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April 29, 2015



A compelling whydunnit

She knew everything but the truth

‘I expected more of a reaction the first time I hit her’

Alice and Oliver Ryan seemed blessed, both in their happy marriage and in their successful working partnership. Their shared life is one of enviable privilege and ease. Enviable until, one evening after supper, Oliver attacks Alice and beats her into a coma.


Afterwards as everyone tries to make sense of his astonishing acts of savagery, Oliver tells his story. So do those whose paths he has crossed over five decades.


It turns out that there is more to Oliver than Alice ever saw. But only he knows what he has done to get the life to which he felt entitled. And even he is in for a shock when his past catches up with him.


My review


This may sound cruel but I was so into this book that every time my mobile beeped with a text message I ignored it. I can promise readers once you pick up this book you will not let go of it. 

Unravelling Oliver is unlike any other psychological thriller that I have read before. The characters have been so well adapted that they are all believable. It is the best whydunnit psychological suspense. 


Oliver Ryan is a handsome and charismatic success story. He lives in the suburbs with his wife, Alice, who illustrates his award-winning children’s books and gives him her unstinting devotion. It seems there is more to Oliver than Alice could ever of imagined, he is not only a liar and cheat but is also disturbingly a psychopath.


Liz Nugent is a brand new master of talent for psychological suspense.




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