After the Silence

After the Silence : The An Post Irish Crime Novel of the Year

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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 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.

In this bold, brilliant, disturbing new novel Louise O'Neill shows that deadly secrets are devastating to those who hold them close.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 448 pages
  • 162 x 236 x 42mm | 700g
  • riverrun
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1784298891
  • 9781784298890
  • 13,244

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This superior psychological thriller...absolutely gripping, intriguing and superbly written...a compulsive read - Liz Nugent -- Liz Nugent Imagine Emily Bronte crossed with a Netflix true-crime documentary and with a dash of Big Little Lies thrown in. After the Silence is gripping, clever and beautifully written. O'Neill has a gimlet eye for the telling detail ...Chillingly good - Elizabeth Day -- Elizabeth Day Elegant, assured, gripping and moving, it's her best book to date and that's really saying something This is good. Really good. Dark and tragic and anger-inducing. Succession meets West Cork with a fire of feminist fury. * Harriet Tyce * Chilling and atmospheric, After the Silence is sharp and perceptively written, with a mystery at its heart that will keep you gripped. I think this is Louise's best book yet. -- Beth O'Leary A gripping new direction for Louise O'Neill but still with her distinctive powerful voice. I raced through it, guessing until the very - satisfying - end. -- Cecelia Ahern Devastating, chilling and enviably accomplished... I haven't been so gripped by a book in years * Laura Jane Williams * A powerfully atmospheric, darkly compelling mystery characterised by Louise O'Neill's exquisite writing and powerful psychological insight. Seriously good. -- Lucy Foley Louise O'Neill has done it again. . .her writing captivates me in a visceral way every time. After The Silence does what Louise does best: addictive and scalpel-sharp fiction that addresses important topics that should demand our attention, while feeling both deep discomfort and fire in our belly. -- Emma Gannon Louise O'Neill's After the Silence is a devastatingly beautiful book full of secrets, mystery and a story so powerful and enthralling you cannot look away. An absolute masterpiece and one of my favourite books in the world! -- Nikita Gill A clever, sleight of hand psychological thriller set on the small Irish island of Inisrun * Red * dark, haunting, almost claustrophobic read, but the writing is still both beautiful and lyrical * Fabulous * You'll be absorbed by this chilling tale of controlling and toxic relationships * Sunday Mirror * A subtle slow-burn, this evocative mystery spins into an intricate portrait of gas-lighting and sacrifice * heat * Dark, windswept, suspenseful and kept me on the edge of my seat. Bravo to a wonderful writer and wonderful woman -- Jessie Burton This multi-layered, sinister chiller is a real page-turner. * Best * The plot is intricate and intelligent, but the drama gets its real energy from the author's obvious anger about what men get away with, and why some women always pay the price. * Daily Mail * O'Neill has made her name as one of Ireland's foremost feminist writers, and this is a detailed examination of a toxic marriage as well as an absorbing mystery * Sunday Times * This is O'Neill at her best: splintered portraits of relationships so sharp you could cut yourself on them, deeply empathetic characterisation and a vivid exposure of the brutality of all forms of domestic abuse, including the ones that so often remain hidden in the shadows. A tour de force from a spectacular storyteller, it will have you gripped from the first page to the last, but it will stay with you long after that as well. O'Neill is one of our finest feminist writers and this is her best book yet. -- Laura Bates With impeccable research into domestic violence on women, O'Neill conjures a disturbing and uncomfortable atmosphere, made darker by the remote island where the story is set * CultureFly * This compulsive novel tells a claustrophobic tale of violence, control and domestic abuse. * Sunday Express (S Mag) * The atmosphere of it is dream-like and it's completely compelling * Good Housekeeping *
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About Louise O'Neill

Louise O'Neill is the feminist powerhouse and outspoken voice for change whose novels Only Ever Yours and Asking for It helped to start important conversations about body image and consent. Asking for It won Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards 2015 and stayed in the Irish Top Ten fiction chart for over a year. Only Ever Yours won Newcomer of the Year at the Irish Book Awards and the Bookseller YA Prize. Film/TV rights have been optioned on both books. Louise lives and works in West Cork, Ireland. She contributes regularly to Irish TV and radio, and has a weekly column in the Irish Examiner.
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3,589 ratings
3.87 out of 5 stars
5 27% (955)
4 42% (1,496)
3 25% (890)
2 6% (199)
1 1% (49)
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