Splintered Silence by Susan Furlong is the first book in the NEW “Bone Gap Travellers” suspense series. Publisher: Kensington, coming December 26, 2017
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.
This action-packed and fast paced drama packs heat that kept me reading all through the night. This intensifying mystery takes it up a notch when Wilco finds a body and I’m pulled into the frenzy that follows and it really hits that fan when that fateful moment from Brynn’s past comes knocking at her door. The author does a great job with the narrative that explodes off the page as Brynn searches for answers in a place where her life is splintered between two communities and secrets someone wants to remain hidden. This riveting tale held me captive with all that was happening and that ending. . . I can’t wait to read the next book in this engagingly gripping series.
FTC Full Disclosure – I received an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) from the author.