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After the Silence by Louise O'Neill

After the Silence

Louise O'Neill

4.17 out of 5

4 reviews

Imprint: riverrun
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Publication date: 3 Sep 2020
ISBN: 9781784298890

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

4 stars out of 5
20 Sep 2020

"this is a detailed examination of a toxic marriage as well as an absorbing mystery"

The Irish writer has set her latest novel on an island, where the Kinsella family have always ruled the roost. Ten years ago a teenage girl died at a wild party given by Henry and Keelin Kinsella, and the murder remains unsolved. Henry has always been the chief suspect, and the arrival of a television crew to make a documentary stirs up old feelings. O’Neill has made her name as one of Ireland’s foremost feminist writers...


4 stars out of 5
Joanne O'Sullivan
10 Sep 2020

"credible and captivating"

It can be hard to unravel all of the topics that O’Neill takes issue with; ranging from the horrifying examples of emotional and physical abuse, to the nuanced portrayals of personal tensions and the unfair expectations women face. But that’s simply reflective of the contradictions and injustices women and victims of abuse do encounter on a regular basis, and however complex or difficult it becomes to contend with, it’s impossible to read the novel and claim it’s depictions are anything but genuine. Throughout the novel, the clear sense of responsibility O’Neill feels towards representing all forms of abuse and all types of victims authentically is obvious and admirable. The book’s bibliography, author’s notes and list of interviewees indicate the detailed research that has gone into putting together a story that is both credible and captivating.

4 stars out of 5
7 Sep 2020

"Tense and tightly-plotted"

Ten years after a body is discovered on the island of Inisrun, a documentary looks set to uncover the truth. Tense and tightly-plotted. 

5 stars out of 5
Nina Pottell
1 Sep 2020

"This is a compelling read; her best yet"

Nessa Crowley was murdered 10 years ago, yet no one was ever convicted of the crime. Now, a team of documentary makers is interviewing wealthy Henry and Keelin Kinsella, on whose grounds Nessa's body was found. Wrapped in Louise O'Neill's strong feminist storytelling, this is a compelling read; her best yet.