Unraveling Oliver

Unraveling Oliver

eBook - 2018
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A chilling, elegantly crafted, and psychologically astute exploration of human behavior and the nature of evil."I expected more of a reaction the first time I hit her." Oliver Ryan, a handsome, charismatic, and successful man, is happily married to his wife, Alice, who illustrates the award-winning children's books he writes and devotedly cares for him in their comfortable suburban home. Their life together is one of enviable privilege and ease--until, one evening after a delightful dinner, Oliver delivers blows to Alice that render her comatose. As Alice hovers between life and death in her hospital bed, the couple's circle of friends, neighbors, and acquaintances try to understand what could have driven Oliver to commit such an astonishing act of savagery. Oliver tells his story, peeling away the layers to reveal a life of shame, envy, breath-taking deception, and masterful manipulation. As details about his past catch up with him, even he is in for a shock. Unraveling Oliver is a complex, disturbing, and brilliantly written page-turner about how and why a human being transforms into a sociopath.
Publisher: 2018
ISBN: 9781501191282
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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gbroser
Feb 21, 2018

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

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Sara0113
Feb 07, 2018

Storyline was good, just slow moving with an anticlimactic ending.

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Kawcity
Feb 02, 2018

This book is a refreshing find for a new year! Author Liz Nugent has skillfully crafted a good tale that capitalizes on the haunting loss innocently perceived by persons victimized by the cruel undertow of deception. Nugent’s writing style is reminiscent of that of Ruth Rendell, who for decades reigned as the queen of psychological mystery. It has been quite some time since I have devoured a book with such enjoyment.

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carolefort
Dec 25, 2017

The story begins with Oliver Ryan, a best-selling children's author, violently beating his wife, who is also the illustrator of his books. From that point on, the novel goes back in time. Each chapter is narrated by a different person, each involved in the life of Oliver. Unraveling Oliver peels back the layers of Oliver's life, leading up to the domestic violence, revealing how his life brought him to sink to such a level.. I highly recommend this book, especially if you like reading psychological suspense. There is much to enjoy here. A captivating read.

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dcafk
Dec 09, 2017

Fantastic novel.

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talk2terih
Oct 26, 2017

This book skillfully chronicles the psychological dysfunction of the titular character, Oliver. The author takes us past sympathy for his painful childhood to loathing for the cold, manipulative, destructive adult he becomes.

It is neither an easy nor pleasant read, but it is an instructive glimpse into the making of a psychopath and the swath of destruction one can wreak in the lives of those he leaves in his wake.

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abcDena
Aug 25, 2017

Ripleyesque. Fantastic.

We know from page one that Oliver is not who the world thinks he is, but every time I thought I had him pegged, there was a new twist. With each revelation from his friends and acquaintances, this book got better and better for me. Gripping, dark, entertaining and surprisingly socially relevant.
~Alexa

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