After the Silence: a twisty page-turner of deadly secrets and an unsolved murder investigation
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It did clear up some issues that were raised earlier in the book but still I wanted a real 'twist' that had me shocked. We need your consent to load this YouTube content We use YouTube to manage extra content that can set cookies on your device and collect data about your activity. You can’t forget the way it ostracized the Kinsellas, and how, against such opposition, they would necessarily feel the need for solidarity.
Louise O’Neill’s writing is astute and restrained, holding back the most important details and allowing readers to connect the dots themselves. On a stormy night ten years prior, a much-loved local girl Nessa Crowley, one of the beautiful, smart and popular 'Crowley Girls’, was killed at a party in their house. The book goes back and forth from the months just prior to the murder, the filmmakers interviewing islanders and those connected with the case, and the present day as Keelin sees it.The reluctantly reliant relationship leads to deep rooted resentments that reinforce the locals’ suspicions of Henry and Keelin in the murder of Nessa. These two men had arrived to Inisrún yesterday, and they’d asked if they could interview Keelin first, before anyone else. Now, Keelin's every move appears to be controlled by her husband - but it's Keelin who asked him to do this in the first place.
But there’s so much more going on behind the scenes and I think Louse O’Neill portrayed that perfectly. No missing or damaged pages, no creases or tears, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins. The more time we spend with him, the more we realise he’s not all that different from Keelin’s ex-husband, his appalling treatment of her is just more subtle. Ten years later a film crew arrives to investigate wha did kill Nessa and Henry is keen to clear his name.This book starts out as what could be a standard whodunit, but turns into a psychological and dark read. 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. Very clever writing that keeps you guessing throughout, and with a twist at the end that is very worrying.