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: 9780241965641
Characteristics: 230 pages ;,20 cm


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Apr 24, 2019

Just finished reading this book in 2 days because i couldnt put it down...great read, good tale that lead to a great ending.

Apr 18, 2019

Certainly, an enjoyable read.
Understanding Oliver, is this allowed in today’s, black and white, views of society?

Jan 09, 2019

Wonderful read, finished in a day. Wasn't sure if I was supposed to pity or hate Oliver, loved how the story moved from past to present and so forth.
The story was a interesting and exciting from start to finish. Great debut novel, hope to read the follow up.

Nov 26, 2018

Outside the book One of us is Lying, I found Unraveling Oliver to be my second favorite book of the year. Unlike the sterotypical whodunnit murder mystery, this is the more “why done it” mystery. You get inside Oliver’s sadistic mind, and peel back the lairs of a mad man. Told through the perspective of about six people, one gets to see the modus operandi.
This book was fabulously written, and it was quite twisted up until its climatic ending that you could see coming in the last twenty pages or so. What I particularly liked about the book is how you feel about Oliver. You like him. You then feel sorry him, and then you hate him. You turn into a sociopathic reader as you go through the pages.
My only complaint as I would have loved to have heard more from Barney. He was in the beginning, and then the ending. He seemed to me the character in a movie that you would pay to see who is barely in it, yet when he is in it he steals the show. Also, as he shows up on random at the end did not really make sense. Other than that, a great read.

Nov 05, 2018

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Oct 26, 2018

Why did this rather unsympathetic character bludgeon his wife; perspectives from many but not from her

SkokieStaff_Steven Aug 28, 2018

Liz Nugent’s “Unraveling Oliver” is a kind of Goldilocks of suspense fiction: not too cold, not too hot, not too short, not too long, not too soft, not too hard. In the first chapter, we learn that Oliver Ryan, a handsome, well-to-do, and suave author of a beloved series of children’s books, has just beaten his wife nearly to death. As the book progresses, we trace back the course of Oliver’s life through his own recollections as well as the memories of people who knew him. By the end, we understand what sparked Oliver’s heinous act while discovering a great deal about the deeply damaged man who performed it. Unlike in many thrillers, the characters in this book do not behave ridiculously nor do the plot developments unduly strain credulity. Nugent’s skillfully constructed book is thoughtful and measured, and all the more effective because of her restraint.

Jul 16, 2018

Suspense is heated with every subsequent chapter in each of which appears new facts about life of Oliver, both, from himself and from stories told by those who met him in the course of life.
For me, at the end, there was no moment for exclamation-what a turn!
On the contrary, the feeling of some everydayness. As if- everybody lived happily ever after.
Character of Oliver seemed to me not quite real. Usually those who grew up without a love of the parent, in adulthood try to be unlike the ones who brought them so much sadness. But here, Oliver is doing everything to win his father's love, to become worthy of attention of person who didn't have any feelings for him and just considered him as annoyance.

ArapahoeLesley Jul 06, 2018

A great cast of narrators make this book extra intriguing as we get to know Oliver how he sees himself and how the other people in his life see him and his relationship with his wife. You have to hate Alice for being such a dip, but Oliver's freakish charm does win you over a bit.

Feb 21, 2018

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

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