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After the Silence

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  910 ratings  ·  183 reviews
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 sile
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Published September 3rd 2020 by riverrun
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Ceecee
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Keelin and Henry Kinsella, their daughter Evie and Keelin’s son Alex seem to have it all. They’re rich, have a fabulous house on the island of Inisrun but it’s all an illusion. Ten years ago Nessa Crowley one of the ‘Crowley Girls’ died at Keelins birthday party which tears the small island community apart with the blame firmly fixed on Henry. Ten years on two Australian film makers are producing a documentary about it and Henry has high hopes this will put the past behind them. The story is tol ...more
Emer (A Little Haze)
Louise O’Neill is one of my favourite authors. I’ve always enjoyed every book I’ve read by her and was really excited to read ‘After the Silence’ because it claimed to be a murder mystery which is a massive leap away from O’Neill’s previous novels.

But here’s the thing... it wasn’t that much of a leap!

The mystery aspect to the novel was secondary to what this book was really about. It’s a book about domestic abuse in all its hideous guises. And from that standpoint it’s terrific. O’Neill clearl
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Roman Clodia
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
** Mild spoilers below **

'You're so thin,' he said, his voice admiring. He liked her this way, liked how pure she looked.

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.

Domestic violence has been extensively explored in fiction in recent y
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Vanessa Menezes
I loved the premise of this book, wherein a documentary crew decides to investigate and re-visit all evidence relating to a long unsolved murder.

The book focuses on Henry and Keelin Kinsella, whose lives changed forever when a young woman, Nessa Crowley's lifeless body lay in their garden after a wild birthday party at their big house.

No-one was charged with the murder due to lack of evidence and witnesses. But the islanders constantly blamed the Kinsellas. So, ten years later, when a documentar
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Liz Barnsley
Jul 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
After The Silence is a claustrophobic, tension fuelled novel from Louise O'Neill who as ever shows a huge amount of insight about the inner turmoil of women everywhere.

After the Silence is set on a small island within a close knit community - This community is torn apart by the loss of one of their own on a stormy, unforgettable night.

Years later a documentary about the tragedy is on the cards, threatening the fragile peace that really was never that peaceful. With sensitivity and clever plotti
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Aoife
I received this book from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

10 years ago, Nessa Crowley was discovered dead in the Kinsella's back garden following a huge party, and a storm. No-one was every charged, though all suspicion pointed heavily at Henry Kinsella. Now a documentary crew has arrived to the Irish island of Inisrún to interview all those involved - including Henry and Keelin Kinsella - and possibly discover who is keeping the most secrets from the night the thre
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Louise Wilson
Aug 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ten years have passed since Nessa Crowley was brutally murdered at a birthday party. No one has ever been convicted of her murder. Now, a documentary is being made to try and uncover what had happened. Keelin and her husband, Henry are the prime suspects and they've been vilified by the local residents where they live. Jane and Noah are the film makers who have come to make the documentary.

Nessa was the oldest sister of the Crowley girls. Everyone is hopeful that the documentary team will uncov
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Stina
I really hate it when a premise to a book promises something so much more than the book itself actually offers. Such was the case with AFTER THE SILENCE by Louise O'Neill. What was meant to be about the ten year anniversary of the murder of Nessa Crowley ended up something far more discombobulated to the point of boring and uninteresting.

Ten years have passed since the brutal murder of Nessa Crowley during the Kinsellas party and no one has every been charged or convicted of her murder. Now a do
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Louise Wilson
Aug 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ten years have passed since Nessa Crowley was brutally murdered at a birthday party. No one has ever been convicted of her murder. Now, a documentary is being made to try and uncover what had happened. Keelin and her husband Henry are the prime suspects and they've been vilified by the local residents where they live. Jake and Noah are the two film makers who have come to make the documentary.

Nessa was the oldest sister of the Crowley girls. Everyone is hopeful that the documentary team will un
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Trish at Between My Lines
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.

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
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Natalie Rampling
Jul 05, 2020 rated it liked it
I was really excited about this one. I loved the premise of a documentary investigating an good murder on a secluded island. However, the execution was poor. The flashback style is usually great for me, but there was no indication to the reader that it was a different time to the previous paragraph, or how much time had passed. The frequent Gaelic references were never explained either which I found frustrating. There is a huge emphasis on domestic violence, and while I think this is something n ...more
Nicole
Aug 30, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a really interesting concept but unfortunately it didn't really feel like a thriller to me

It took me a really long time to get into this book. I really struggled with the writing and the structure at the beginning.

I did however, manage to get into the story as it went along.

I did enjoy this book but it didn't feel like a thriller to me.

I liked the idea of the true crime documentary but I think I would have perfered if the whole book was written in interview transcript.

The pacing fe
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Panna Fox
Books by Louise O'Neill and I are having a bumpy ride recently. One I love, the other one I can't stand. After the Silence was a difficult read, but, hey, so are her other books. But this one got me simply bored.
Don't get me wrong, I take no pleasure saying that about a book but being honest is part of a job I guess.
I was promised thrills and mystery but I only got frustrated. Sorry, I can not recommend it.
Nicole Sweeney
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles.

After the Silence is the dark and brilliantly told story of the small island of Inisrun which was devastated by the murder of Nessa Crowley at the Kinsella’s party ten years ago. The islanders believe they know who killed her, but it was never proven and the murderer walks free. 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 happe
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Niamh
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Two words - Powerful and haunting.

I think O'Neill has developed a fascinating psychology in Keelin and told an important story about domestic violence while also weaving in a genuinely intriguing mystery. 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. Ar fheabhas.
Laura
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Compellingly good - well paced and movingly written. Pages 390 -391 with its analogy has some impact.
AtomicBooks
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book starts out as a really good whodunnit with distance memories of reading Agatha Christie and then suddenly you realise this book has slipped into something much darker and you are no longer simply reading a good whodunit but a dark psychological thriller. As the story progresses you’re not sure who is messing with whose head including your own!! There is a real sense of claustrophobia and desolation that takes over the further into the story you get which is perfectly helped by the remo ...more
Jade Wright
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars for After the Silence by Louise O'Neill.

I really wanted to love this book. I have adored everything I've read by Louise O'Neill and so when I heard she was dabbling in the thriller / mystery genre (my absolute favorite!) I was beyond excited.
The premise sounded so promising... a documentary crew head to an island to investigate an old unsolved murder. The lifeless body of a young woman was once found in the Kinsella's garden and although no one was charged with her murder, the islande
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Anna Morgenstern
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
TW: domestic abuse (physical, emotional, economic), violence, murder, eating disorders.
I'm not gonna lie, I picked this book up blindly because Louise O'Neill is one of my favorite authors, I admire her as a person and will read anything she publishes basically.
I was a bit skeptical as I'm used to her writing hard-hitting books and on the surface, this premise didn't seem so, oh my, was I wrong.
O'Neill managed to raise more awareness of domestic violence and how it comes in all sorts of differ
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Audrey
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
First off big ol content warning for domestic abuse - both physical and psychological and coercion/controlling relationship.

I'd recommend this to anyone who like true crime podcasts/documentaries (in particular West Cork) or fictional versions of them (Sadie comes to mind).

I'm broken. This was heart wrenching. This is not just a murder mystery but an exploration of domestic abuse and violence towards women, and how society and the media treat women as a whole...which is not surprising consider
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Catie
Oct 12, 2020 marked it as to-read
Recommended on Jen Campbell’s YouTube Channel - October 12, 2020
Laura King
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've been a fan of Louise O'Neill from "Only Ever Yours", so I was surprised that her new book for adults was a thriller. Having read "After The Silence", I now see that this was a brilliant move for her. Many of the themes she has explored in earlier novels are still aparant here - gaslighting, domestic abuse, bodies in pain and the darker side of sexual relationship - but the backdrop of the mystery surrounding the unsolved murder of the young woman becomes a perfect vehicle for many of O'Neil ...more
Jasmine
3.5/5

Louise O'Neill is someone who I would class as a hit-and-miss author. I've read two of her books before this: Only Ever Yours in 2016, which I really liked; Almost Love last year, which I DNF'd. After the Silence, weirdly enough, is a hit-and-miss book in itself. There were many aspects that I really liked alongside many that I thought could have been done better or didn't quite work in specific areas.

The first thing is the writing style. The opening prologue is what drew me in. It was so a
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Rose | Life Amongst the Pages
Aug 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
After the Silence is an intriguing and atmospheric mystery that I ended up devouring pretty quickly as I was desperate to discover who really killed Nessa Crowley. The story takes place in the lead up to the ten year anniversary of Nessa’s death and follows the Kinsella family who are starring in a new document trying to uncover the truth about her killing. Henry Kinsella sets up the whole thing but is desperate to not feature because he is attempting to clear the families name as the whole isla ...more
Clair Sharpe
On the night of a wild party at Henry and Keelin Kinsella’s luxury house on the Irish island of Inisrun, there is a violent storm cutting the island off from the mainland. When morning comes, the body of young woman Nessa Crowley is found in their garden.

Nessa Crowley was one of the three beautiful sisters and the islanders were horrified by the murder. Knowing it had to be someone on the island at the time of the killing, Henry is the obvious one to blame, especially as he isn’t a born and bred
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☼ Sarah ☼
I received a free e-ARC of this novel from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. Thank you, Quercus Books!

I've been a fan of Louise O'Neill ever since I picked up Only Ever Yours from the bookshop on my way home from uni one day. I once read a review that said she "writes with a scalpel", and that's absolutely true. Each and every one of her works is unabashedly, unreservedly feminist, centring the stories and lives of women above all. After the Silence is full of sharply-deliv
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Laura
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this book thanks to NetGalley and publisher Quercus Books in exchange for an honest review.

After the Silence is a quiet book. It creeps into your mind and sits there, a seed which continues to grow long after you've finished reading it. Before this, I have only read two books by Louise O'Neill, both of which I adored but neither of which were rooted in reality. It was interesting to see her style in a more grounded setting and I was pleased to see that the writing still mana
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JK
Jul 23, 2020 rated it liked it
After the Silence is an interesting locked room mystery, where the locked room is much larger than usual - an island which, due to a ferocious storm, is impossible to reach or leave on the night of the murder. After ten years, an eager young documentary crew arrive to gather information, and interview the islanders on the murder.

I enjoyed the varying narrative style here, flicking from third person, to first-person plural, to interview style, whilst also narrating events as they happened ten yea
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Megan Jones
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Karen Barber
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
A somewhat puzzling read from Louise O’Neill here, but I think that’s because I was expecting the focus to be more on the mystery.
Keelin Kinsella is a local girl, who has a seemingly successful second marriage to Henry. They are wealthy, and renowned for their shows of wealth. Locals on the island have never fully accepted Henry, and when one of the young triplets feted on the island is found dead after a wild party at the Kinsella’s people assume the hosts were involved. Ten years on, nobody ha
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Louise O' Neill is from Clonakilty, in west Cork. After graduating with a BA in English Studies at Trinity College Dublin, she went on to complete a post-grad in Fashion Buying at DIT. Having spent a year in New York working for Kate Lanphear, the senior Style Director of ELLE magazine, she returned home to Ireland to write her first novel.
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