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

Louise O'Neill

9 Reviews

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Ireland, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

A story whose twists and turns will unsettle, disturb and leave the reader devastated.

'Chillingly good' Elizabeth Day
'Her best book to date and that's really saying something' Marian Keyes
'A powerfully atmospheric, darkly compelling mystery' Lucy Foley
'A superior psychological thriller' Liz Nugent

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.

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

  • This superior psychological thriller...absolutely gripping, intriguing and superbly written...a compulsive read

  • 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

  • Elegant, assured, gripping and moving, it's her best book to date and that's really saying something

  • A clever, sleight of hand psychological thriller set on the small Irish island of Inisrun - Red

  • 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

  • This multi-layered, sinister chiller is a real page-turner. - Best

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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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