Unravelling Oliver
Liz Nugent

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Narrated By: Sam O'Mahony, Roy McMillan, Tracy Keating, Kevin Hely, Stephen Hogan, Steven Laverty, Michele Moran, Kathy O'Brien

Duration: 6 hours and 49 minutes

What to expect

Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Unravelling Oliver by Liz Nugent, read by Kevin Hely, Stephen Hogan, Tracy Keating, Roy McMillian , Steven Laverty, Michele Moran, Kathy O'Brien and Sam O'Mahony.

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. Their life together is one of enviable privilege and ease - enviable until, one evening after supper, Oliver attacks Alice and beats her into a coma.

In the aftermath, as everyone tries to make sense of his astonishing act of savagery, Oliver tells his story. So do those whose paths he has crossed over five decades. What unfolds is a story of shame, envy, breath-taking deception and masterful manipulation.

Only Oliver knows the lengths to which he has had to go to get the life to which he felt entitled. But even he is in for a shock when the past catches up with him.


Thriller / suspense fiction, Crime & mystery fiction, Psychological thriller, Crime & mystery: hard-boiled crime, noir fiction

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An ambitiously structured and compelling "whydunnit"

Daily Mail

Compelling, clever and dark ... you'll gobble it up in one go

Heat Magazine

A great cracking read ... I couldn't put it down

Ryan Tubridy

Truly excellent, beautifully written ... strongly recommended

Sophie Hannah

Incredibly brilliant

Marian Keyes

Compelling, clever and dark, unlike any other psychological thriller you will have read before ... you'll gobble it up in one go

Heat Magazine

Truly excellent ... strongly recommended

Sophie Hannah

Magnificent ... compulsively readable ... stunning, shock and superb

Frank McGuinness

The compulsion to continue reading never wanes ... a persistently satisfying read.

Sunday Times

We read this in one sitting ... satisfyingly unnerving

Woman's Way

All I know is I stayed awake until 3am to finish it, which I haven't done with a new novel for longer than I can remember

Irish Independent

"I expected more of a reaction the first time I hit her" ... The No 1 bestselling story of the making of a sociopath that has been compared to Gone Girl

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A page-turning, one-sitting read from a brand new master of psychological suspense

Sunday Independent

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


Irish Times

Her writing is stylish, the characters are vivid ... Can't recommend it highly enough