Skip to main content

Splintered Silence (A Bone Gap Travelers Mystery #1)


Title:  Splintered Silence (A Bone Gap Travelers Mystery #1)

Author:  Susan Furlong

Pages:  288

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Kensington

My 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.
Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

The Tide of Times (The Blake Meyer Series #3)

Title:The Tide of Times (The Blake Meyer Series #3)
Author: C. Kevin Thompson
Pages: 318
Year: 2017
Publisher: Create Space Publishing
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
On a quest to locate his wife and children, Blake Meyer is running on fumes and not sure who he can trust.In this installment, the multitude of threats and dangers ramps up with internal trouble at the FBI, Blake’s family situation and his foes are constantly on his tail.Blake is trying to remain one step ahead of his foe, though the way the author has penned his story it keeps readers guessing just exactly who these foes are.
The tale begins in book one, 30 Days Hath Revenge and continues in book two titled, Triple Time.Here is a spell-binding series that keeps an audience wanting more and highly anticipating the next book in what is to eventually be a five-book series.C. Kevin Thompson writes with believable characters, an intricate plot and heart-pounding, intense action and thrills!
Each book begins where the former book leaves …

Lily of the Manor

Title:Lily of the Manor
Author:Anita Stansfield
Pages:272
Year:2017
Publisher: Covenant Communications
My rating is 4 stars out of 5.
Lily Broadbent is a wealthy widow who has adopted 11 orphan children.She would pray before entering an orphanage as to whom she should adopt and leave the rest to God.She needs of a tutor for her brood and Frederick Woodstone needs a tutoring position.He journeys to Broadbent Manor, hoping to get the job and to start immediately so he doesn’t have to pay another night’s rent at the local inn as his funds are rapidly dwindling.He meets Lily and is struck by her very different appearance.She puts him at ease and lets him know she is used to getting looked at.He and she strike up an instant rapport and he is hired on the spot.He begins the next day with Lily observing his methods of teaching as well as discipline for her children.She is most impressed with how Frederick interacts with and encourages her children.
As the story progresses, Lily and Frederick spend …

Innocent Lies (Hidden Truth #4)

Title:Innocent Lies (Hidden Truth #4)
Author: Robin Patchen
Pages: 346
Year: 2018
Publisher: Create Space
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
This whole series is so worth reading! They excel at suspense and grabbing the heart of the reader, pulling them into the plethora of happenings in the book. The series has a total of four books that can be read as stand-alone stories though I found reading them in order helped enhance my understanding of the plot and characters.
The titles in order are: Convenient Lies, Twisted Lies followed by Generous Lies, which comes before this final novel I am sharing my thoughts on today.Robin weaves such a well-crafted plot that brings the reader into the story from the first page, and then keep turning the pages with all the twists and turns in the plot.I felt like I was right there observing what was happening around me even though I was reading the book.
Time flew by quickly and I was unaware of what was going on around me because I was lost in the pages!Right th…