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After the Silence

Narrated by: Amy Molloy
Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
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Summary

Nessa Crowley's murderer has been protected by silence for 10 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 no-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. 

©2020 Louise O'Neill (P)2020 Quercus Editions Limited

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Mmmm... Disappointing

I never write reviews but this has earned it with its bland story line and woeful narrator.

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Disappointing

None of the characters were likeable, you can't engage because you don't really care what happens to them. The narration was very poor and was irritating at times.

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Raw and gripping

Impossible to put down! Fantastic Irish characters anyone could know. A must read. Highly recommend.

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Captivating until the very end!

Louise has written a fantastic thriller but also highlighted so well how coercive control can occur so seamlessly The intertwining tales of the murder and the marriage keep you engaged until the very end. Beautifully narrated.

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Maybe better to read than to listen to?

I really wanted to love this book. I am a fan of Louise O'Neill and I loved her earlier books. I felt this one dragged a little. I don't think it needed to be as long. A lot of it felt a little bit Oirish, maybe that was because of the narrator, her accents slipped a lot which was distracting. The writing is excellent but I just thought it took a long time to reach the conclusion and there was a lot of unnecessary padding out. But it's worth a credit for sure.

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hooked on Inis Rún

I've spent the weekend in Louise O'Neill 's Inis Rún and I've been hooked the entire way through. Such dark and provoking themes presented through the most brilliantly developed characters.
Agus Gaeilge fríd an rud uilig!
10/10 would recommend

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Great story

This is a great story very well narrated. However, all the Irish characters had Dublin accents, no matter what part of the country they came from... it distracted me and I kind of wish I had read it instead.

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Loved it more than expected!

TW: domestic abuse (physical, emotional, economic), violence, murder, eating disorders.
I'm not gonna lie, I picked this book up blindly because Louise O'Neill is one of my favorite authors, I admire her as a person and will read anything she publishes basically.
I was a bit skeptical as I'm used to her writing hard-hitting books and on the surface, this premise didn't seem so, oh my, was I wrong.
O'Neill managed to raise more awareness of domestic violence and how it comes in all sorts of different forms and can happen to anybody, regardless of socio-economical background, religion, etc. I appreciated that a lot in that book.
Although none of the characters was likable (not intended to) I found the plot very intriguing and was deeply engrossed in that book, I listened to it almost non-stop (while drawing) and was never bored.
A new favorite from my favorite author