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UNRAVELING OLIVER by Liz Nugent–Book Review

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Don’t Miss Liz Nugget’s Brilliant, New, Chilling, Psychological Thriller- Coming 8/22/17
I loved it!

 

Unraveling Oliver is an outstanding, captivating, and unforgettable psychological dark thriller. It’s hard to believe that this book is Liz Nugent’s debut novel. Unraveling Oliver is an intriguing, superbly written and brilliant read.

Oliver Ryan was severely neglected by his father. He was left at a boarding school until his college years. He would watch from the school window the house his father lived in with the family he was supposed to be part of. His father paid for his boarding school, but that was the extent of his care. Oliver would watch his father from the window interact with his half brother, but never him. Did Oliver become evil because of his upbringing or was he born that way?

The book begins with Oliver Ryan beating his wife, Alice, into a coma. Everyone was shocked that a famous writer of children’s books, could be so viciously violent, especially to a person he supposedly loved. Alice was a kind, loyal wife, and a great supporter of Oliver’s writing. She was the illustrator for all of his books.

Every chapter in the book is narrated by either Oliver or a significant person in his life. They tell the story of what he was like as a child, a teen, a husband, and finally a famous author. Oliver’s life literally unravels for the reader. When I read about the treatment, he received from his father as a child; I felt sorry for him. But that changed after high school. When Oliver attended college, he had his first taste of freedom, and he loved it. He learned very quickly that he could use his charismatic charm to his advantage. Except for his father’s approval, Oliver got whatever he wanted. Oliver was a polite; handsome man and was able to use his desirability to manipulate people. In a word, Oliver Ryan was irresistible, and he knew it.

As Oliver’s evil deeds began to add up, he hid his true self. Not even Alice knew who her husband really was. That would all change, though, when his past caught up with him. Don’t miss reading this extraordinary and engrossing book. I highly recommend it.

Thank you, Gallery/Scout Press and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

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*Little Big Boy* by Max Power – A Fantastic 5-star Read

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Little Big Boy is a superbly written poignant tale, about a 5-year-old child who is forced to grow up before his time in Ireland during the 1970’s. He tells the story of his life from age five to eight.

His story begins when his sister takes his cherished spot as the baby in the family. When he had held that prized position, his Mam was always able to shield him from the evils that surrounded them. His father was a mean drunkard and an unrepentant gambler, so hunger, abuse, neglect and violence were the norm in his household. His Mam now had his baby sister to protect, so as much as he didn’t want to, he had to become the little big boy in the family.

I loved how Max Power was able to capture the essence of this five-year-old boy, his innocence, his fears and his unwavering love for his Mam.

Although the story is sad because of the rampant abuse and neglect that occurs in it, there is also a thread of unconditional love that is strong, moving and unbreakable.

I found Little Big Boy to be a compelling read, and difficult to put down. It’s a story that lingered with me long after I finished the last page. I loved it.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover