Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent

Unraveling 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 more of a reaction the first time I hit her." So begins Liz Nugent's astonishing debut novel--a chilling, elegantl...

Details Unraveling Oliver

TitleUnraveling Oliver
Release DateFeb 6th, 2018
PublisherGallery/Scout Press
GenreFiction, Thriller, Mystery, Mystery Thriller, Crime, Psychological Thriller, Suspense

Reviews Unraveling Oliver

  • Melissa
    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 fir...
  • Kaceey
    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 journ...
  • Elyse
    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 ...
  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    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 sp...
  • Carol
    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 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...
  • Arah-Lynda
    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 acquaintance...
  • Diane S ☔
    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...
  • j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]
    ALL THE STARS FOR THIS FASCINATING CHARACTER PROFILE OF A MONSTER!Dark, sobering, sad and thought provoking. Absolutely loved it.
  • Carol
    I love these dark and juicy, chilling and creepy psychological thrillers. They are wonderful palate cleansing experiences!
  • Maria Espadinha
    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, p...
  • *TANYA*
    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.
  • Linda
    "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....no life.Liz Nugent presents the arc of the wheel turning in a completely different direction than most novels dealing with sociopathic behavio...
  • Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
    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. 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 ...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/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...
  • Alice
    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 ...
  • Dem
    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 s...
  • Mo
    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 o...
  • ReadAlong With Sue
    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"...
  • Raven
    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 aut...
  • Frank Phillips
    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. Essen...
  • Natalie Richards
    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. I really enjoyed this read and fully engaged with the story unfolding, which was told fr...
  • Erin Clemence
    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 hea...
  • leslye
    *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 rea...
  • Susan
    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 i...
  • Laura
    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 a...
  • Amy
    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...
  • Bam
    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...
  • Aditi
    “There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.” ----Laurell K. Hamilton, #1 New York Times bestselling author Liz Nugent, an Irish author, captivated our hearts and minds with her dark thriller, Unravelling Oliver which centers around the revelation of true identity of a popular writer of children's books.Synopsis: Oliver Ryan is a handsome and charismatic success story. He lives in ...
  • Menia
    readathon 17: 45 συγγραφέας με λιγότερα από 3 βιβλία (και γυναίκα συγγραφέας)η αλήθεια είναι ψυχολογικό θρίλερ δεν το λες, ένα κοινωνικό δράμα θα μπορούσες να πεις,το θέμα είναι τελικά ότι δε με ικανοποίησε η εξήγηση της βίαιης συμπεριφοράς του προς τη γυ...