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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.

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  1. dgkaye says:

    Hi Olga. I’m back. 🙂 Sounds like one intriguing book, but I don’t ready scary <3

    1. Welcome, Debby! I hope you had a great time! (From the pictures I saw, it looked that way). If you don’t read horror and have never read Stephen King, I wouldn’t recommend it. Have a great week and take it easy!

      1. dgkaye says:

        Lol Olga. The only Stephen King book I read is On Writing, an excellent book for writers. The scary stuff I stay away from 🙂 x

        1. On Writing is very good indeed. I love his books, some more than others. Mind you, if you read Misery, you might stop writing altogether (although he does have quite a few writers as protagonists). ♥

          1. dgkaye says:

            Omg, I watched Misery, or shall I say, part of it, yearssssssss ago on TV. Had to turn it off and stayed away from the King ever since, lol 🙂 <3

          2. The movie is pretty good, but the book is harder and more brutal, so keep away! I remember I bought it as a present for my cousin, started reading it, and had to finish it before I gave it to him. To be honest, it puts writing into a completely different perspective, and fame. 😉

          3. dgkaye says:

            I can just imagine, but my imagination is too broad to stomach a book like that. Lol 🙂

          4. I know what you mean. 😉

          5. dgkaye says:


  2. Great review Olga. Well balanced.

    1. Thanks, Rosie. The author can write, for sure, and it’s an enjoyable read, but I’ve read more original ones as well. Have a great week!

  3. I have read a lot of King’s books in the past, and as you know, I have watched a great many films. This may well be very derivative, but I do like the sound of a book in this familiar genre being written by someone English, for a change. I hope Caz does well with this one, and I suspect I will be adding it to my growing Kindle collection soon. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. I think you’ll enjoy it, and I’d be surprised if it doesn’t end up as a movie. Caz writes very well indeed (even Stephen King himself thinks so!). I’m reading a story at the moment that reads like companion-piece to The Old Remington, but in a horror note… Review won’t be long coming, I’m sure, and you’ll see what I mean… Have a great week!

  4. I loved it! I’m not really much of a Stephen King fan. I’ve only read a few of his novels, ages ago, so I couldn’t really see all the resemblances you did.

    1. Thanks Luccia. She writes very well. These were here comments on Twitter to the review: “Such a thoughtful and detailed review, thank you! So pleased you enjoyed the writing. Although, I always find it funny when people reference stuff that wasn’t in your head when you were writing it. The Usual Suspects is a new one!! Also worth mentioning – the King book that people reference (published 37 years ago) was itself inspired by a classic short story published over 100 years ago. Books can share a theme but still be very different in the writing, characters and interpretation. xx”
      She seems wonderful and I wonder what she’ll write next, although I know the book is on its way and I should get the first chapter soon… 😉

      1. I’m also looking forward to her next novel:)

        1. 😉

  5. I enjoyed your review, Olga. I am a big fan of Stephen King’s earlier works but not the more recent books. I have read It and this was one of my favourite King books. I didn’t enjoy The Tommyknockers that much.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. I thought Tommyknockers was quite drawn out, although I read it over along period of time. The setting and the characters are quite different, that’s for sure, and I know you enjoy a British setting, so I’d recommend you check it out, Robbie. You’re likely to enjoy it. 😉

  6. Thanks for the thoughtful review, Olga. This sounds interesting!

    1. Thanks, Jacquie. It’s very atmospheric and the author can conjure up the atmosphere of a place very well. And there isn’t a dull moment! 🙂

  7. This book sounds like a good read for those who enjoy the genre. I don’t mind some infusions of horror here and there, but this book is not for me. It is why I love your reviews Olga – they are very informative and give me a clear picture 🙂

    1. Thanks, Inese. You’re right. No book can be for everyone, but I’m happy if I can help people find books they enjoy. Have a lovely weekend!

      1. Oh you sure help with your thorough and intelligent reviews, Olga. So far I enjoyed all the books I bought after reading your reviews.

        1. I’m so pleased to hear that! 😉

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