Liz Nugent has worked in Irish film, theatre, and television for most of her adult life. She is an awardwinning 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. Aside from writing, Nugent has led workshops in writing drama for broadcast, produced and managed literary salons, interviewed other writers, and curated the literary strand of Skibbereen Arts Festival in July 2016. She lives in Dublin. Website: liznugent.ie. Twitter: @lizzienugent.
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Reviews of Unraveling Oliver:
- “Set in Ireland, the novel consists of first-person monologues by Oliver and several other characters which serve to explain how he could have done such a heinous thing” – In the Washington Post
- “A 360-degree view of a sociopath’s development, this book is better qualified as a psychological profile than a psychological thriller” – At Crime by the Book
- “The story delves into the life of a man, Oliver Ryan, whose blows one day send his wife into a coma” – At Vilma Iris
- “I have read my way out of anxiety, loneliness and depression. Not from the subject matter, just the mere fact that I can live in a different world when I pick up a book and take my mind off whatever is bothering me” – In the Irish Times
Oliver Ryan, a charismatic, successful man, is happily married to Alice, an illustrator for his award-winning children’s books. She devotedly cares for him, and their marriage is an envy to outsiders – until, one evening, Oliver delivers blows to Alice that render her comatose.
As Alice hovers between life and death in the hospital, their circle of friends try to understand what drove Oliver to commit this astonishing act of brutality. Oliver tells his story, peeling away the layers to reveal a life of shame, envy, and manipulation. Unraveling Oliver is a disturbing and brilliantly written page-turner about how a human being becomes a sociopath.