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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. It was a very interesting read and a very promising new author.

  2. Great review, Olga. This sounds like something I would enjoy, especially the maintained tension. But knowing it is part of a series featuring the main character does tend to put me off. I much prefer a ‘complete’ novel. 🙂
    (Is everyone writing ‘series’ books these days?)
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. The series aspect should not detract from the story, because this is the first one and it is complete in itself. The girl is recruited by a female PI at the end, so yes, that opens up the door for future adventures, but I guess each book would be independent. To be honest, Pete, I understand your complaint, but as writer, it is a bit like going back to old friends and not having to worry about the background but being able to focus on the adventure itself, especially if you write in certain genres. Readers also get to make friends with the characters and some enjoy seeing what their favorite characters are up to. And yes, series do tend to sell better, especially because you can do things like offer the first title in a series at reduced price or free, to give readers a taster and decide if they want to keep reading or not. Ultimately, it is up to the readers. If they decide not to buy books in a series, authors will focus on writing single stories, but it is nothing new (Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie, Dickens…) And the TV has also made people get used to serializations.
      Have a good Tuesday. And yes, I think you’d enjoy this one.

      1. All good points, Olga. Maybe it’s just me, but I have never really got into main character series. 🙂

        1. I tend to get bored with them eventually, Pete, although it offers you an opportunity to make the character change and evolve over time. 😉

  3. Thank you for the thoughtful review! The above conversation regarding the pros and cons of a series is interesting. As Olga states, Not Here is meant to be a complete tale with a satisfying ending. In future books, Dina will mature and grow stronger as she takes on a new layers of the underworld.

    1. Thanks, Genevieve. I enjoyed the story and I feel Dina has a lot of scope for development, rather than being a “type” that you feel you know already, and you’ve read plenty of similar stories about. I hope I can catch up with more of her adventures in the future. Good luck!

  4. An excellent review, Olga. Your comment about the adverbs was also interesting. It makes me want to read this book just to see what you mean.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. King is not alone in advising writers to use adverbs sparingly if at all (and there goes sparingly). As a translator, I notice that some writers seem to use them to describe something that either does not need to be explained, or could be conveyed in a better way, perhaps, but I do feel they have a role. (If somebody writes that a character said something “ironically”, well, either it is evident from what they said, and then why say it, or it is not, and in that case, adding ironically will not make it so. This is not what the author does in this novel, but perhaps because many authors seem to have taken the advice to heart, it’s not common to find many in most standard genre books). I hope you give it a go, Robbie. I think you’d find the story and the characters interesting.

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