part of the book. It's mostly told from Brynn's point of view and I developed a very sympathetic view of her people from the book. The book moves fast without a lot of extra verbiage and I finished it within 36 hours. So overall I liked the book because it was very easy to read, had an interesting backdrop, likeable characters, straightforward plot... and the dog! I will definitely follow the next in the series when it comes out!I got this as a free ARC.

  • Beth
    2018-09-22 18:23

    Excellent! Great read.

  • Brenda
    2018-08-28 16:35

    I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I am a big fan of Susan Furlong's Georgia Peach Mystery series and I was very interested to read Splintered Silence which promised to be different from her previous works. And different it is. The tension in this book is so thick you can cut it with a knife! Brynn and her dog Wilco, both suffering from PTSD, return to her family and the insular community of Irish Travellers she had tried to leave behind. Before they can settle in Wilco, a trained cadaver dog, discovers a body in the surrounding woods and Brynn is plunged into a deepening mystery that leaves her torn between her loyalty to her clan and her training as an MP. As she searches for the truth we witness the amazing bond between Brynn and Wilco, and the blind hate and prejudice directed at the Travellers by the townspeople. You'll find yourself rooting for Brynn, who is so vulnerable in spite of her toughness and so likable in spite of her faults, to find her place among two worlds that can't seem to accept her. I will be waiting impatiently for book #2 so I can find out what happens next!

  • Kathy Schouten
    2018-09-17 18:30

    3.5- there was a lot going on in this book. I enjoyed learning about Irish Travelers, had never known anything about them before. In addition to a different culture there was Brynn, a Marine with wounds and PTSD and her wounded dog, an absent mother, local murders, past lovers, a new Sheriff, grandparents and on and on. Pretty fast read.

  • ANNE
    2018-08-28 20:22

    A great new series! With it's twists and turns it kept me engaged the entire book. I hated to put it down!

  • Linda
    2018-08-26 15:25

    I usually prefer "cozier" mysteries, but I am certainly recommending SPLINTERED SILENCE by Susan Furlong. I read it in a day – staying up quite late because I wanted to know what happened to former Marine (military police) Brynn Callahan and her human remains detection dog, Wilco. Devoted to each other, they had spent three tours together in the Middle East, but are now recuperating after an IED explosion. Brynn brings Wilco to the Appalachians and Bone Gap, Tennessee, where her maternal grandparents raised her. Once again, she struggles with both prejudice against their Irish Travellers Clan and with the clan members’ distrust of outsiders (the "settled"), especially police. Furlong said, "Through my writing, I hope that readers will come to have a greater understanding and appreciation for the Irish Travellers' unique way of life." I do think she succeeded, but I am still curious to see if the prejudice against them is as blatant and strong as she portrayed. SPLINTERED SILENCE is a mystery involving multiple deaths from gunshot wounds. Spousal abuse, rape and drug trafficking are also involved, plus there is Brynn's and Wilco's efforts to cope with PTSD. That all makes for a rough, emotional read at times, but SPLINTERED SILENCE is a complex and intriguing story with appealing main characters. I am looking forward to more mysteries involving Wilco, Brynn, her family, and local law enforcement. Publishers Weekly sums it up well: "Readers will want to see more of the intrepid Brynn, who must face her personal demons as she tries to find her place in a hostile community." 4.5 stars

  • Abby Fabian
    2018-09-24 22:23

    Ms. Furlong has written one of the best suspense books that I have ever read. This book was full of all the twists and turns I desired, but it also had something more. It contained a fully developed story that was teeming with diverse characters and a strong back bone. The Irish Traveller theme was one that I believe is mostly untouched by other authors, and it was amazingly done. I believe the author had a very deep understanding of the culture, and by the end of the book, I did as well. Brynn is going through a lot. She is relatively fresh out of the war. She is not only healing from her physical wounds, but she is also healing, or rather grappling, with her mental and emotional wounds. Luckily, she has her furry partner Wilco. They have to lean on each other many times throughout the book. I loved their relationship. When they find a body that seems to be related to her and her community, she gets involved. While trying to find the truth, Brynn must also deal with her personal problems which include her ailing grandfather and her flashbacks. The Travellers face a lot of predjudice from the settlers. This causes problems for them throughout the whole book. I thought that this was a sad but realistic reflection of how they would be treated. It added a nice layer of realism to the book. Throughout the book, Brynn has many interactions with her neighbor, Doogan. I hope we see a lot more of Doogan. He adds a lot of flavor to the books and to Brynn. We also see Brynn's relationship with her Nan evolve throughout this book. I believe it will continue to do so in the next book as well. There were many pieces of the mystery that were interconnected; at the end, they were so flawlessly explained that I was able to walk away with a complete understanding of what had happened. By the the end of the book, Brynn has a deeper understanding of who she is, but she still has a lot of healing to do. I am sure that her search for more answers in the next book will aide her in that endeavor. If you like reading killer suspense with a slightly out of the box setting, then this is defintely the series for you.I received a free copy of this book. I am voluntarily leaving a review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

  • Edward
    2018-09-24 22:42

    I received an early copy of this book for a review from the publisher. The character development was strong and I really enjoyed the premise and learning about Irish Travellers. The story also had an awesome dog that was an added bonus. Wasn't sure what to expect, but I was hooked on the story in the first chapter. I'm looking forward to reading this series.

  • Catherine Winslow
    2018-09-04 17:36

    Susan Furlong offered this book for a review and I gladly accepted her offer. Before this book, I have never read a book by Susan Furlong. I was also unsure if I would like it only because I wasn't sure I would like reading about Irish Travelers. After receiving the book in the mail, I read how she developed this idea - from personal experience with Irish Travellers. I started the book and was pleasantly surprised that I loved what I read within 20 pages. I love the pairing of a female ex-military and her dog. While PTSD can be a sad topic to read about, it was nicely blended into the story of her troubles, prejudice of the settled people and the Pavees, and what she has to offer to make her and Wilco feel valued and just maybe her ability to work with the settlers. I do hope there is a book 2 and I will read her other series. Love Susan Furlong's style of writing. Effortless flows and before I knew it, I had read 50 pages and, I might add, did not read another book at the same time (bad habit of mine - too many good books). Character development was excellent. Thank you Ms. Furlong for this opportunity!

  • Judith
    2018-09-25 15:34

    I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Splintered Silence, the first book in the new Bone Gap Travellers series is an excited and thrilling read. The book's central character, Former Marine , Brynn Callahan and her HRD dog, Wilco return from duty in the Middle East after an IED explosion. Brynn suffers from PTSD and that is not the only thing this fantastic character has been through in her life. She is from a family of gypsies, Irish Travellers known as Pavee who are extremely isolated and have nothing to do with those outside their clan. this group live in the back woods of Bone Gap,Tennessee. Byrnn was raised by her grandmother and chooses to return to the clan after returning from duty, despite many horrors she suffered growing up among them and the resaon she leaves an d joins the Marines.I don't want to give to much away, so lets just say there is much woven into the fabric of this novel. All the characters have secretes and many of them are flawed. Add in Wilco finding a body, he is a cadaver dog and you have a great mystery with many layers. Brynn is an amazing character and her dog Wilco is a very cool canine. I really enjoyed Splintered Silence and look forward to the next book in the Bone Gap Traveller series and another adventure with Brynn and Wilco.

  • Kathleen
    2018-09-09 18:29

    I received an ARC from Netgalley and Kensington publishing. I thank them for allowing me to read and review this book. These are my own opinions.I am a big fan of Susan Furlong's Georgia Peach Mystery series and I was very interested to read Splintered Silence which is not a cozy. The tension in this book is thick. Brynn and her dog Wilco (short for Will comply) are suffereing from Post Tramatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Their PSTD is a result of an IED explosion in the middle east. Brynn served three tours in the middle east as a dog handler/marine cop. Brynn has returned to her home in the Appalachian Mountains. Wilco, a trained cadaver dog, discovers a body in the surrounding woods and Brynn is plunged into a deepening mystery that leaves her torn between her loyalty to her clan and her training as a MP. As she searches for the truth, we witness the uncompromising bond between Brynn and Wilco. We also see the blind hate and prejudice directed at the Travellers by the townspeople. I was impressed by the story delving into PTSD and showing what is like for one person. Having had friends who suffer from this, I know it’s not the same for all. Even Wilco suffers from it.It will be interesting to see if Brynn can get the help she needs and can accept that help. I believe she is on the brink of accepting she needs to do something different with her life or her past and the IED explosion or she will be consumed by it.Looking forward to Wilco & Brynn’s next chapter.

  • Justin Lambe
    2018-09-12 20:41

    Wow, what an incredible novel to start off A Bone Gap Travellers Mystery series! Furlong has penned a wonderful story and a great start to the series and introduces Irish Travellers to her readers. While reading, I especially liked Brynn and Wilco the dog. I want to pet him right this very instant!Furlong couldn’t have picked any better place than Bone Gap, Tennessee for this series. When Brynn arrives, everything appears to be good until something unexpected is discovered. This novel is definitely a page-turner and will leave you wondering what’s gonna happen next. Once you start reading, you won’t put it down til you’ve read the last chapter. As you read through the story, you’ll see the great thought that Furlong has put into each of her characters, and weaves them into the story so perfectly. If you haven’t yet read this book yet, I recommend picking up a copy today. You won’t regret it. I look forward to reading the next book in A Bone Gap Travellers Mystery series. I want to know more about those Irish Travellers!