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

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Since her explosive debut in 2014, Louise O’Neill has earned a reputation as Ireland’s sharpest chronicler of millennial angst. This is a tightly written, gripping and cleverly done family drama that looks closely at coercive control, domestic violence and the secrets that we keep, both from ourselves and from each other. stars- This was a great read, very enjoyable and and thrilling read had me enthralled into it and hooked on every page such a page turner. In Henry’s mind, his love for Keelin justifies how he behaves towards her, because our society teaches men that to love a woman is to want to control her, to put her on a pedestal, to bind her to you so that you can admire her and praise her—but on your terms and in a way that can never threaten your own success.

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. 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. On the day of Henry and Keelin Kinsella’s wild party at their big house a violent storm engulfed the island of Inisrún, cutting it off from the mainland. The narration shifts between the events leading up to the party, and the present day where the crew consisting of Noah and Jake interview the Kinsellas and other people involved. 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.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.

O’Neill engages me, gets me thinking about these issues, all while telling a deep, rich, dark story. Most purchases from business sellers are protected by the Consumer Contract Regulations 2013 which give you the right to cancel the purchase within 14 days after the day you receive the item.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.

Inspired by the real-life murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, After the Silence is a gripping story of secrets and control.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. Hopefully the description of the book is enough, but in case it isn’t, seriously, massive trigger warnings for partner abuse, gaslighting, controlling and manipulative behaviour, murder, etc. 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 three Crowley girls became two. They are investigating the unsolved murder of Nessa Crowley, who ten years ago was found dead during a party on the storm-embattled island. 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.

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