Review: Say Nothing

Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland

by Patrick Radden Keefe

Doubleday, 2019

Adult Nonfiction True Crime and History

Summary: Notable people involved in the conflicts were recorded and then the information was sealed and kept in Boston until their deaths. Then the recordings were released to authorities. One of the threads focuses on Jean McConville, a widow and mother who was taken and then presumed to be dead but there wasn’t a body.

Likes: There is so much to learn from this book. I heard about the issues in Northern Ireland in very vague general terms from mixed sources. I liked that we got multiple perspectives and over a period of time. We see how people felt when they were teenagers versus how they felt when they were older and their reactions to the changes around them.

Dislikes: Sometimes I got impatient with the varied threads, sometimes they weren’t in chronological order, and I had to trust that the threads would come together in the end.

Overall this was very interesting and I’m glad I read it. I now want to read more books about the overall history of Ireland.

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