Unravelling Oliver

Unravelling Oliver

Book - 2015
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'I expected more of a reaction the first time I hit her.' 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 her into a coma. Oliver is stunned by his own actions. In the aftermath, as everyone tries to make sense of this astonishing act of savagery, he tells his story. So do those whose paths he has crossed over five decades. What unfolds is both tragic and monstrous a story of shame, envy, breath-taking deception and masterful manipulation. Only Oliver knows what he had to do to get the life he craved, and to which he felt entitled. But even he is in for a shock when the past finally catches up with him. Unravelling Oliver is an extraordinary story of psychological suspense and an enthralling portrait of a thoroughly modern monster.
Publisher: London : Penguin Books, 2015.
Copyright Date: ♭2014
ISBN: 9781501167751
Characteristics: 230 pages ;,20 cm.


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Feb 21, 2018

Really enjoyed the twists and turns of this novel. Good read

Feb 07, 2018

Storyline was good, just slow moving with an anticlimactic ending.

Feb 02, 2018

This book is a refreshing find for a new year! Author Liz Nugent has skillfully crafted a good tale that capitalizes on the haunting loss innocently perceived by persons victimized by the cruel undertow of deception. Nugent’s writing style is reminiscent of that of Ruth Rendell, who for decades reigned as the queen of psychological mystery. It has been quite some time since I have devoured a book with such enjoyment.

Dec 25, 2017

The story begins with Oliver Ryan, a best-selling children's author, violently beating his wife, who is also the illustrator of his books. From that point on, the novel goes back in time. Each chapter is narrated by a different person, each involved in the life of Oliver. Unraveling Oliver peels back the layers of Oliver's life, leading up to the domestic violence, revealing how his life brought him to sink to such a level.. I highly recommend this book, especially if you like reading psychological suspense. There is much to enjoy here. A captivating read.

Dec 09, 2017

Fantastic novel.

Oct 26, 2017

This book skillfully chronicles the psychological dysfunction of the titular character, Oliver. The author takes us past sympathy for his painful childhood to loathing for the cold, manipulative, destructive adult he becomes.

It is neither an easy nor pleasant read, but it is an instructive glimpse into the making of a psychopath and the swath of destruction one can wreak in the lives of those he leaves in his wake.

Aug 25, 2017

Ripleyesque. Fantastic.

We know from page one that Oliver is not who the world thinks he is, but every time I thought I had him pegged, there was a new twist. With each revelation from his friends and acquaintances, this book got better and better for me. Gripping, dark, entertaining and surprisingly socially relevant.

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