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

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Apparently a fortune teller had predicted that her husband would only have daughters so therefore his birth proved that Keelin had been unfaithful to him. 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. Mostly through Keelin Kinsella’s perspective, but also via the documentary transcripts and a collective voice from the Islanders. The murder mystery at its heart is easy to guess, but despite that, After the Silence is tense and compelling. If you’re anything like me, you’ll turn these pages while your skin crawls, and you’ll want to yell at the book, as if it could transmit your words to Keelin: leave him, run, wake up and realize what he’s doing.

Since that night, Henry and Keelin have been shunned by the islanders and Keelin’s world has grown smaller and more isolated than ever before. Atmospheric and eerie, I could feel the cold and damp of that tiny Irish island while, at the same time, felt suffocated by the events and the characters. 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. Everyone is hopeful that the documentary team will uncover new evidence and the murder case will be solved. The once confident masters of the small blue planet can only huddle near the campfire of their star—waiting … waiting for a future more mysterious and more uncertain than any they had ever imagined.

I am sure this book will work beautifully for other people who are not as anxious about reading as I am. 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. Later, as the family gathers to watch the final documentary cut, nervously awaiting the fall-out on Twitter, Henry observes, 'It's the era we’re living in, you see. The only name that gets mentioned more than Misty Hill in award speeches is God, was his oft-repeated line at parties, the fifth glass of champagne slurring his voice.

In this bold, brilliant, disturbing new novel, Louise O'Neill shows that deadly secrets are devastating to those who hold them close. Ten years ago, on an island off the coast of Ireland, the wealthy Kinsella family threw a wild party. When a close friend of her niece, a student at the University of Cambridge, is murdered, Mariana becomes embroiled in the mysterious activities of a group of elusive students known as the Maidens and their enigmatic professor, Edward Fosca. I was really excited to get my hands on a copy as I’ve devoured Louise O’Neill’s previous feminist focused fiction.You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. While this book is not for everyone due to it's content matter, it wasn't for me for other reasons entirely. I struggled with this at times, and I have never had a romantic relationship, let alone a toxic or abusive one—I can only imagine how triggering this book would be for some people who have, and you should really, really think hard about whether you want to expose yourself to that before you read this. London-based psychotherapist Mariana Andros is trying to come to terms with the death of her beloved husband.

After The Silence is an account of the surprises and challenges facing Earth when contact with an alien civilization of staggering advancement and age finally takes place on New Year’s Day, 2052.Although this is being marketed as a murder mystery/psychological thriller, what makes it stand out is not the revelation (there are so few suspects, anyway, in a tiny island community that it's not hard to unravel) but the acute and genuinely disturbing portrait of domestic abuse and coercive control. It's been 10 years since the murder, and while no one was convicted for it - Henry Kinsella, Sasanach and blow-in to the island was the prime suspect, and still treated as such by the islanders. 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. Keelin is a woman trained to spot the signs of domestic abuse but even she doesn’t notice when it’s happening right in front of her own eyes, in her own home, and it’s devastating to read.

After almost a decade of being shunned by the locals and even having their hotel burnt down, Henry sees it as his chance to be heard. Her violent ex- husband from whom she is lucky to escape and find comfort in the arms of Henry, who slowly begins to control every aspect of her life.

They have a daughter together and live comfortably well-off on the fictional, windswept island of Inisrun, off the Irish coast.

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