Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent (2 out of 5) 

What a misnomer this title is! I finished it and still had no idea what led Oliver to his crimes. Well, you DO know because the author tells us…rather, Oliver himself, tells us, at the end. This “dark lit” isn’t out until August 22, courtesy of Scout Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. In the meantime, I will use that month and a half to try to figure out what drove this book…into a half-filled kiddie pool. 

Oliver Ryan lives the life of Reilly. He’s a successful children’s author, happily married to his wife, the illustrator of the books. He has a great home, acclaim, and a comfortable lifestyle. Until he brutally assaults his wife one night after dinner. We’re then taken back in time, from the vantage point of many people who know Oliver and his wife, and Oliver himself, to try to put these broken and bloodied puzzle pieces back together. It is, indeed, dark literature, as it’s coined on the advance reading copy. It is also hard to get into because Oliver is such a prick. I never liked the character, even after his unfortunate childhood explains some of his faulty character traits. I still wanted to take a lead pipe to his forehead. I patiently got through it and almost threw it out the window. There are so many victims of this man’s wicked garden of evil, including the reader. I had such high hopes for this one. 

~ by generationgbooks on June 30, 2017.

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