Book Review

Review – After The Silence by Louise O’Neill


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.

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

My Review:

Oh my…!!!! After The Silence by Louise O’Neill is utterly brilliant! It is a big book but I couldn’t put it down. Honestly, I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. There were a couple of late nights where I needed to keep on reading, just so I could see who did it! The suspense, the guessing, the doubt, the suspicion and so on have my mind spinning non stop. It was so good!

Here are some highlights!

1.This is what I call a slow burn thriller that was so brilliant at character building to unfold the story. It was utterly griping. I am telling you when you read it, you won’t be able to stop. Asked my friends Emily and Ellie, we read it together and the late night discussion of who did what were amazing. Hilarious. It was so late but we couldn’t stop reading!

2.Just like any other books I read of Louise, she is so good at making me love the protagonist but also hate her; she made me feel so sorry for her but at the same time feel so frustrated by her; I want to hug her but also want to shake her awake and say “stop it now! See what’s going on around you!”

3.There are a lot to take in and take away from this story. Domestic abuse took the center of the stage and with it, we have to question what is love and is it really we will do whatever we can, right and wrong, to protect our love ones?

4.That ending. THAT ENDING. I cannot say anymore as whatever I say may give away the story. But that ending!!!! I want to say the story doesn’t end there, as a reader, there is a lot to take in and to think about after finish reading it.

Brilliant, I enjoyed it so so much! Me and a few other amazing bookst will be going live with Louise tonight at 8pm over her account about her new book. Stay tuned! Thank you so much Quercus Books for this beautiful copy to review!

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