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OlgaNunez
I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

Comments (21)

  1. Thank you Olga, I really do love that book cover, it suits the storyline perfectly.

    1. Thank you, Rosie. It is perfect indeed. I know I read an early version of the novel so I expect the definite version might be even better.

  2. In spite of your caveats – and I suspect the plot holes would irritate me too – I’ll be buying this book. I am fascinated by the dynamics of such a situation. “Schizophrenic tendencies’ was tacked on to my mother’s bi-polar diagnosis and to this day there are some events I’m really not sure actually happened!

    1. OlgaNunez says:

      Thanks, Sarah. It is a difficult situation, indeed. I’ve seen some patients whose most outrageous stories happened to be true, while sometimes some that sounded plausible were not. In some cases, it was impossible to tell. The book had already undergone some revisions by the time I read it, so it might be that the thing that bothered me in the plot is not quite that evident, but see what you think… I mentioned it to the author, so there might be changes to the final version. Brian Cohn can write, for sure. Enjoy!

  3. Ah, music to drown out my voices, great idea. Oh, but wait, the voices are from the conference call I’m supposed to be listening to! Oops!
    Seriously though, it’s a great review, Olga. I always enjoy reading your insights. Good luck to Brian.
    I hope you are enjoying Wales. Hugs!

    1. Thanks, Teagan. Perhaps it will make no difference if you listen or not… I’m sure you could make up a more interesting content than whatever they’re discussing. I’m still trying to catch up after last week (quite busy). So far the weather has been rainy, a bit of sun, and some more rain, but the dogs are keeping me entertained (and vice versa, I think).

  4. dgkaye says:

    And so, you’ve sent me off to Amazon again. I can’t afford to come here and don’t know how I will ever get through my reading list, lol. 🙂 Sounds riveting! 🙂

    1. Debby, I’ve just realised I’ve acquired two more books that were on the longlist for the ManBooker. I wonder when I’ll manage to read them as I have two or three other books due for reviews (well, in the short term. I think I have hundreds I should read at some point). Just remember I also have books in Spanish to read and you’ll see it’s no laughing matter for me either. Mind you, perhaps you’d want to join Rosie’s Book Review Team, as I get some fabulous reads through her site and I’ve met great authors and reviewers there. I know that would make the problem worse! Oh, there’s no hope! Have a great Wednesday!

      1. dgkaye says:

        Thanks Olga. I couldn’t possibly join a book review team, I couldn’t commit. I honestly don’t know how you do it. My days and nights are full and my reading time so narrow. If I wasn’t writing full time and just devouring books like I did most of my life before writing books, that would have been perfect for me. You are a reading machine! 🙂 Enjoy your evening!

        1. Thanks, Debby. I don’t have a lot of time and I only pick up books when I know I’ll be able to finish them in time for the review (we have a month and some of the books are quite short). All the best.

          1. dgkaye says:

            Oh, that’s interesting Olga. I thought you had to read ‘x’ amount of books in ‘x’ amount of time. It does seem like you can get through at least 2 books a week though, 🙂

          2. Thanks, Debby. Different groups have different rules. In Rosie’s group, you choose the book you like the sound of and you have a month to finish it and review. You share the review on your blog and send her a copy and she posts it on her blog too (so the review gets a fair amount of sharing). If you haven’t reviewed anything for a long time she will probably contact you and ask if you’re still interested but some people are more active than others. In my case, it depends on the books and what else I am doing. If I am travelling or going for a long drive, that gives me some extra time to read. Some books are just easier to read than others and some are very short. I just read a short story that was very short indeed.
            Of course, I also have authors that contact me directly (although at the moment, unless it is somebody I’ve already read and I’m interested in, I’m not taking any new books), and a lot of my reviews are for books I acquire through NetGalley. The problem is that, as you well know, there are so many interesting books that it’s impossible to keep up!
            Have a great Thursday!

          3. dgkaye says:

            Thanks for explaining Olga. Roisie’s seems a fair amount of time. But I guess I was thinking about NetGalley because I thought there would be the short time constraints for reviewing. 🙂

          4. OlgaNunez says:

            Well, unfortunately, I have many books from NetGalley I haven’t managed to review before their release or even around the time. Of course, they say you are more likely to get the books you want if you review timely, but sometimes it is impossible, and the worst that can happen is that next time the publishers don’t approve your request and don’t give you the book. After all, you’re not getting paid for it and you don’t have a contract, and these days with the restrictions on Amazon and other places for reviews, (they cannot offer you the books ‘in exchange’ for a review as that is considered an incentive. You have to freely decide to review them even if they give them to you) they cannot demand a review. Most of them now say ‘if you decide to review it…’. What they don’t want is reviews with spoilers that go out very early in advance, but sometimes I’ve got copies of books several months in advance of publication.
            These days, I often get e-mails from publicists and some of the publishing companies whose books I’ve reviewed offering me their books directly (through Net Galley, but you’re ‘invited’ to check the book).
            I don’t have a particularly addictive personality, but I’m addicted to books!

          5. dgkaye says:

            Lol Olga. But thanks for clarifying how the process works. Perhaps I’ll consider it next year. My plate is full for the next few months, and I currently have a TBR full on my KIndle. Not that I’ll read them all but I have a fair amount of books I’m looking forward to reading on that list for now. 🙂

          6. I can imagine. At least now we don’t need to worry about ‘running out of books’ that was a source of anxiety, at least for me, when I was younger. 😉 Enjoy a fabulous Friday!

          7. dgkaye says:

            Lol so true Olga. That’s how I used to feel too. 🙂 Have a great weekend my friend! 🙂 xx

          8. OlgaNunez says:

            You too!

          9. dgkaye says:

            Thanks! 🙂

  5. Goodness me, Olga, I do not know how you find these amazing books. I am so glad I can learn about them from you.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. In this case, it was through Rosie Amber’s group (Rosie’s Books Review Team). The more you publish reviews, the more people ask you to review their books, although it is impossible to accommodate everybody’s request, as much as we’d like to. NetGalley is another great place. And loved your reply to the post about indie authors!

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