|By (author):||Nugent, Liz|
|Subject:||FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General|
|FICTION / Psychological|
|FICTION / Thrillers / Psychological|
|FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense|
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster|
|Size:||9.00in x 6.00in x 0.75in|
|From The Publisher*||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.
|Review Quote*||"Outstanding . . . The tension subtly rises as Oliver's past unravels, revealing a loveless childhood rooted in religious hypocrisy. Nugent presents a fresh look at a man hiding his violent personality in this intense character study."|
|Review Quote*||"Pitch-black and superbly written."|
|Review Quote*||"A dark secret life is at the center of Nugent's debut novel. . . . Nugent may be used to spending her life behind the scenes. But she'll be in the foreground for the foreseeable future."|
|Review Quote*||"[A] page turner . . . vivid."|
|Review Quote*||"A gripping and powerful read."|
|Review Quote*||"Secrecy and sadness permeate this rich debut novel . . . readers are skillfully given glimpses of events and of the resulting devastation that Oliver so nonchalantly metes out."|
|Review Quote*||"Already an award-winning debut in the author's native Ireland, this will attract fans of domestic suspense . . . readers will eagerly turn the pages all the way to the shocking conclusion."|
|Review Quote*||"Each year, a small handful of books are selected as "Buzz Books" at the BookExpo of America conference-a sign that a book . . . has the makings of a hit. This year, Liz Nugent's Unraveling Oliver is one of those books."|
|Review Quote*||"Top-notch 'grip lit."|