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Unravelling Oliver (2014)

por Liz Nugent

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Fiction. Literature. Suspense. Thriller. HTML:"Searing, searching, finally scorching. Think Making a Murderer via Patricia Highsmith: an elegant kaleidoscope novel that refines and combines multiple perspectives until its subject is brought into indelible, tragic focus." ??A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

"Pitch-black and superbly written." ??Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in Cabin 10

"Top-notch grip lit...incredibly brilliant." ??Marian Keyes, New York Times bestselling author
Oliver Ryan has the perfect life. Elegant and seductive, he wants for nothing, sharing a lovely home with his steadfast wife, Alice, who illustrates the award-winning children's books that have brought him wealth and fame. Until one evening, after eating the dinner Alice has carefully prepared, Oliver savagely assaults her and leaves her for dead.

But why?

The people who know Oliver can only speculate about the reasons behind his brutal act: his empty-headed mistress Moya, vain and petulant; Veronique, the French chatelaine who tragically lost everything the summer she employed him in her vineyard; Alice's friend Barney, who has nursed an unrequited love for her since childhood; Oliver's college pal Michael, struggling with voiceless longings that have shamed him for years. What none of them understands is the dark secret that lies behind his immaculate façade.

The revelations that come to light as the layers of Oliver's past are peeled away are as brutal as his singular act of violence. His decades of careful deception have masked a life irrevocably marked by abandonment, envy, and shame??and as the details of that life are laid bare, Oliver discovers that outrunning his demons is harder than it looks.

With its insight into the mind of a psychopath emerging from the wreckage of his own misbegotten past, Unraveling Oliver is a chilling page-turner, brilliantly crafted and unexpectedly moving, by a stunning new voice in fiction. Liz Nugent "presents a fresh look at a man hiding his violent personality in this intense character study" (Publishers Weekly, starred review). As powerful as Patricia Highsmith's unforgettable noir classic, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Unraveling Oliver will enthrall you from its mesmerizing opening line to its equally shock
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This book really gets mixed reviews, people seem to either love it or hate it! I loved it! I do think it's probably better on audio with the different narrators. After reading Liz Nugent's new book, Strange Sally Diamond, I decided to read her earlier books as well. So glad I read this, very good! I have another one of her books, Little Cruelties, lined up next! ( )
  Dianekeenoy | Oct 2, 2023 |
Personally, I had a very difficult time getting through this book. I am not one to start a book then not finish it. There were only two different sections of this book that actually held my interest and they were part of the same scenario just held at different times in the story. The ending left me feeling like it was unfinished. ( )
  SRQlover | Jul 18, 2023 |
A lot of build up and very little reward.
This could have been so much better, if Oliver had been far more of a psychopath, instead everything is revealed in the last few chapters but most of it was already figured out by then.
The author can definitely write I just hope her other books are better. ( )
  zmagic69 | Mar 31, 2023 |
This book is an unusual crime-related novel in that we know from the beginning who committed the crime and what occurred: Oliver has beaten his wife into a coma. There are no detectives, police investigation, evidence collection, or a trial. Instead, it is a psychological portrait of a sociopath. Oliver and seven of his friends, neighbors, and acquaintances reveal his background, history, family issues, and other personal details, which ultimately resulted in his abuse of his wife. The hook lies in gradually revealing fragments of the story that describe Oliver’s behavior over time. Each narrator provides another piece of the puzzle, and keeps the reader turning the pages to find out more.

The author does an admirable job of writing the eight first-person accounts using different voices. The writing is straight-forward, and the overall tone is sad and tragic. The characters are well-formed but be forewarned that the protagonist is extremely unpleasant, and his narrative contains statements of questionable accuracy and outright lies. Even though I do not read much crime fiction, I found myself applauding the author for constructing the story in such an engrossing manner. Unraveling Oliver is the author’s debut. It won the Crime Fiction prize in the 2014 Irish Book Awards. ( )
  Castlelass | Oct 30, 2022 |
This book was a recommendation based on another author Catherine Ryan Howard who’s books I really like. This book started out really interesting but the ending fell flat for me. The “twists” were a bit vague as well. Not a very exciting read. ( )
  Jen-Lynn | Aug 1, 2022 |
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Fiction. Literature. Suspense. Thriller. HTML:"Searing, searching, finally scorching. Think Making a Murderer via Patricia Highsmith: an elegant kaleidoscope novel that refines and combines multiple perspectives until its subject is brought into indelible, tragic focus." ??A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

"Pitch-black and superbly written." ??Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in Cabin 10

"Top-notch grip lit...incredibly brilliant." ??Marian Keyes, New York Times bestselling author
Oliver Ryan has the perfect life. Elegant and seductive, he wants for nothing, sharing a lovely home with his steadfast wife, Alice, who illustrates the award-winning children's books that have brought him wealth and fame. Until one evening, after eating the dinner Alice has carefully prepared, Oliver savagely assaults her and leaves her for dead.

But why?

The people who know Oliver can only speculate about the reasons behind his brutal act: his empty-headed mistress Moya, vain and petulant; Veronique, the French chatelaine who tragically lost everything the summer she employed him in her vineyard; Alice's friend Barney, who has nursed an unrequited love for her since childhood; Oliver's college pal Michael, struggling with voiceless longings that have shamed him for years. What none of them understands is the dark secret that lies behind his immaculate façade.

The revelations that come to light as the layers of Oliver's past are peeled away are as brutal as his singular act of violence. His decades of careful deception have masked a life irrevocably marked by abandonment, envy, and shame??and as the details of that life are laid bare, Oliver discovers that outrunning his demons is harder than it looks.

With its insight into the mind of a psychopath emerging from the wreckage of his own misbegotten past, Unraveling Oliver is a chilling page-turner, brilliantly crafted and unexpectedly moving, by a stunning new voice in fiction. Liz Nugent "presents a fresh look at a man hiding his violent personality in this intense character study" (Publishers Weekly, starred review). As powerful as Patricia Highsmith's unforgettable noir classic, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Unraveling Oliver will enthrall you from its mesmerizing opening line to its equally shock

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