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I know a magic lamp, rub it and… You would think a genie would appear, wouldn’t you? But nahh… this lamp is different; it pulls you in.
Susan Furlong’s book is that magical lamp which pulled me in with the first line and soon found me a cozy place to read the book… I couldn’t get out nor did I want to till the last line was read…

A damaged main character Brynn and her deaf three-legged work dog Wilco are the main characters. She is a Pavee, from the travellers or the gypsies clan, who now works for the police, the outsiders, to bring about justice for the dead. The story is similarly themed as book 1 with the fight continuing between the travelers and the nontravelers along with the solving of a murder. In this, it takes a satanic turn with the body of a young girl found in a cave. The mystery from book 1 too continued. Bryn again has to shoulder the balancing act of traversing between both the worlds as well as protecting her grandmother.

Brynn did travel into my heart in this round too; she is not perfect, uses Vicodin and whiskey to keep alive/sane, a war vet with PTSD, but her hidden vulnerability draws me deep into this book. Both the books should be read to see the way the author Susan Furlong has developed Bryn and to being captured by her writing.

The only niggle I can think of is I was angry with Bryn for not taking charge of her life and allowed prescribed meds to rule her body. But then what do I know of being a damaged, scarred war vet… She does clean up her act later.

And yes, I did come out of the lamp to write this review. You can call me the genie and I can grant wishes but only for people who read this book.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Kensington, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!!

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About the Author

Susan Furlong launched her Bone Gap Travellers series with the acclaimed novel Splintered Silence. Raised in North Dakota, she graduated from Montana State University. She and her family live in central Illinois.

Not long after donning the uniform of the McCreary County Sheriff’s department in Bone Gap, Tennessee, ex-Marine Brynn Callahan faces her first official homicide. On a cold February morning, a lone cross-country skier stumbles across the mutilated body of a young woman. Sent to investigate, Brynn is shocked when she recognizes the victim as a fellow Traveller, Maura Keene.

After her trained K-9, Wilco, digs up human bones, and then a scrap of paper scrawled with arcane Latin phrases is uncovered, Brynn finds evidence leading her to question those closest to her—and closing the case becomes a deeply personal matter.

While trying to suppress local superstitions and prejudices, Brynn discovers that Maura was keeping a dangerous secret. Still struggling with PTSD, Brynn must put her career on the line and her life at risk to find justice for a woman not unlike herself—haunted by her past, and caught in a vicious cycle she may never
escape . . .

Publication date: 18th December 2018

Publisher: Kensington

55 Responses

    1. This was really great. I read the book 1 and now this… Each time I am pulled in. Maybe this main characters speaks to the broken part of me. I am unable to stop reading her stories

  1. I love books where the characters aren’t perfect, they have flaws, and are HUMAN like the rest of us! This sounds like a really good read. And I love that cover. It looks like where I live! Great review, Shalini! 🙂

  2. Love your reviews, they are always so descriptive and nails the book–right on. In this case, I am especially thrilled since I have it on my tbr. Now I can’t wait to tear into it. 🤩🤩

  3. Wow, amazing review Shalini. This sounds like a book that I would truly enjoy. I do like dysfunctional characters that are able to pull themselves together when they need to. I also like that even her dog is damaged and she loves him and works with him.

    1. The dog was trained to sniff out death in the army… Carla, this main character drinks and self medicates a lot, does most of her work drunk… But does straighten up a bit at the end..

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