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Unravelling Oliver [Kindle Edition]

Liz Nugent
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)

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Book Description

WINNER - IBA Crime Fiction Book of the Year 2014



'Compelling, clever and dark, unlike any other psychological thriller you will have read before ... you'll gobble it up in one go.'
Heat Magazine



'Gone Girl meets The Spinning Heart ... a great cracking read ... I couldn't put it down' Ryan Tubridy, RTÉ



'The compulsion to continue reading never wanes and most impressively the ending doesn't buckle under the weight of expectation ... a persistently satisfying read' Sunday Times



'A page-turning, one-sitting read from a brand new master of psychological suspense' Sunday Independent



'An ambitiously structured and compelling "whydunnit"' Daily Mail



'Formidable' Irish Times



'Reminiscent of The Book of Evidence' RTE Guide



'We read this in one sitting ... satisfyingly unnerving.' Woman's Way



'All I know is I stayed awake until 3am to finish it, which I haven't done with a new novel for longer than I can remember.' Irish Independent



'The best opening line you'll read all year ... and you'll keep reading' Sinead Crowley, RTE Arts Correspondent



'Her writing is stylish, the characters are vivid and the line of the story is all too real and plausible. Can't recommend it highly enough.' Rick O'Shea, 2FM



'A superb and compelling terrifying book' Sinead Desmond, TV3



'Just read a book in one sitting. Last time I managed that was about twenty years ago. The book was Liz Nugent's Unravelling Oliver' Declan Burke, CrimeAlwaysPays.ie



'A kind of Irish Mr Ripley ... Gripping, thought-provoking' Darragh McManus, arts journalist



'I read this book over a 24 hour period. I seriously could not put it down.' Writing.ie



'Magnificent ... compulsively readable ... stunning, shock and superb' Frank McGuinness



'I expected more of a reaction the first time I hit her.'



Liz Nugent's gripping novel of psychological suspense, Unravelling Oliver, is a complex and elegant study of the making of a sociopath in the tradition of Barbara Vine and Patricia Highsmith.



Oliver Ryan is a handsome and charismatic success story. He lives in the suburbs with his wife, Alice, who illustrates his award-winning children's books and gives him her unstinting devotion. Their life together is one of enviable privilege and ease - enviable until, one evening after supper, Oliver attacks Alice and beats her into a coma.



In the aftermath, as everyone tries to make sense of his astonishing act of savagery, Oliver tells his story. So do those whose paths he has crossed over five decades. What unfolds is a story of shame, envy, breath-taking deception and masterful manipulation.



Only Oliver knows the lengths to which he has had to go to get the life to which he felt entitled. But even he is in for a shock when the past catches up with him.



Liz Nugent has worked in Irish film, theatre and television for most of her adult life. She is an award-winning writer of radio and television drama and has written short stories for children and adults. Unravelling Oliver is her first novel.



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The compulsion to continue reading never wanes ... a persistently satisfying read. (Sunday Times)

A page-turning, one-sitting read from a brand new master of psychological suspense (Sunday Independent)

Formidable (Irish Times)

About the Author

Liz Nugent has worked in Irish film, theatre and television for most of her adult life. She is an award-winning writer of radio and television drama and has written short stories for children and adults. Unravelling Oliver is her first novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 963 KB
  • Print Length: 235 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1844883094
  • Publisher: Penguin Ireland (6 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844883094
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844883097
  • ASIN: B00F10Z4HI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,069 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificently constructed. 6 Mar. 2014
By Liz Wilkins TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Thank you to the publisher for the advance copy.

Oliver Ryan is a handsome and charismatic success story. He lives in the leafy suburbs with his wife, Alice, who illustrates his award-winning children’s books and gives him her unstinting devotion. Their life together is one of enviable privilege and ease – enviable until, one evening after supper, Oliver attacks Alice and puts her into a coma.
In the aftermath, as everyone tries to make sense of his astonishing act of savagery, Oliver tells his story. So do those whose paths he has crossed over five decades. What unfolds is a story of shame, envy, breath-taking deception and masterful manipulation.

To say this book was gripping would be to put it mildly. And I don’t think I have seen a book so aptly titled in a long time. Unravelling Oliver is exactly right. Oliver and Alice seem to have the perfect marriage – he writes childrens books, she illustrates them, and a fair few people are envious of what they have together. Then one night for no apparent reason, Oliver beats Alice, severely and without mercy. But why? What exactly made him crack?

What follows is a compelling and comprehensive “unravelling” of the man behind the mask – told from various points of view, including Oliver’s, we begin to build a picture of the true nature of both the marriage and the people. As those that crossed Oliver’s path over the years tell their story you will be fascinated, sometimes horrified but always urged onwards, unable to look away.

This is terrific writing because there are many strands to this one – Oliver’s childhood, his formative relationships, background filled in by those who knew him.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A man unravelled! 6 Mar. 2014
By C. Bannister TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
Unravelling Oliver is one of those books that I knew I would love as soon as I started reading it.
‘I expected more of a reaction the first time I hit her.’
These words written by Oliver about what he did to his wife on 12 November 2011 in Dublin. After I had read his words I was chilled, here appears to be a man with no remorse and no motive so what made Oliver batter his wife Alice so badly that she was left in a coma.

The publishers, Penguin Ireland, tell us; ‘Unravelling Oliver, is a complex and elegant study of the making of a sociopath in the tradition of Barbara Vine and Patricia Highsmith,’ and I can’t disagree.

In this tradition Liz Nugent has employed some of the characters that Oliver Ryan came into contact with during the five decades of his life to reveal small but telling details. Told as if they are giving interviews to the media as monologues, each character gives us a little more insight into Oliver’s character and the events that shaped his life. Barney who was Alice’s boyfriend before Oliver and met him the night he attacked Alice is the first to have his say but there are plenty of others who have encountered Oliver during his life. Throughout the book Oliver, and others who have met him, unwrap the things he thought he had kept hidden and unravel his life, so that as readers we get an insight into the why of this charismatic, but deeply flawed character.
The originality, cleverness and fantastic characters which peel back the layers of Oliver over the years along with evidence of previous events presented in one way by Oliver and another by alternative narrators was a sheer delight to read.

I am delighted that the publishers gave me a copy of this book in return for my honest review as I wouldn’t have wanted to miss meeting Oliver Ryan!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stayed up half the night... 16 April 2014
By Helen
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a gripping book. I'd intended to only read a couple of chapters but I found myself staying up for hours to finish it one go. It's not a thriller per se, but it certainly is thrilling.

The opening is shocking in its brutality. To start with domestic violence - and to have that violence told from the point of view of the wife-beater himself - is a daring and clever move. It would be remarkably easy from that point on to feel little but disgust for the eponymous Oliver. However, Nugent deftly weaves in other storylines, moving backwards and forwards through time and including scenes where you feel nothing but sympathy for him and his shocking upbringing. It's neither presented as a cliche or an excuse for his behaviour, which makes it work all the better. I found my emotions and opinions manipulated and twisted at every turn.

Unravelling Oliver is told from multiple viewpoints and each new voice rings true. I often find that novels which switch viewpoints in this manner irritate me because I get drawn into one character just as the author leaves off and switches to another. However, I didn't feel this when reading this book. Nugent times each switch perfectly so that as soon as you get to the end of one 'voice', you're dying to read the next one to find out what new information will be provided. This is so much more than a tale of abuse: at the heart there's a complex 'unravelling' not only of Oliver but of the plot and its affairs. The final revelation is gripping.

Now that I've finished it, I'm still not sure whether I'm repelled by Oliver or whether I want to give him a great big hug and tell him it's all going to be alright. I do know that I'll be on the lookout for more from Liz Nugent though!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and fresh and DARK as hell
First published on www.betweenmylines.com

This book is getting a lot of hype here at the moment so I was a bit nervous starting it as hyped books and Trish often don’t... Read more
Published 3 hours ago by Trish @ Between My Lines
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good story, a little disappointed with the end
Published 4 hours ago by joanne austen
2.0 out of 5 stars page turner but....
A short book so read in one sitting. Predictable & disappointing end
Published 3 days ago by Beverley Dew
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic
Published 4 days ago by Lesley McLellan
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally, totally addictive
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. Read more
Published 4 days ago by read-along-with-sue
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book...at last an enjoyable book with a brilliant ending
Read this book...At last a book that is not only a page turner but has an equally good ending! Amazing
Published 4 days ago by sammie
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing book!
Alice and Oliver Ryan seem a normal married couple. Oliver is a successful children’s author whilst Alice illustrates his books. Read more
Published 4 days ago by E Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Oliver is not a nice man. Unravelling Oliver starts shockingly with...
Oliver is not a nice man.

Unravelling Oliver starts shockingly with the description of how he beat his wife and leaves her in a coma, Oliver is totally nonplussed at... Read more
Published 4 days ago by tracy
4.0 out of 5 stars Unravelling Oliver
This book was highly recommended to me. Whilst I liked and enjoyed it, I didn’t find it to be the compellingly brilliant book I’d been told about. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Damo Green
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I was hooked from the very first chapter but from halfway through the story became predictable and fizzled out. Very disappointed and it could have been so good.
Published 8 days ago by sarahjane scully
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