Unraveling Oliver: A Novel

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“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 shocking last page.
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About the author

Liz Nugent has worked in Irish film, theater, and television for most of her adult life. She is an award-winning writer of radio and television drama and has written critically acclaimed short stories both for children and adults, as well as the novels Unraveling Oliver and Lying in Wait. She lives in Dublin. Visit her at LizNugent.ie or follow her on Twitter at @Lizzienugent.

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Aug 22, 2017
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Fiction / Psychological
Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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LIZ NUGENT är en irländsk författare som gjorde stor succé med sin debutroman Unravelling Oliver. Hon har även nominerats till det prestigefyllda irländska litteraturpriset Francis McManus Short Story Award. Tyst väntan [Lying in Wait] är hennes hyllade andra roman.

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El hombre perfecto

El monstruo perfecto

Oliver Ryan es la personificación del éxito y el carisma. Vive en el mejor barrio residencial de Dublín, los libros infantiles que escribe no dejan de recibir premios y su mujer, Alice, le ama y admira incondicionalmente. Toda su vida es una envidiable sucesión de privilegios y comodidades. Hasta que una noche después de cenar Oliver ataca a Alice y la golpea hasta dejarla en coma.

Mientras quienes le rodean tratan de comprender este terrible acto de brutalidad, Oliver cuenta su historia. También lo hacen todos aquellos con cuyos caminos se cruzó durante cinco décadas, ofreciendo piezas de un puzzle que deja al descubierto una asombrosa historia de humillación, envidia, terribles mentiras y magistral manipulación.

Todos piensan que conocen a Oliver Ryan. A partir de esa noche descubrirán que nadie le conoce enabsoluto.

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«Un debut formidable.»
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«La compulsión de seguir leyendo no se desvanece en ningún momento y, lo que es más impresionante, el final no se hunde bajo el peso de las expectativas. El bueno de Oliver es una lectura inagotablemente gratificante.»
Sunday Times

«Apasionante, inteligente y oscura... La devorarás.»
Heat Magazine

«Solo sé que estuve despierto hasta las tres de la mañana para terminarla, algo que no recuerdo haber hecho jamás con una novela.»
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