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Nessa Crowley’s murderer has been protected by silence for ten years. Until a t…

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Nessa Crowley’s murderer has been protected by silence for ten 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. It was impossible to get off the island that night. 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.
I’m a huge fan of Louise O’Neill and have been looking forward to reading this for ages! It really didn’t disappoint. I absolutely loved the cúpla focal as Gaeilge. So rare to see Irish appearing in books, even when they are written by Irish authors. The story of this was great. The story mainly focuses on Keelin and her family. Her life seems so controlled by her husband and the whole book features the theme of sexism that O’Neill writes so well. For me, Asking for It is still O’Neill’s best book but this really wasn’t far behind. I would have liked to have seen a bit more of Nessa’s life leading up to that night but other than that the book was go hiontach! Would definitely recommend. @oneilllou

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