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

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It's been 10 years since the murder, and while no one was convicted for it - Henry Kinsella, Sasanach and blow-in to the island was the prime suspect, and still treated as such by the islanders. 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. This was definitely more of a character study than a mystery/thriller, so I'd recommend it if you enjoy books that are very much character-driven rather than intensely plot-driven.

Our teachers always wants us to do certain adjustments after the first submission before our papers gets archived at the university.Billed as a psychological thriller, After the Silence is a crime novel but not an entirely conventional one. For Nancy Venable Raine, second only to the soul-breaking burden of her rape at 39 was the silence that shrouded it, a silence born of her own feelings of shame and the incomprehension of others. If that were it, if this book were just a portrayal of a woman being gaslit and manipulated by her husband in the decade following a murder, then the book would be good. It seems intent on shoving well meaning messages about domestic abuse down the readers throat jn a way that seems patronising with little skill. While Keelin is obviously being controlled by Henry, she also blames herself for Nessa Crowley’s death – so what part did she really play?

I really like the premise of the novel and the setting on the small Irish island is fantastic as it creates a great atmosphere. I really hate it when a premise to a book promises something so much more than the book itself actually offers.The way this controlling behaviour - the gaslighting and emotional manipulation - gradually escalates feels very true to life, and is all the more insidious for it. A murder ten years before is constantly flashbacked together with the reactions of the people close to the victim and it's like a record with a crack in it - the same things are repeated again and again and again and again.

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