Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent

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So begins Liz Nugent’s astonishing debut novel—a chilling, elegantly crafted, and psychologically astute exploration of the nature of evil.

Oliver Ryan, handsome, charismatic, and successful, has long been married to his devoted wife, Alice. Together they write and illustrate award-winning children’s books; their life together one of enviable privilege and ease—until, one evening after a delightful dinner, Oliver delivers a blow to Alice that renders her unconscious, and subsequently beats her into a coma.

In the aftermath of such an unthinkable event, as Alice hovers between life and death, the couple’s friends, neighbors, and acquaintances try to understand what could have driven Oliver to commit such a horrific act. As his story unfolds, layers are peeled away to reveal a life of shame, envy, deception, and masterful manipulation.

Title : Unraveling Oliver
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ISBN : 1501167758
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 272 pages


Melissa rated it ★★★☆☆

August 28, 2017

Gripping psychological thriller this is not. A character study of sorts—one that offers very few surprises—is more like it. The downfall of this novel, in my opinion, is the shocking opening line that’s not only used as bait in the synopsis to grab the reader’s attention, but somehow remains the m...

Kaceey rated it ★★★★★

February 20, 2018

5 bright stars⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ When a book lingers with you, like a delicious dessert, even hours after you’ve finished. When you continually re-play each and every chapter in your mind, long after you’ve turned the final page. That’s what makes a memorable five-star read. A beautifully written debut novel th...

Elyse rated it ★★★★★

November 22, 2017

Like peeling of an onion....Oliver Ryan gets unraveled. I was intrigued from start to finish. There’s an atmosphere around the entire mystery- itself - that is mysterious. The craftsmanship is superb. I was curious- engaged - judging & evaluating - and turning those pages - not wanting to mis...

Shelby *trains flying monkeys* rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 10, 2017

I saw the advertised opening line of this book. I expected more of a reaction the first time I hit her. I'm a total weirdo and immediately wanted it. Oliver is a bit of a nutter, he is a very successful children's author who likes things just so in his life. He gives no thoughts to whether his wife...

Carol rated it ★★★★☆

April 27, 2017

UNRAVELLING OLIVER......Perfect Title!The story begins with a horrific crime, and it takes the entire (short) novel to unwind the whole truth about why the oh. so. handsome. Oliver beat his wife into a coma. (no spoiler here)......Not that I'm complaining, mind you. I was totally engaged by the w...

Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★★☆

January 29, 2015

3.5 Finished this yesterday and have thought about it on and off since then. The opening is such a grabber, an act of violence seemingly out of the blue, but in intimate situations things seldom work that way. So what caused this, what led up to this? We hear from the many people influenced by th...

Lindsay rated it ★★★★★

March 14, 2018

4.5 stars! Clever! Gripping! Addictive! Wow – this was really good! The very first sentence in this novel jaw-droppingly sucked me right into this story. I couldn’t put this book down! The story revolves around Oliver Ryan – a highly successful children’s author who is married to Alice, the illus...

Arah-Lynda rated it ★★★★☆

February 17, 2018

I expected more of a reaction the first time I hit her. She just lay on the floor, holding her jaw. Staring at me. Silent. She didn’t even seem to be surprised. Meet Oliver Ryan, handsome, successful, married. His story starts out hard, fast and provocative. But to better understand him and what...

j e w e l s rated it ★★★★★

December 13, 2017

ALL THE STARS FOR THIS FASCINATING CHARACTER PROFILE OF A MONSTER! Dark, sobering, sad and thought provoking. Absolutely loved it.

Simra S rated it ★★★★☆

February 22, 2018

Oliver and Alice, seem like a normal couple, until one evening when Oliver physically assaults Alice to the point where he puts her into a coma. Unraveling Oliver begins with a forceful and intriguing line which was enough to make me read the book, "I expected more of a reaction the first time I...

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