Book Review: After the Silence by Louise O’Neill

September 3, 2020 Book review 1 ★★★★★

Louise O’Neill has turned her hand to many different genres – young adult, contemporary fiction and now a psychological thriller. And I’m here for every one of them because I love the sharpness and brutal honesty in her writing.

Thanks to RIVERRUN for giving me for giving me a copy of this book for review consideration. As always, no matter what the source of the book, you get my honest, unbiased opinion.

Book Review: After the Silence by Louise O’NeillAfter the Silence by Louise O'Neill
Published by RIVERRUN on September 3, 2020
Genres: Thrillers, Suspense
Pages: 400
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Nessa Crowley's murderer has been protected by silence for ten years.Until a team of documentary makers decide to find out the truth.On the day of Henry and Keelin Kinsella's wild party at their big house a violent storm engulfed the island of Inisrun, cutting it off from the mainland. When morning broke Nessa Crowley's lifeless body lay in the garden, her last breath silenced by the music and the thunder.The killer couldn't have escaped Inisrun, but no-one was charged with the murder. The mystery that surrounded the death of Nessa remained hidden. But the islanders knew who to blame for the crime that changed them forever. Ten years later a documentary crew arrives, there to lift the lid off the Kinsella's carefully constructed lives, determined to find evidence that will prove Henry's guilt and Keelin's complicity in the murder of beautiful Nessa.In this bold, brilliant, disturbing new novel Louise O'Neill shows that deadly secrets are devastating to those who hold them close.

My Thoughts on After the Silence

This book is set on a small island off West Cork, and features a decade old murder, a true life documentary about the case and tightly clung secrets. I love the way the story unfolded. Mostly through Keelin Kinsella’s perspective, but also via the documentary transcripts and a collective voice from the Islanders.

The mystery is satisfying, but the heart of the book is domestic violence, and the many shades it can wear. I felt that it made me look and think differently about why women stay. And it made me angry and sad. It got right in under my skin and made me itch with all the uncomfortable feels.

I also blame the book for making me a bit snarky while I read it, as I just wanted to read and read and not be disturbed. And I felt immersed in the Island setting and the secrets that I had to unravel and not just the who but the why, and all the threads that led to that point.

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A book I won’t forget in a hurry. Bold, brutal and beautiful.

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Who should read After the Silence?

Highly recommended if you enjoyed the West Cork podcast, or if you love books about family secrets, or books that make you sit up and want to take action.


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