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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. Yes, I’m a Tremblay fan. Glad to hear this is another home run. It sounds like a fairly scary fairy tale. (Heehee, try to say that 3 times fast!)

    1. Thanks, Priscilla. Good tongue-twister! It sure worked for me. I’ll explore more of Tremblay’s books in the future. Have a great week.

  2. Thanks for this mindful review, Olga. This sounds interesting. I’m sure it’s well written… but I have to admit that I’m already bored with virus themed stories, particularly amid the constant stream of news stories and everything else about it. I’ve never understood why, but something about present tense narration just grates against me. None of that prevents me enjoying your review though. It’s always interesting to read your thoughts about the books you read. Hugs on the wing.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. I’d kept away from those kinds of stories (I had read a few over the years, some very good) also, but I was curious about the author. I’m not very fond of present-tense narration, but as it all happens (or most) over a few hours, it seems to make sense from that point of view. To tell you the truth, things had taken a bad turn here, so it is likely I wouldn’t have started reading it now, but it caught me at the right time. I have some pretty different books coming up next, and there’s so much choice… Thanks for your kind words and take care. And thanks for your stories. They keep many of us going. ♥

  3. I have also read many 5-star reviews for this book, though I cannot shake the ‘zombie’ connection from my mind. I also read another review describing it as having a soft, ‘Happy ever after’ ending, which put me off completely.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. Well, the ending depends on how you choose to read it, like everything else. I’m not a fan of happy endings in horror, although considering what the book is about, one can’t help but hope that things in real life would end up so well (so far, not so good). I did mention it has something of the fairy tale about it, but how you read the ending also depends on which point of view you take. I hope you have a great week, Pete. 😉

  4. I can understand your hesitancy Olga but glad that you read and reviewed.. I have come across some interesting past books of mine with a dsytopian theme with a virus etc as the main character and to be honest they tend to have some excellent survival strategies.. Excellent review as always.

    1. Thanks, Sally. This one is particularly intense, and I enjoyed the focus on the two women and their relationship. As is the norm in this book, the protagonists face some pretty difficult decisions, and considering what we’re living through, it feels pretty realistic, although perhaps a tad optimistic. An author whose work I’ll be following from now on. Have a great week!

  5. dgkaye says:

    Another riveting review Olga. But I don’t do horror, so it’s still nice learnig about these books. 🙂 xx

    1. Yes. I must say some bits of it reads like the news. Have a fantastic week, Debby.

      1. dgkaye says:

        Thanks Olga. You too! 🙂 x

  6. Another great sounding book, Olga. You and I have similar taste in books which is brilliant.

    1. Yes, I know you love horror as well, so I’m always eager to hear what you’re reading (and writing)! I will keep track of this author in the future and will try and catch up with some of his older books as well. Have a sweet day!

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