Review – Splintered Silence by Susan Furlong

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Synopsis:
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.

My Review:
4 out of 5 stars

I wasn’t sure what to expect when going into this book, but I’m really glad I read this story! This book was so unique and unlike anything else that I’ve ever read. I had never heard of the Irish Travellers before reading this book. I enjoyed learning about them and their culture. It was really interesting to read about and added a special element to the story being told.

You can’t help but feel for Brynn. She has been through so much, it’s no wonder that she has PTSD and is having trouble coping with everything. She had to endure some hard truths and went through some really painful, traumatic situations. This book deals with some heavy topics but the author handled them very well. I like that Brynn was able to bring Wilco with her. Wilco was absolutely amazing and I enjoyed reading about him as well. Brynn and Wilco were each other’s rock and I’m so glad that they were able to be that for each other.

The mystery in this book was very well done. It starts right from the beginning and holds onto you until the end of the book. People are not always what they seem to be. Loyalties were tested, tensions were high, relationships were strained. It created a lot of suspense in the story and kept me engaged. There were twists and turns that I was not expecting. My mouth dropped open in shock a couple times. I was on the edge of my seat throughout the book, wondering how everything was going to turn out.

So, although some of the themes in this book were difficult to read about, this was a great book and I’m stoked to see that there will be another book coming out in this series later on. I’ll definitely keep me eye out for that one! I’d love to see where Brynn’s story takes her next.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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