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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. I noted comparison with ‘Apple Tree Yard’. That was serialised on TV, starring Emily Watson, and it was outstandingly good. From your review, I sense that this book from Sarah will eventually get a similar treatment, and be enjoyed by viewers who appreciate a challenge and thoughtfulness with their drama.
    The Pamplona rape case was described in one article I read as ‘The shame of The Spanish Judiciary’. Anyone reading the details could only shake their head in disbelief at that travesty of justice. But the case was carried out under a system of laws that exist, rightly or wrongly, and with that in mind, the verdict was inevitable. It is those laws that need to be changed, to bring the country out of the 19th century.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. I agree about the law. Although, of course, the law in question is old but it was revised in 2015, so I wonder what the revision was, and the judges’ interpretation… It’s an abomination.
      I have not watched ‘Apple Tree Yard’ but sounds interestig and I agree. The adaptation should be a must watch.
      I am reading Marjorie and can’t wait to see what happens.
      Thanks and have a great week!

      1. Thanks, Olga. If you can find Apple Tree Yard, Watson is just wonderful in the lead. Glad to hear you are enjoying ‘Marjorie’. 🙂
        Best wishes, Pete.

        1. Thanks, I will check it out. Indeed. I love Marjorie herself. I’ll comment when I finish reading but it should not be long, although Mondays are always busy.

  2. Olga, you stirred up a pot-full of thoughts with your insights here. I enjoy BBC series so I have gleaned an admittedly superficial and small idea of that justice system. And of course I realize that in many countries where people, especially women, have few civil rights that courts are a joke. However, I had not stopped to consider that trial by jury was not the way of things across European Union countries.
    With so many horrors in the news, and the fact that I usually can’t bear to watch it, I didn’t remember the La manada case, but I just now looked it up. I shake my head… Even here and now, I continue to hear other women blame women who are abused. So surely the many men who are sexist (and I work with far too many of them) have even worse attitudes. Moreover their bad office behavior has become noticeably worse with the current administration and Supreme Court. So yes — this is a thought provoking post.
    The book sounds like an excellent read. Wishing Sara great success. Hugs.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. Here there was a huge outrage about the case, that’s still ongoing, as the case was reviewed a few days ago and the same verdict maintained. I guess a “theoretical” advantage of the inquisitorial system is that it is not down to the performance of the lawyers only, because, again “in theory” judges should be less likely to get swayed by fancy arguments and stick to the law, but when it goes wrong, it goes very wrong. There is no doubt that the law should be clear, but this book makes the point about the burden of proof for criminal cases in the UK legal system. It has to be “beyond a reasonable doubt” and in many of these cases, it is not difficult to plant the seeds of doubt on the jury’s mind. (By contrast, with civil cases “the balance of probability” supposes a much lower standard).
      Although the topic is a difficult one, I think you would enjoy the level of detail in this novel, and the way the author paints a picture of the settings and the procedures.
      Have a fabulous week! (Oh, and good luck with all the sorting out everything) 🙂

      1. Applesauce — sorting indeed! The next hurdle will be getting all the (potentially 100 pages of) documents reviewed, and signed in front of a “notary public” (& of course notarized), and sent back, all on schedule, since I can’t be at the closing in person… I got freaked out about it this morning, but I’m okay now. Have a wonderful Wednesday.

        1. Fingers crossed! It sounds daunting, but I’m sure they do it all the time. I was talking to a friend of mine about selling and buying houses this morning, and sometimes it seems a mission impossible, but eventually it all comes together… Good luck!

  3. dgkaye says:

    Yet another intriguing review Olga. Yes, I’ve bookmarked on Amazon! Lol 🙂 x

    1. Thanks, Debby. I keep adding some things to my list on Amazon and they keep me posted on any offers. I imagine it’s also a good way to know what to read in case we ever run out of books. As if! Have a great week, Debby! 😉

      1. dgkaye says:

        Lolllllllllll right! Thanks Olga, Happy week to you too 🙂

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