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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:

    Thanks Olga. I am going to check out this author and her books. Does sound interesting, and I do enjoy historical fiction. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Debby. It is a very interesting book and it might work even better if you have not read anything by her before because although the writing is excellent, it is very different to the Good Squad. I think an interview with her was going to be featured in the Goodreads newsletter either this month or the next. I hope you enjoy it.

      1. dgkaye says:

        Thanks for the heads up Olga. 🙂

        1. 🙂

  2. Hmm. Thanks for the review. I read A Visit from the Goon Squad on my daughter’s recommendation. While I found a lot to admire in the writing, it left me feeling uncomfortable and not really having met anyone I liked enough to care, so I’ll probably give this a miss.

    1. Thanks, Hilary. I found some parts of it fascinating, but yes, I had some difficulty with the characters. I loved A Visit from the Goon Squad, but mostly for the plot. It is quite a long book, so I’m not sure that a reading sample would suffice to give you a clear idea. Plenty of books to read! Have a good week.

  3. Olga, you amaze me… This is a perfect example of the level of work that (it is obvious to me) you put into your reviews. You’ve clearly paid careful attention to the book (despite it’s length). Things like your description of the pace of the story and all the changes and revelations toward the end — those are great examples of the kind of things I appreciate knowing in advance. My “fun reading” time is so very limited, I like to invest it carefully.
    Have a terrific Tuesday, my friend. Hugs.

    1. Thanks, dear Teagan. You are very kind. These are the types of things I also find useful when deciding if I want to read a book or not. I’m reading the Paul Auster book shortlisted for the Booker, 4321, and let me tell you, that is reaaaally long. Not a bad read, but… review to come (whenever I finish it!). Have a great Tuesday.

      1. I used to love huge books, the thicker the better. But now their pace has to really move along quickly if it’s a very long book. I used to be amazed by Tad Williams (fantasy). The book moved ridiculously slowly, and I was surprised I kept coming back. But his characters had mesmerized me. Now, (especially since I’m just not a fast reader) I just don’t have the time to invest that way.
        I hope you are doing well. Have a terrific Tuesday.

        1. Well, you’ll see from next week’s review that I ended up reading a much longer one. I know what you mean, though. Take care.

  4. Great review as always, Olga. Though I didn’t feel a ‘pull’ to the book, it does sound interesting historically, and I wish Jennifer good luck with the sales.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. I guess one of the problems when an author has written a book that has become really popular, is what the readers are going to think about the next book, and this is a total departure. The subject is fascinating, although I didn’t feel as much for the characters as I like to. Have a great Tuesday.

  5. Thanks for sharing this fabulous review, Olga! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Natalie. It is an extraordinary book and I am sure it will find its readership.

  6. Good review, Olga. I’ll have to check NetGalley for the book!

    1. To the best of my knowledge is officially published today, although I’m not sure of the time or if it is available everywhere already. You might still find it on NetGalley. I’m never sure when they archive the titles. All the best!

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