'Chillingly good' Elizabeth Day
'Her best book to date and that's really saying something' Marian Keyes
'A powerfully atmospheric, darkly compelling mystery' Lucy Foley
'A superior psychological thriller' Liz Nugent
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.
The killer couldn't have escaped Inisrun, but on-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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Built on a very modern premise—a documentary team parachutes into a troubled community, attempting to uncover the truth behind a years-old killing—this is a suspenseful thriller that we sped through feverishly. It’s set on the Irish island of Inisrun where, a decade earlier, a young woman was killed at a party hosted by wealthy couple Henry and Keelin Kinsella. With sensitivity, intelligence and some chillingly believable prose, O’Neill explores themes of domestic abuse and emotional manipulation, slowly unwrapping the mystery by focusing on Keelin’s life before and after the party. Amid a claustrophobic web of small-town suspicion and deceit, we were kept guessing until the final reveal.