Unraveling Oliver

Unraveling Oliver

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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, neighbors, 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, detailing how an ordinary man can transform into a sociopath.
Publisher: New York : Scout Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, 2017
Edition: First Scout Press hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781501173387
1501173383
9781501167751
1501167758
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: 260 pages ; 24 cm

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carolefort
Dec 25, 2017

The story begins with Oliver Ryan, a best-selling children's author, violently beating his wife, who is also the illustrator of his books. From that point on, the novel goes back in time. Each chapter is narrated by a different person, each involved in the life of Oliver. Unraveling Oliver peels back the layers of Oliver's life, leading up to the domestic violence, revealing how his life brought him to sink to such a level.. I highly recommend this book, especially if you like reading psychological suspense. There is much to enjoy here. A captivating read.

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dcafk
Dec 09, 2017

Fantastic novel.

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talk2terih
Oct 26, 2017

This book skillfully chronicles the psychological dysfunction of the titular character, Oliver. The author takes us past sympathy for his painful childhood to loathing for the cold, manipulative, destructive adult he becomes.

It is neither an easy nor pleasant read, but it is an instructive glimpse into the making of a psychopath and the swath of destruction one can wreak in the lives of those he leaves in his wake.

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abcDena
Aug 25, 2017

Ripleyesque. Fantastic.

We know from page one that Oliver is not who the world thinks he is, but every time I thought I had him pegged, there was a new twist. With each revelation from his friends and acquaintances, this book got better and better for me. Gripping, dark, entertaining and surprisingly socially relevant.
~Alexa

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