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...

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...

Maria rated it ★★★★☆

October 26, 2017

Os Filhos Das Trevas Oliver é Frio, Cruel, Egocêntrico, Imoral!... Geneticamente? Ou será que foi gerado nos podres da sociedade? A Alma humana é uma balança onde Bem e Mal coexistem num equilíbrio periclitante. Situações de rejeição, maus tratos e abandono alimentam-lhe o lado negro! Porém, se fôr o...

Carol rated it ★★★★★

February 28, 2015

I love these dark and juicy, chilling and creepy psychological thrillers. They are wonderful palate cleansing experiences!

Maxine rated it ★★★★☆

November 13, 2016

Astonishingly good! What a very well written novel this is. I was so glad I won it via Goodreads First Reads, very happy to be able to read and review it. It's not easy to pull off a novel that has individual chapters covering the perspective of numerous characters and still maintains fluidity. Th...

Dem rated it ★★★★☆

August 07, 2017

4.5 Stars for this highly entertaining and original debut novel by Liz Nugent. " Oliver Ryan is a handsome and charismatic success story. He lives a life of enviable privilege and ease with his wife. Alice. Enviable until one evening after dinner, Oliver attacks Alice so viciously that he beats...

Mo rated it ★★★★☆

February 25, 2017

4.5 strong stars. I always like to try new authors and Ms Nugent was a new author for me. Irish, to boot. And you know me, I am usually wary about reading all things Irish. Spanning almost 50 years it tells the story of Oliver Ryan, a charismatic, charming man and the aftermath of what happened on...

Alice rated it ★★★★★

July 12, 2014

5 “I really couldn't care less.” stars We are first introduced to the protagonist, Oliver, on the first page. Where he has just hit his wife, “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 surpri...

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