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 on-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.
Happiest of publication days to Louise O’Neill for her newest book After The Silence, a gripping psychological thriller that will have you glued to your screen, headphones or the book itself! Thanks to Hannah of Riverrun for the opportunity to read this book pre-release to review and celebrate its magnificence on publication day. Readers, you can grab yourself a gorgeous copy of After The Silence here.Ever since I saw the early proofs of After The Silence, with its promise of an obsessive love, murderous tale, I knew that it was going to be the book for me. The wait to read it increased my book anticipation and I was not dissapointed, not even a tiny bit. It was everything I thought it would be and more. The first thing I like to mention about a book are the characters, after all without them would there be a story to be told? After The Silence begins with an introduction to Keelin , her son Alex and her second husband Henry who live on the Irish island of Inisrun, where a prolific death occurred, one where the perpetrator was never found and still haunts the residents. After 10 years the case has peaked the interest of an Australian film team, one that hopes to uncover the truth. The point of view of this novel is from Keelin’s point of view, one that it is filled with tension and a family life filled with it, especially as her narcissistic and emotionally manipulative husband Henry has always been suspected of the death of Crowley girl Nessa. Keelin is a character that has had a traumatic past, which we get to understand throughout the pages of this novel. Through interviews with the film production crew you become to understand her, as well as the members of her family and the dynamic. So for me the characters are a yes with their own independent historical events, characteristics and identity while still interlocking into one another’s stories.The web that Louise spins, one that grips the reader is very much psychological thrilling. The use of themes that is further explained in her acknowledgements shows the extent to which Louise fell down the rabbit hole of research to create a twistingly believable storyline with subtle darkness bubbling to the surface. The sequence of events that domino off each other, mixed with memory flashbacks to Keelin’s past which fill in the reader how she came to being where she is in her life now. We see first hand the relationship Keelin has with her son and husband, this adds to the intoxicating factor of the novel – I was captivated, I also found myself disliking a character or two which in turn caused me to shout, SHOUT at these fictional characters! The tied together web of deceit, obsession and jealousy spiked my interest immediately and it kept drawing me in further with every single chapter, an atmosphere that resembles that of a true crime dramatization with a psychological undercurrent that will give you goosebumps, tied up in the most twisty of book bows!Overall, After The Silence was a million percent worth the wait to be able to read it, this may be Louise’s first psychological thriller but I really hope that it isn’t her last! I really do recommend this read – hence the almost incoherent rambling. Make sure to check out the reviews today using the hashtag #AfterTheSilenceUntil next time,