“Outstanding… The tension subtly rises as Oliver’s past unravels, revealing a loveless childhood rooted in religious hypocrisy. Nugent presents a fresh look at a man hiding his violent personality in this intense character study.” (-- Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“Pitch-black and superbly written.” (Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author of IN A DARK, DARK WOOD )
“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, author of The Woman in the Window )
“'I expected more of a reaction the first time I hit her.’ From that searing opening line, the 'who' and the 'what' of this unnerving psychological thriller are never in doubt.. it’s the 'why' that fascinates as Nugent expertly peels back the layers to reveal the truth.” (PEOPLE)
"A dark secret life is at the center of Nugent's debut novel... Nugent may be used to spending her life behind the scenes. But she'll be in the foreground for the foreseeable future."
"A gripping and powerful read."
(Literary Hub (lithub.com))
“Already an award-winning debut in the author’s native Ireland, this will attract fans of domestic suspense… readers will eagerly turn the pages all the way to the shocking conclusion.” (Library Journal)
"Each year, a small handful of books are selected as “Buzz Books” at the BookExpo of America conference — a sign that a book.. has the makings of a hit. This year, Liz Nugent’s Unraveling Oliver is one of those books."
"Top-notch 'grip lit." (Marian Keyes, New York Times bestselling author )
"The compulsion to continue reading never wanes and most impressively the ending doesn't buckle under the weight of expectation ... a persistently satisfying read." (Sunday Times)
"A page-turning, one-sitting read from a brand new master of psychological suspense." (Sunday Independent)
"'Compelling, clever and dark, unlike any other psychological thriller you will have read before ... you'll gobble it up in one go." (Heat Magazine)
“A clammy and compelling psychological thriller… The eerily detached Ryan is a spectacularly unreliable narrator.” (Seattle Times)
"A pyschopath's true face is reflected in a vast hall of mirrors--friends, family, and lovers--in this gripping, original tale." (Erica Ferencik, author of The River at Night )
"Truly excellent, beautifully written ... strongly recommended." (Sophie Hannah, New York Times bestselling author )
"A great psychological suspense masterpiece that shows a criminal sociopath behind an innocent face... This novel of psychological suspense will enchant and haunt." (Washington Book Review)
A "highly entertaining and aesthetically satisfying novel — a book that stretches the limits of crime fiction... Nugent’s other exceptional asset is her skill as a plotter. She assembles the pieces of Oliver’s past to form a rich and coherent design." (The Washington Post)
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. She lives in Dublin.