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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.

Comments (22)

  1. dgkaye says:

    Wow, that was some review. Not sure this is in my wheelhouse but certainly an interesting spin. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Debby. I was talking to somebody in Booklikes yesterday about the rest of the series and I hope I’ll catch up with a few more of them in the future, although you know what our reading lists are like, Debby. Gigantic! Have a great week!

      1. dgkaye says:

        Gigantic is an understatement LOL 🙂 x

        1. Indeed! 😉

  2. I love the sound of this book, Olga. I am getting this and the audio book of Escaping psychiatry. My mom reads a lot of Jo Nesbo but I don’t think she will like this. This is more of a “me” book.

    1. Thanks very much, Robbie. You might be right about your mom. I got the feeling that die hards of Jo Nesbo didn’t think this fitted in well with his other novels, although I’m curious to read more books by him. I hope you enjoy the Escaping Psychiatry audio. I was lucky enough to meet the Irish actor who did the narration, Alan Cooke, in person, when I visited West Ireland with my parents a few years back. He has a lovely voice and is extremely talented (it’s not easy to get hold of it, but I recommend his documentary film ‘Home’ that won an Emmy Award), and he was kind enough to show us some great spots. Thanks again, Robbie.

  3. Good to see Nesbo doing something different. I have enjoyed some film adaptations of his novels, and feel sure his name on the cover will ensure this book gets a great deal of attention.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. Yes, you’re right. It’s always good to get people exposed to Shakespeare and hopefully, they’ll keep reading, and watching him. Have a great week!

  4. Hi Olga! I’m intrigued by the Hogarth’s Shakespeare project. I think it’s a clever and intriguing concept. I’m going to look into it. Thanks for the Escaping Psychiatry sample. I enjoyed it. 😀 xx

    1. Thanks, Vashti! It is a very intriguing project, indeed. I hope I’ll be able to catch up with some of the other novels too.

  5. I’m reading this now, and I’m enjoying it. I think it’s very well-written. I think the 1970s era Glasgow-like town is clever–and it works with the police hierarch and Hercate/witches being drug dealers/makers.

    1. I totally agree. I know not everybody feels the same but I think he’s done a great job. I look forward to your review! All the best.

  6. Hi Olga! This post is such a treat! Yes, I know… I won’t read anything that makes me cry, but I already know Mac Beth is a tragedy, so the book must follow. I like the project’s concept. I particularly like the setting into which Jo chose to transfer the story. This one sounds like a gem.
    And then you added a related snippet from one of your books. That passage is very touching, real, and so well written. Thank you for this little reminder. Hugs!

    1. Thanks, Teagan. Although it seems that quite a few readers did not appreciate the book, it worked very well for me and the relationship between Macbeth and Banquo made me think about Justin and Dave, his mentor, in my own book. Thanks so much for your kind comment. I hadn’t thought about that story for a long time but it is one I’m quite fond of, as it puts the main character to the test. I’ve always been intrigued by morally ambiguous characters, and Shakespeare was a master at creating them. And from this book, I get the sense that Jo Nesbo is also a crack at it. I hope to read more of his books and some of the other books in the project.
      I hope the rest of the week is peaceful for you.

      1. Thanks, Olga. It’s my Friday to work, but that’s usually an easy workday. My landlord has gotten herself a reprimand from the home owner’s association. I still don’t know what kind of problem that will cause for me. (She or I can break the lease at any time with 2 months notice — but during that period my home would be open to anyone to come and go as they pleased…) So that has all my stress and anxiety on high alert… Otherwise the weekend should be good.
        Hugs back. 🙂

        1. I hope it all works out for the best. Fingers crossed! (Sometimes a move sideways helps, but I know even that would be stressful). Sending you positive thoughts. Love to Crystal.

  7. Thank you for the wonderful review, Olga. I haven’t read the book yet as I haven’t read anything at all these three months. My first Nesbo’s book was Nemesis. After that I bought everything available at that time and became a huge fan. It is so cool that your characters are going through the same situation as the Macbeth’s characters. I love Escaping Psychiatry, and Mary is my favorite, a female version of Harry Hole 🙂 xx

    1. Thanks, Inese. I am very honoured by your comment and I hope you’ve been busy in a good way these last three months. Nice to catch up with you again and I hope you enjoy this one. I think you will. Have a great week!

      1. Thank you Olga! Jo Nesbo never disappoints 🙂

        1. Thanks, Inese. Some of his readers don’t seem very impressed with this book, but it’s one of the few times when people I didn’t know have interacted with the tweets of the review and talked about how much they are enjoying the book, so I think you won’t be disappointed. 🙂

          1. Definitely not 🙂

          2. 🙂

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