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    Murder Myste

    Splintered Silence by Susan Furlong Bone Gap Travelers #1 Dark 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 more Every 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
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    Splintered Silence

    I read for entertainment, to keep busy, and to keep my mind active. I prefer thrillers and mysteries, and I love any book that focuses on a dog. This book is well written, and the mystery is kept well hidden, but what I found disconcerting were the overwhelming accounts of bullying, bigotry, and, hate against a group of people. As a straightforward account of what certain groups of people endure from others who look down upon them just because of their heritage, it is informative and made me angry; maybe this is what Ms Furlong intended to do. But there was too much of this hateful attitude to make the book a mystery. I found the PSTD, both in the main character and the dog, overwhelming and heartbreaking. I think this is the first book in a series focussing on Brynn and Wilco and I look forward to reading more books in this series, just please leave out the angst and distressing periods of despair. I get too much of that attitude in my life now, I don't want to read more.
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    Brynn is a gypsy or Traveller who spent her childhood being bullied and looked down on because of her way of life. She was raised by her grandparents because her mother was absent and her father was unknown. Luck does not follow Brynn. She enlisted in the Marine Corp after high school only to be wounded in action. One shining star in her life is her canine cadavor retriever Wilco. Wilco lives for praise from Brynn when he sniffs out dead bodies. Unfortunately Wilco was also a victim of the IED like Brynn which left him with only three legs and deaf. PTSD causes Brynn to return to Bone Gap where she suffers from addiction, unemployment, and depression. Bodies are uncovered by Wilco and the local police seek Brynn's help in the investigation. Wonder where this story will go; lots of action is told in Splintered Silence. "A copy of this book was provided by Kensington Books via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."
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