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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. Hi Olga. This is where you shine, my friend. Thank you for this expert review. Whenever I read a book with such a specific “focus” (setting, whatever) I always wonder about the author’s expertise. Double that with something clinical. Regardless of storytelling talents, if that “focus” feels off to me, It gets in my way of enjoying the book.
    Sure, being a great researcher is to an author’s benefit and it goes a long way. However, it doesn’t equal first hand knowledge. I like the old advice “Write what you know.”
    Thank you for this exceptionally mindful review. Hugs on the wing!

    1. Thanks so much, Teagan, and happy birthday! I’ve learned that sometimes the books that seem perfect for me, because they appeal to my interest and my experience, don’t live up to expectations, precisely because things that I might not notice in another book, really bother me (you’re not going to treat somebody who needs intensive care for medical reasons in a psychiatric hospital. Yes, we have what we call psychiatric intensive care units, but those are for the treatment of people severely disturbed, not suffering from a serious medical condition).
      Have a fantastic week, Teagan.

      1. Thanks for your kind wishes, my friend. It was a lovely day and a good holiday weekend. Have a peaceful evening. Hugs!

        1. Thank you! You too!

  2. Ah, I do prefer a review that balances the good with the not so good. Thank you.

    1. Thanks, Rosie. Some of the things that bothered me won’t be that evident to most people, but some might. It is a page turner, for sure, but…
      Have a great day.

  3. Whenever I see a book getting so much ‘hype’, and an early film deal into the bargain, I always expect to be let down. Comparison with The Woman In The Window doesn’t help, as that didn’t work for me at all. I understand your own issues completely, as this would be much like me reading a novel set in the world of Paramedics. Hard not to keep thinking ‘that wouldn’t happen’, or ‘they wouldn’t say that’. I might wait until it gets heavily-discounted on Kindle, but I confess I am in no rush to read another ‘twisty’ thriller where I guess the twist too soon. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. I am sure you would easily spot some of the gaffes yourself. I tend to avoid the hype as well, but as sometimes I get the books before their release, the word is not out yet. And there are a few that deserved the hype, but there are thrillers these days that tie themselves into knots trying to be original, and perhaps it’s not about that. Yes, The Woman in the Window definitely didn’t work for me (and since I’ve read quite a few things about the author that I’m not surprised about…). Have a great Tuesday!

  4. I’m strangely intrigued by this one, Olga. May have to add it to be tbr list. 🙂

    1. I hope you enjoy it. Many people seem to love it. As long as you’re not a mental health professional, you’re probably not going to be bothered by the same issues I was. Have a great week!

      1. I used to be, but that was many moons ago. 🙂

        1. See what you think. Some of it is pretty accurate, some well off the mark. 😉

          1. I’ll keep that in mind. Thanks again, Olga. 🙂

          2. 🙂

  5. dgkaye says:

    Thanks for your expertise included in this review Olga. I will definitely be going over to the Zon check out this book. 🙂

    1. It’s all the rage, Debby. Enjoy the rest of the week! 🙂

      1. dgkaye says:


  6. Ummm, I know how you feel about the facts not stacking up, Olga. I feel the same way when I read books about corporate finance or the SEC that are untrue and, therefore, unbelievable. People should not write detail on a topic they don’t know well in my opinion.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. I can imagine your frustration as well. You’d imagine that, especially with this being a book from a big publishing company, they’d check the facts or find an expert, although, to be honest, if the details were accurate, they would need to change the story quite a bit…
      Have a great week!

  7. I like this review, Olga ad the fact that you’re staying true to your personal experience.

    1. Thanks, Rob. I know many readers wouldn’t be worried about the details, but I noticed some others were, and I thought it was worth mentioning. Thanks for your comment and for your fabulous artwork.

      1. You’re welcome, Olga. There are too many negative stereotypes attached to mental illness and psychiatry and they prevent people from getting the help they need. Thank you for the kind comment on my artwork.

        1. Indeed. ♥

  8. I absolutely agree with your review, Olga. I read it recently, as an audiobook, although I haven’t reviewed it yet. I enjoyed it, but I didn’t think it was an exceptional thriller, because, like you,, I also read many of them. Honest and useful review, by the way!

    1. Thanks, Luccia. I read your reviews, and I know you are also a reader of the genre. I guess when one reads so many great reviews for a particular book, the expectations are increased. I look forward to checking your review as well. Enjoy the rest of the week.

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