Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent

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The following is a short summary of this novel from Goodreads:

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

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, neighbours, 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.

This was an exceptional novel, and the summary of the book is exactly what made me want to read it. I hadn’t read any reviews of the book before I read it, so I thought why not write one and maybe persuade a fellow reader to give it a go?! Unraveling Oliver was an intriguing thriller that outlines the life of the main character, Oliver Ryan, and everything that led him to that one night when he assaulted his wife for the first time. 

This novel had decent character development, but some characters could have been more thoroughly described to allow for a better analysis of their characteristics. The novel itself was definitely suspenseful, but not necessarily a thriller though. I’d say that I was captivated from the start, as Oliver is a very intriguing character. The novel outlines his childhood bit by bit, all leading up to his future circumstances in a sort of puzzle as you try to piece together the aspects of his childhood that ultimately lead to his future. The chapters alternate between different time periods, as well as characters, from their point of view which definitely kept the book going for me. these alternating chapters was very interesting and I found myself looking forward to reading the certain point of view of specific characters.

All in all, this is a great book for individuals who enjoy reading psychological mysteries, and enjoy the alternating chapters. If you’re interested in this book, you can purchase it on Amazon and if you use this link to purchase the book, I’ll make a small commission from it. Thank you very much for reading, I truly appreciate it. 💕


Author: El

Hi there, I'm El! I am currently in university studying history and criminology. I absolutely love coffee, photography, blogging, hiking, and reading. I take a lot of pride in ensuring my blog is of high quality and that the content is something that people will genuinely enjoy reading. Please leave a comment on any one of my posts, I truly appreciate it!

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