Unravelling Oliver

In this compelling, clever, and dark Heat magazine thriller, a man s shocking act of savagery stuns a local community and the revelations that follow will keep you gripped until the very last page This work of psychological suspense, a 1 bestseller in Ireland, is perfect for fans of Patricia Highsmith and Ruth Ware I expected of a reaction the first time I hitIn this compelling, clever, and dark Heat magazine thriller, a man s shocking act of savagery stuns a local community and the revelations that follow will keep you gripped until the very last page This work of psychological suspense, a 1 bestseller in Ireland, is perfect for fans of Patricia Highsmith and Ruth Ware I expected of a reaction the first time I hit her 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.With its alternating points of view and deft prose, Unraveling Oliver is a page turning, one sitting read from a brand new master of psychological suspense Sunday Independent that details how an ordinary man can transform into a sociopath.
Unravelling Oliver In this compelling clever and dark Heat magazine thriller a man s shocking act of savagery stuns a local community and the revelations that follow will keep you gripped until the very last page Thi

  • Title: Unravelling Oliver
  • Author: Liz Nugent
  • ISBN: 9781844883097
  • Page: 148
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Unravelling Oliver”

    1. 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 most interesting part of Unraveling Oliver. Meaning, the story is on a downhill trajectory from line one-“I expected more of a reaction the first time I hit her.”The author puts forth a valian [...]

    2. 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 that drew me in from the start and wouldn’t let go until the final sentence! I’m left with the feeling that I’ve been on a wild journey, transported deep into the mind [...]

    3. 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 miss anything. I wanted to hear what every person had to say - I was genuinely interested. Overall I feel this is a very sad story.( minus a few happy highlights for a few characters - for which I’m glad) [...]

    4. 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 or anyone around him have feelings. He just doesn't have time for that. So when he finally snaps off his rocker and beats his wife into a coma (not a spoiler) we have to take a look back at his life. And [...]

    5. UNRAVELLING OLIVERPerfect 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 way Liz Nugent set the stage and lay out her facts describing how Oliver turned out to be a monster.As we meet all the players in his life, we find Oliver did endure some tough times as a youngster, and does discover [...]

    6. 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 brought him to this point we need to go back and learn something of who he is. In the process we will meet “family”, “friends” and acquaintances.Perhaps it says more about me than it does the s [...]

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

    8. 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 the life of Oliver, the people closest to him, the people who knew him in various stages of his life. What makes a man who could act so violently.Makes one think. I felt different ways about Oliver, in dif [...]

    9. 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 hit her."The book is narrated from the perspective of multiple characters that solves the puzzle of the mysterious Oliver. As we go through the chapters, we find out the reasons as to why he is a narciss [...]

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

    11. Os Filhos Das TrevasOliver 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 amor a nutri-la, irá pender naturalmente para o seu lado melhor!Oliver não se apresenta como um ser apenas a odiar, pois iremos assistir, passo a passo, à génese dum monstro.Iremos odiá-lo, [...]

    12. 4.5 stars. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. The story was very good, I wanted to slap the sh*t out of Oliver a time or two. I wanted Alice’s POV.

    13. Astonishingly good! What a very well written novel this is. I was so glad I won it via 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. This one does, it does it really well. Oliver, we meet at the start of the book, he's just put his wife Alice in hospital through a violent beating. We go from there on a journey into what MADE Oliver the man/monst [...]

    14. "They would capture the sunlight in their cloaks and smuggle it back to their kingdom and share it with their people."And yet there was no warmth of that sun falling upon Oliver even from an early age. You might even say that Oliver, himself, blocked the sun from shining on those in his circle. No light life.Liz Nugent presents the arc of the wheel turning in a completely different direction than most novels dealing with sociopathic behavior. Instead of a straight-on story concentrating solely o [...]

    15. Find all of my reviews at: 52bookminimum/Shout out to all my homies who have given this many of the Starzzzzzz . . . . And to you, my dearest Shelby . . . . Meet Oliver . . . . “I expected more of a reaction the first time I hit her.”If you’re absolutely horrible like me when you read that opening line you might have been going . . . . But by page 10 I knew that Oliver would most definitely not be my new Joe because he escalated the above-quoted situation purrrrrrty hardcore before he real [...]

    16. 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 surprised.”He then goes on to provide a brief summary the circumstances of his and Alice's life, and what lead up to this event. He also tells us what happened just before, and just after the event.Ali [...]

    17. 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 her into a coma"After reading the blurb of this novel I wasn't sure I wanted to read this book and the first sentence of the book left me a little shell shocked. I expected more of a reaction the first ti [...]

    18. 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 one night in Dublin suburbia.The story spans almost 50 years, told from the point of view of Oliver but also from the perspective of those he encountered over these years each individual tells their story [...]

    19. This book has been at my side since last night until I finished it this afternoon sat in the car outside of the Supermarket! Talk about addicted.Unravelling Oliver.I wondered about the title. But I have discovered its very apt for the story. Really good, Oliver is like and onion, several layers of him, and the more you take one off, the more there is beneath. Never ends. Getting to the core takes time.I think that is where the word " protagonist" comes into play. The dramatic start to this book [...]

    20. With the current trend in domestic noir exerting a firm grip on the crime genre at the moment, I must confess that I have started and failed to finish a number of recent offerings. Having recently taken part in the blog tour for Unravelling Oliver by Liz Nugent, my interest was, however, piqued by this one, reading the first chapter over five days on five blogs. Billed as being similar in style to both Patricia Highsmith and Barbara Vine (two authors that I admire greatly) I did embark on this b [...]

    21. This book was enjoyable on so many levels! I went in actually expecting it to be a DNF, but I really liked the cover LOL and boy was I am pleasantly surprised. I felt like I was actually a part of the story watching it unfold in person, that is how rich the writing was to me. I found myself relating to several of the characters on different levels which is not something I’ve been able to stay for several of the books I’ve read recently. Essentially this novel is about a sociopath who finally [...]

    22. I really enjoyed this read and fully engaged with the story unfolding, which was told from various points of view of the people who knew Oliver, giving important background to his behaviour and actions. Having said that, nothing can excuse his actions in my opinion. My only disappointment was the ending I didn`t feel that this rang true to Oliver at all.

    23. Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a free electronic ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. “Unraveling Oliver” by Liz Nugent is one hell of a gripping tale. Oliver Ryan is an author of children’s books, and he lives a seemingly storybook life himself, married to the quiet and demure Alice, his illustrator. One night it all changes, when Oliver beats Alice into unconsciousness. As Alice struggles to heal, we learn the truth about the real Oliver, and w [...]

    24. I tried. I really tried. I even tried to read other books and then return to it, but I couldn’t finish it. DNF @ 79% It is not a dark and twisted thriller. It isn’t a thriller at all. It’s more a portrait of a vile and egocentric human being, rendered by different people who knew him once in his life. I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

    25. *4.5 stars, but why be stingy? I kind of loved this one."I expected more of a reaction the first time I hit her." What an opening line!So yeah, this book opens with a horrific crime- when Oliver assaults his wife, Alice. Then the story works backwards to show how Oliver arrived at that moment. It becomes apparent that Oliver is a sociopath. Whether his sociopathy was a result of his upbringing or whether he was born that way is left for the reader to decide. Throughout the story I was constantly [...]

    26. Oliver Ryan lives in Dublin with his wife Alice. Under the pen name of Vincent Dax, Oliver writes successful children’s books, which Alice illustrates. One night Oliver beats Alice so violently that she ends up in a coma. We learn of these shocking events at the very beginning of this novel and then, gradually, we hear from other people involved with either Alice or Oliver and discover what led to his violent outburst.This is an unusual novel in that you begin by feeling revulsion at Oliver’ [...]

    27. After reading the authors second novel, Lying In Wait, I was excited to read this considering I had thoroughly enjoyed her first book. The blurb sounded intriguing but unfortunately I found the storyline too confusing and slapdash to be able to enjoy properly. This just goes to show how variable some authors writing can be. I anticipated that the story be told from the perspective of Oliver, the bad guy - the one the reader really wants to know about, but instead it's told from so many different [...]

    28. Review/rating to come!! Couldn't put this one down - not at all what I expected, but really great!

    29. In terms of opening lines, Unraveling Oliver has one of the best I’ve ever read. “I expected more of a reaction the first time I hit her.” Its chilling and really sets the tone for the book, it sure grabbed my attention and held onto it. This is definitely a one sitting type of read, not only because it’s under 300 pages, but because it’s compelling and even if it had been much longer I still think I would’ve been just as hooked. What makes this such a standout, for me at least, is t [...]

    30. The story starts off with Oliver telling the reader that he has beaten his wife and put her in the hospital. The following chapters, written by friends and acquaintances and Oliver himself, do in fact "unravel" Oliver, telling parts of his life story as they each see it. The story is dark, psychologically-charged, and fascinating. I'd be interested in discussing Oliver's last lie with other readers--a lie that he felt was in the best interests of another. Was it? Or does the truth empower you, s [...]

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