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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. Thank you Olga.

    1. Thanks, Rosie. You always find the best books for the team. 🙂

  2. This sounds very interesting. I am unconcerned about ‘unsympathetic characters’, something that seems to obsess so many people now. Some years ago, I wrote a short play for consideration at a festival of shorts in a London fringe theatre. I knew the director well, and thought the play would suit his season. However, he called me in to discuss it, and said that he had decided not to stage it, as the main character was ‘unsympathetic, and difficult to like or relate to’. I smiled, and replied “That’s the point, Ben”.
    It was never shown. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. As much as I like nice characters (sometimes), I find less sympathetic characters quite refreshing, especially if they are unrepentant. And I find morally ambiguous characters much more realistic than nice ones. But I’ve read many reviews that seem to take issue with the characters morals. Fiction needs not be realistic, but it doesn’t need to be bland either. What a shame about your play! I would love to have been able to watch it, although, who knows?

        1. Thanks, Pete. I’ve saved it and will read it soon. I’m intrigued. And yes, life isn’t always sympathetic, no, at least not as we understand sympathy, I guess. Enjoy the rest of the week!

  3. Hi Olga. Your review is fascinating. Thanks for picking some of the best lines. The one about honeybees and manufactured evil is brilliant. I appreciate you pointing out about the types of characters. I don’t necessarily mind unsympathetic characters, but I do like to know something like that is coming — particularly if there are several. Have a terrific Tuesday. Hugs!

    1. Thanks, Teagan. She’s a brilliant writer, for sure, and I read some fabulous reviews of her previous books so I could not resist. And it was well worth it. Have a great rest of the week.

  4. dgkaye says:

    Now you have my attention Olga! And shoes? Well! 🙂 x

    1. Thanks, Debby. Unfortunately, quite a different way of looking at shoes, I’m afraid. Not a light take on any of the subjects the novel touches on. I hope everything is well with you all. ♥

      1. dgkaye says:

        I had a feeling about that Olga. The shoe part sounds almost ominous, but I thought I’d offer some comic relief. 🙂 <3 Happy humpday! <3

        1. You got it right, dear Debby. I know of your love for shoes too. Enjoy your Wednesday!

  5. robbiecheadle says:

    A really good review, Olga. This sounds like a book that challenges the reader. The line about manufactured evil summarises how I feel about most things in our modern world.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. Yes, it is a fairly hard-hitting book, and it makes readers think about their priorities and values. A great book. Enjoy the rest of the week.

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