Today, I am excited to be sharing my review of After the Silence by Louise O’Neill with you all.
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 Kinsellas’ 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.
After The Silence was recommended to me and chosen for my 12 Challenge. Immediately I was excited about it, because it sounded exactly like the type of book I would enjoy, and it didn’t let me down.
To begin with, I was a little confused by the different time settings of the chapters, as there was no real indication that we had switched time frames at the beginning of the chapters, but this is definitely something I got used to as the book went along, and it became much easier to follow. Despite the initial confusion, I did really enjoy that there was multiple time frames, as it gave us more of an insight in to the initial events that led to where the story is now, and each time it seemed to unearth more interesting secrets that were being covered up. Slowly leading up to the truth of what happened.
I immediately thought that there was something not right about Henry. He was giving off such a weird vibe! I could tell that he wasn’t the lovely, caring husband that he was making himself out to be, but I just couldn’t put my finger on what was wrong. I felt so sorry for Keelin though, she had clearly been through a lot in her life, and she was obviously still desperately trying to cope with it all, but failing to do so. She was vulnerable, and scared, but I also couldn’t figure out whether she was involved in what happened to Nessa, or at least knew what had happened to her. The book really kept me guessing on that front.
I couldn’t wait to find out the truth of what had happened to Nessa. The Kinsella family certainly had a lot of secrets, including some surrounding the events of Nessa’s death, so it was only a matter of time before the pressure of the cameras and the local community who adored Nessa Crowley pushed them to reveal those secrets, and I was desperate to know what they were hiding. The big reveal came in the shape of an intense, and edge of the seat ending, which wrapped up every aspect of the story perfectly.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. There was a lot of excitement, and some very unexpected moments. I would definitely like to read more from this author in the future.
I give After the Silence a 4 star rating!
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