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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:

    Wow, that’s some review Olga. I wasn’t aware of the named genre ‘domestic noire’. Sounds intriguing yet disturbing, I’ll add this one to my TBR and keep it on the backburner. I’ve been addicted to the series The Handmaid’s Tale. I find it difficult to watch, yet, of course, I’m committed because I need to know what happens in the end, lol. I need to be in a certain mood to read that genre. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Debby. Well, I don’t think there’s agreement on ‘domestic noir’ being a genre (a subgenre at most) but it has become quite fashionable after the success of ‘Gone Girl’, and I guess it is not the usual crime setting, as all the suspects are within the familiar environment, and rather than the police or a detective the main role tends to go to a non-professional (not even an amateur detective). And although not typical “noir” in setting (I guess that’s another reason for the domestic tag) it does have a pretty noirish feel to it (you cannot trust anybody, nothing is what it seems…). I think we’ll eventually grow tired of it but… I read the Handmaid’s Tale a long while back but have not watched the series. I’m a big fan of your compatriot Margaret Atwood and I’ve read a few of her novels and I see the attraction in adapting them to the screen. I just realised there’s also a TV version of her historical novel ‘Alias Grace’ (based on true facts) that I really enjoyed, partly because of the psychiatric background as well. I’ve heard good things about the series so I’ll try and see if I can get hold of it. Have a great week, Debby!

      1. dgkaye says:

        Thanks for the lowdown Olga. And I already watched Alias Grace series,I thought it was fantastic. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. I forget who played Grace, but she was a great actress. 🙂 Happy week to you too! 🙂 x

        1. Thanks, Debby. I can go on and on, but I think it is partly because I’m trying to explain the topic to myself as I go along. I know you’re not into writing fiction, but you never know. You might not have found your genre yet. Thanks for the heads up on Alias Grace. ♥

          1. dgkaye says:

            I’m always open to possibilities Olga. <3

          2. You have plenty of stories and a great insight into human psychology, so I’m sure your fiction would be quite a read! 😉

          3. dgkaye says:

            Wow! Thanks for that Olga <3

          4. Just the truth. ♥

          5. dgkaye says:

            Aw shucks! <3

          6. 🙂

  2. As I read the blurbs, and then your review, I was thinking “Six-part TV drama”, and casting it in my head. Similar plots have been seen before of course, and the current BBC TV series here ‘Keeping Faith’ is an excellent example of one done well. Very well in fact. Get the right actress to play Rachel, and that missing connection could be established on screen.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. You are right, as always. I think a good adaptation could get rid of the awkwardness I felt on reading the novel, and I’m sure it could ramp up the intrigue. Have a fantastic week.

  3. Thank you Olga.. definitely very topical subject matter… makes you think twice about drinking etc even in the company of so-called friends and neighbours!

    1. Thanks, Sally. Indeed it does. Although… (no spoilers!). Have a great week!

  4. I agree with Pete! As I read the encouraging blurbs, and then your review, I kept thinking how tricky it must be to write in this genre, which seems to me to require a mind that knows it way around a puzzle! This genre translate well to film! And I love the book’s cover.

    1. Thanks, Claire. Yes, it’s an interesting type of psychological thriller (when well done) but the domestic setting can make it more menacing and disquieting (after all, the great majority of us are unlikely to be daily in touch with criminals, murderers and spies, but most of us have relatives and friends, so we can easily imagine falling prey to a similar situation, or can identify with some of the characters). I also think the cover fits very well. And the title. Have a fabulous week.

  5. Hi Olga. I just realized that I was interrupted when I first started reading this post — and I forgot to come back to it. There are so many genres now — so many “boxes” into which I’ve never considered grouping books. This is certainly intriguing. You’ve helped me know what might be head. Best of luck to Lisa. TGIF hugs!

    1. Thanks, Teagan! I’ve discovered a few I didn’t know thanks to your writing and your posts as well. and I think there’s much to come. Have a fabulous Friday!

  6. robbiecheadle says:

    Thanks for this review, Olga. Showing rather than telling is a learned skill in writing [as far as I am concerned]. It is one that I am concentrating on specifically in my own writing. I don’t think this book is for me.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. It is one of the hardest skills to achieve, although in some genres it’s almost impossible to avoid some telling, and I think achieving a balance between the two is the key. Have a fantastic and delicious weekend.

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