Unravelling Oliver

Liz Nugent

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.


'I expected more of a reaction the first time i hit her'

Oliver is stunned by his own actions. In the aftermath, as everyone tries to make sense of his astonishing act of savagery, he tells his story. So do those whose paths he has crossed over five decades. What unfolds is both tragic and monstrous, a story of shame, envy, breath-taking deception and masterful manipulation.


Only Oliver knows what he had to do to get the life he craved, and to which he felt entitled. But even he is in for a shock when the past finally catches up with him.


'Unravelling Oliver' won the Best Crime Novel award at the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2014.


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“A page-turning, one-sitting read from a brand new master of psychological suspense” - Sunday Independent


“Compelling, clever and dark ... you'll gobble it up” - Heat Magazine


“Persistently satisfying” - Sunday Times


“Formidable” - Irish Times


“I stayed awake until 3am to finish it” - Irish Independent


“Startlingly good” - Irish Examiner


“A superbly paced and shocking story”- Sunday Mirror


“Compelling, clever and dark, unlike any other psychological thriller you will have read before” ... you'll gobble it up in one go - Heat Magazine

“The compulsion to continue reading never wanes ... a persistently satisfying read” - Sunday Times

“Truly excellent, beautifully written ... strongly recommended” - Sophie Hannah

“A page-turning, one-sitting read from a brand new master of psychological suspense” - Sunday Independent


“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 is a handsome and charismatic success story.

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