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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 (37)

  1. Lorna's Voice says:

    One of the reasons I read so much is to learn what to do and not do as a writer. I imagine it’s the same for you! I love reading your reviews. I know what you mean about characters not behaving consistently. That is confusing and frustrating.

    1. OlgaNunez says:

      Thanks, Lorna. Yes, I must say I’ve always been an avid reader but I guess once you start writing your own books and looking at them in detail you pay more attention to certain things. I wonder how consistent my characters are, but it’s true that sometimes we might try to make them do things that don’t seem logical or don’t sit well with them. In series I find that sometimes we learn more about characters as we go along and things make more sense later, and of course, seeing things from a character’s point of view might wrong-foot us… Yes, so many choices to make as a writer. I really enjoyed the book and I wanted to know what would happen next, that’s for sure. Have a great week.

    2. Sue Coletta says:

      Actually, I intentionally kept Shawnee off-kilter, which might make her actions seem inconsistent at times. It works for some, not for others. IMO, we’ll get nowhere fast if we always play it safe. Thanks for weighing in, Lorna. Much appreciated.

  2. Let's CUT the Crap! says:

    Quite a blow-by-blow review, Olga. I’ve heard a lot about Sue Coletta’s books and am intrigued.

    1. OlgaNunez says:

      I haven’t read Marred, yet, but she’s a writer to watch very closely, for sure. Thanks, Tess.

      1. Sue Coletta says:

        Intrigued is good, Tess. I’ll take it! LOL Aww, thank you, Olga.

      2. Let's CUT the Crap! says:

        Sigh. I want to read all the books for which I read reviews.
        How’s your mom doing? Home yet? <3 <3

        1. OlgaNunez says:

          Thanks, Tess. Yes, I have the same problem but I have too many books to review (although I’m not very good at resisting…). Yes, she’s much better. She had an angioplastia and the doctors managed to put two stents in her coronary artery, so she’s not getting as tired as before. Now she has to take it a bit easy but she’s back home. Thanks a tonne. ♥

          1. Let's CUT the Crap! says:

            Wonderful news and I imagine she’s relieved with less tiredness. <3 <3

          2. OlgaNunez says:

            Yes, indeed. She had to stop every few minutes when she used to walk without any problems. Thankfully we caught it when we did. She has no previous history of heart problems at all. Thanks, Tess.

  3. Teagan Geneviene says:

    Hmmm… Definitely a well thought review from you Olga. I love the title. (Lately I see a lot of books that just looking at the title leaves me wondering “What were they thinking?” But I like this one.) The story sounds great, but in the past couple of years, violent stories leave me very unsatisfied.
    I hope all is well in your world. Mega hugs!

    1. OlgaNunez says:

      Thanks, Teagan. I’m reading a historical novel at the moment so that should be my next review (I was going to say it’s not violent, but saying that history is not violent… well). Everything much better now, many thanks.

    2. Sue Coletta says:

      I’m so glad the title works for you, Teagon. You’re the first one to mention it, so thank you!

  4. First Night Design says:

    As always, a useful and perspicacious write-up, Olga. I’m so glad to read in your reply to Teagan that everything is much better. x

    1. OlgaNunez says:

      Yes, thanks, Sarah. My mother is at home and feeling much better. Now it’s a matter of taking time to recover and organising the aftercare. Within the bad luck, we were lucky.

      1. Sue Coletta says:

        Sorry to hear about your mom, Olga. I’m so glad she’s feeling better.

  5. beetleypete says:

    I have seen books by this author for sale before. This one looks like a sure-fire winner in the genre, and has also created a new character for fans to follow.
    Good news about your Mum indeed.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. OlgaNunez says:

      Thanks so much, Pete. Yes, thankfully the doctors managed to place two stents and they’re very happy with the results.

      1. Sue Coletta says:

        Thank you, Pete!

  6. Sue Coletta says:

    I love how you picked up on the mirroring of the killer and Shawnee. I loaded this book with so much symbolism that I wondered if anyone would catch the tiny details. Thanks so much for the review, Olga.

    1. OlgaNunez says:

      Thanks, Sue. A thoroughly enjoyable read (if one it’s not too squeamish)! It was evident the inconsistencies were intended, and I imagined the reasons will become clearer later in the series. It’s a book difficult to fit into any category because some of the characters are very quirky for a straight thriller but the case is quite hard-boiled. It definitely defies expectations.

      1. Sue Coletta says:

        I didn’t realize you were a forensic psychiatrist, Olga. Have you ever interviewed a serial killer? Or studied what makes serial killers tick and discovered something unusual that isn’t common knowledge? The reason I ask is not only for research purposes, but for my blog. I’ve been looking for a guest whose delved deep into the minds of killers.

        1. OlgaNunez says:

          Hi Sue. Not really. I work (or rather worked. I’m doing other things at the moment) in the UK and I guess we don’t come across that many here. The few there are, are very well known and have been heavily studied. Also, in those cases they tend to try and keep a consistent team looking after them, as many are very good at manipulating and splitting teams). I have worked with people who have killed others (although mostly those with a psychiatric diagnosis, mental illness rather than personality disorders) although I can’t say I’ve come across what would be called serial killers. I did a stay at Rampton, a High Security Hospital in the UK, and for some of the time I did work in what was then a fairly new unit dealing with people with very severe personality disorders (I guess what people think of as psychopaths). It was an interesting placement, although not very rewarding with regards to results… I have done clinics in prisons but unfortunately one comes across mostly young men with little education and traumatic upbringings. As a psychiatrist we tend to look for evidence of mental illness rather than necessarily what makes people kill (sometimes it might be one at the same, as in a case that comes to mind, but in many cases it’s not related). We’re doctors too. Forensic psychologists tend to look at personality issues more although, of course, each person’s personal interests are different. Not sure if I’ve answered your question, Sue. 🙂

  7. dgkaye says:

    Wow, what a fabulous review, and once again I’m happy to learn about Sue’s fantastic ability to write good crime suspense. Kudos to you Sue! 🙂

    1. OlgaNunez says:

      Thanks, Debby. I was just reading an article this morning that discussed the fact that women seem to be writing the best crime novels at the moment. Well…

      1. dgkaye says:

        Lol Olga, I think I just read the same article, and I believe I tweeted it too. 🙂

        1. OlgaNunez says:

          I really enjoyed it, Debby!

          1. dgkaye says:

            😉

    2. Sue Coletta says:

      Thank you, Debby!

      1. dgkaye says:

        <3

  8. Sue Coletta says:

    You did, yes, and I’m even more intrigued. I’m juggling way too many projects right now, but if you don’t mind, I’d like to come back to this subject. Your comment raises even more questions that I know will lead me to endless-hours of research as psychology is one of my favorite subjects, especially as it relates to the criminal mind. Normally, I don’t mind (research is one of my favorite aspects of writing), but for now, I’m trying really hard to resist. I’m afraid if I ask even one question, I won’t be able to stop myself. LOL

    1. OlgaNunez says:

      Don’t worry, Sue, I’m also trying to finish some of my own stuff and projects for others, but do get in touch when you have a bit more time. I’m sure we’ll have a very interesting conversation.

  9. inesephoto says:

    I like all those twists and turns. Great review, Olga, as always. So far I liked the books I bought after reading your review. Being an author yourself, you know what attracts readers. Glad to learn that your mother is home. Wishing you all the best! xx

    1. OlgaNunez says:

      Thanks Inese. I know you’re a keen reader and I’m happy you find my reviews useful. I have another one coming next week. A great book too. And thanks on my mother’s behalf. ♥

      1. inesephoto says:

        Thank you Olga, looking forward to another review. Have a lovely day! <3

        1. OlgaNunez says:

          You too! ♥

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