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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. Sounds like another good series to transfer to TV drama. (I must stop always saying that, but it does spring to mind!)
    One thing though. Why do so many writers use such unusual or at least uncommon names for characters? Erica, Tristan, Sera, Violet, Antonia. Are there really a lot of people in the Durham area with names like these? I suspect not. Just a thought.
    Good luck to Alice with her latest novel, names or not…
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. You’re right about the names. I guess many will look for a name that is either significant or something distinctive they won’t get bored of (or something that will stick in reader’s minds, especially if it’s a series). I can’t recall anybody called Erica from my short stays in that area but… And I agree. I was thinking about a TV series too. Have a great Thursday, Pete.

  2. It sounds truly interesting. Maybe the likable characters balance out the reaction to the “twisted” ones. Since I’ve had to cope with so many deeply disturbed people during my life I do find the psychological aspect at once interesting and something I enjoy less as I get older (both hot and cold).

    Pete has a valid point about character names needing to feel authentic for an area. That’s something I’ve become concerned about as a writer. When I wrote “Atonement, Tennessee” I researched census data to look up popular names for the location and approximate age (birth year) of my characters, including 2 neighboring states. Except for my heroine, those were the names I used. Then a friend in the southwest accused me of using all “Valley girl” names… It seems I can’t win for losing. 😀 But I really do get sick of the expected stereotype “double names” for southern (USA) characters, like Peggy Sue, etc. So I can’t bring myself to use them. Have a thriving Thursday. Hugs.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. Yours is an excellent idea for the names, but yes, I can see that if people are intent on finding something wrong they will, no matter how friendly you are. Of course, there are blatant cases, like using names that didn’t yet exist in historical fiction…
      Funnily enough, considering the book I previously reviewed here was called ‘The Medea Curse’, this book shares quotes from Medea, and the plot has interesting points of contact with the tragedy. As I said, the members of the police force are all genuinely likable (not always right or perfect, but they do try their best and care for the public, that I thought was a breath of fresh air) and many of the other characters are at least understandable…
      It is a hard story but unfortunately quite credible too, especially with the many scandals of that kind in the UK.
      Have a great Thursday.

  3. Another nicely done review, Olga. Here’s a question for you (because I’m so interested in this genre and you are so well-read I it): if there is one thing that could have made the book even a better read, what would it have been? Thanks and enjoy your holiday. Hope you’re spending it with your family! 🙂 <3

    1. Thanks, Lorna. I think what might have enhanced my experience reading it (if anything) might have been reading the first book to know a bit more about the characters, although as I said, you might want to know more about what’s happened before, but the book is a good read in its own right. I think the style might not suit everybody’s taste (it is convoluted and complicated) but in my opinion that goes with the genre, and for my taste, the form and the topic are well chosen and work well together. I’m not sure how well the setting will translate for readers in other places, but it is not the typical British detective story people have come to expect. I hope you have a great Xmas too. I’m with my mother (and that’s all my close family.)

      1. Good to know. You are a treasure, Olga! I’m so glad to have met you in this great big cyber world! <3

        1. Thanks, dear Lorna. I’m the lucky one. Have a lovely holiday season!

          1. I hope you had a lovely holiday.

          2. Ver low-key, but like for many, it’s been a difficult year. Let’s hope the next one is better.

          3. Yes. When you’ve had a very bad year, there’s not many places to go but up, right? 🙂 <3

          4. I’d never be quite that optimistic, Lorna. I’ve learned better. 😉

        2. Thanks, Lorna. I’m the lucky one to have met you. Your posts always make me smile when not laugh out loud, or think, or both. Have a lovely holiday season.

          1. You know, we could get into a compliment war… 🙂 <3

          2. That’s the only type of war worth fighting 🙂

          3. You bet!

  4. Your clear-cut review has stirred a superb conversation here. It’s fun exchanging ideas and reading them. The characters sound fascinating. With so many people who might be guilty, this makes for a compelling read, I’m sure. 😀 😛

    1. Thanks, Tess. It’s very cleverly done indeed. 🙂

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