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 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.
Praise for Splintered Silence
“Brynn Callahan and her war-injured dog are characters readers will root for in a world where blood and kinship are as dark and tangled as the mountain hollows she calls home.”
—Suzanne Chazin, author of the Jimmy Vega series
“Splintered Silence is a great read. Furlong easily immerses the reader in a world unfamiliar to most. This book has it all; action, romance, and a wonderful dog named Wilco.”
—David Putnam, author of The Bruno Johnson series
“Splintered Silence is a marvelous suspense novel. Heart-felt and pulse-pounding, this is one you don’t want to miss.”
—Harry Hunsicker, author of The Devil’s Country
“Susan Furlong’s steel-tough, authentic storytelling promises suspense and truth at the end of each sentence, and delivers on both counts with a punch. Highly recommended.”
—Larry D. Sweazy, author of Where I Can See You
“Furlong’s beautiful prose combined with an engrossing mystery make this a terrific read.”
—Christine Carbo, author of The Weight of Night
“Readers will be drawn into the well-crafted world of a secretive clan living in the shadows of dense Appalachian forests.”
—Sara Driscoll, author of Lone Wolf
"Furlong spins a mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the adrenalized ending, and you’ll fall in love with Wilco, one of the most compelling dogs to ever appear in fiction.”
—K.J. Howe, author of The Freedom Broker