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Anywho, I have a review for you all today! It is for the book Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent.
I received this book from Simon & Schuster, but this doesn’t effect my opinion on the book at all!
Alright, let’s jump into the review!
Pages: 240 Pages
Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press
Published: August 22nd, 2017
Genre: Fiction, Thriller, and Mystery
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
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This novel is one that I was so excited to read for the longest time. When I received it from Simon & Schuster, I was so ecstatic and decided to pick it up right away.
I was expecting this novel to have loads of drama and creepy dialogue/scenes, and for the most part it definitely did have a lot of that, but it wasn’t as much as I was hoping for. I personally, was hoping for a novel that would thoroughly creep me out and have me at the edge of my seat, which this one didn’t necessarily accomplish.
The characters in this novel were interesting enough. Each chapter switched between different characters that would give their stories about our main character Oliver and give us some insight into his life. Through each person’s stories we slowly began to figure out who Oliver really was and why he hurt his wife in the beginning of the novel.
I have to admit that reading about Oliver was definitely intriguing. It was sad to hear about his childhood troubles, and it was interesting learning why he did the things that he did and why he was the way that he is.
We also got to meet a wide array of characters throughout this novel, and I think my favourite had to be Oliver and Alice’s neighbour (whose name I have seem to forgotten). This character was such a fun and interesting POV to read from and she definitely had a lot going on, which made my reading experience a lot more fun for any chapter she was a part of.
The plot of this novel definitely takes time to heat up. I found myself getting bored with the beginning chapters because not a whole lot was going on, but as the story began to progress we got to know more about what the mystery was, and that made the novel something you couldn’t tear your eyes away from. I may not have been obsessed for the reasons I was hoping for, but I was definitely obsessed to figure out what really happened and why.
I thought the writing of this novel was amazing. Especially since there were so many different perspectives to write from, I think Liz Nugent did an amazing job. Reading from the perspective of Alice’s brother who had a mental disability was also an incredibly eye opening and heartbreaking experience. It was something I’ve never faced when reading, and I’m really happy that I was able to do so during this novel.
All in all, this novel wasn’t what I expected it to be, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a interesting and thought provoking read. I would definitely recommend this book, but just be aware that it’s not as creepy and sinister and you may have thought.
Alright, that concludes my review for Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent.
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