After the Silence: a twisty page-turner of deadly secrets and an unsolved murder investigation

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After the Silence: a twisty page-turner of deadly secrets and an unsolved murder investigation

After the Silence: a twisty page-turner of deadly secrets and an unsolved murder investigation

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I would like to thank NetGalley, Quercus Books and the author Louise O'Neill for my ARC in exchange for an honest review. Almost from page one, O’Neill makes it clear that the psychology in this psychological thriller is far more focused on Keelin Kinsella’s relationship with Henry. It seems intent on shoving well meaning messages about domestic abuse down the readers throat jn a way that seems patronising with little skill. I also really enjoyed how inherently Irish the book feels, through her use of Irish and chapters told from the perspective of the island and its people. O’Neill appears to be prodding at our morbid fascination with true crime here - ‘salivating over the details, play-acting like a bunch of Nancy Drews, as if there’s not real people involved, real families torn-apart’, as one islander puts it.

After the Silence also touches upon why it is women in particular who read/consume stories about true crime and crime fiction, especially when the stories are also concerning women - and why is the media so drawn to a particular type of woman (young, white, slim, beautiful) when it comes to telling these stories.First off big ol content warning for domestic abuse - both physical and psychological and coercion/controlling relationship. Keelin strikes up an unlikely friendship with one of the filmmakers, and does everything in her power to protect Henry and Alex from the consequences of the true events of that night. After the Silence is an abiding story of abuse, patriarchy, toxic masculinity, and the tolls that these take on women—up to and including their very lives. Very clever writing that keeps you guessing throughout, and with a twist at the end that is very worrying. Firstly I'd like to thank Tandem Collective UK, Riverrun and Louise O'Neill for a hardback copy of After the Silence for an honest review!

O’Neill engages me, gets me thinking about these issues, all while telling a deep, rich, dark story. Don't get me wrong, I take no pleasure saying that about a book but being honest is part of a job I guess. O'Neill's writing had this effect on me before in the only other book of hers I've read ( Almost Love) but where I loved that one, this time around I could not get myself to read this. This book starts out as what could be a standard whodunit, but turns into a psychological and dark read. When morning broke Nessa Crowley's lifeless body lay in the garden, her last breath silenced by the music and the thunder.The premise of the book seems simple: two documentary makers come to the (fictional) island of Inis Rún off the cost of Cork, to make a documentary about the murder of Nessa Crowley, in hopes to find out who done it and/or gain closure for the family. The reluctantly reliant relationship leads to deep rooted resentments that reinforce the locals’ suspicions of Henry and Keelin in the murder of Nessa.

Ten years later a film crew from Australia arrive to film a documentary about the murder that shook the islanders and perhaps also uncover the truth about what happened that night. SHORTLISTED FOR AN POST IRISH BOOK AWARDS 2020 Nessa Crowley's murderer has been protected by silence for ten years. I think this novel brilliantly examines how abusive relationships manifest differently, and how easy it is for anyone to become trapped in one, regardless of circumstance or knowledge of certain behaviours.The islanders believe they know who killed her, but it was never proven and the murderer walks free. With sensitivity and clever plotting the author explores themes of control, self esteem and the secrecy that can exist in family relationships and wraps it up in a beautifully crafted and descriptively haunting psychological thriller. A powerfully atmospheric, darkly compelling mystery characterised by Louise O'Neill's exquisite writing and powerful psychological insight. Louise has written a fantastic thriller but also highlighted so well how coercive control can occur so seamlessly The intertwining tales of the murder and the marriage keep you engaged until the very end.

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