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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. Psychological, a thriller, a bit of paranormal . . . it sounds right up my alley! (Even if it’s not perfect.)

    1. Thanks, Priscilla. I enjoyed it, for sure, and although I had some issues with it, many other people didn’t. It wasn’t perfect for me (thank goodness! Perfection scares me!) but I hope you enjoy it. Stay safe.

  2. Is it a stand alone, or the first of a series? You mention that the main investigator plays a bigger part in the next novel.
    As for a small village having an improbably large police force, that is a common error in British fiction, and TV drama too. Look at the ludicrous policing of ”Midsomer’ in the popular (but rather silly) series ‘Midosmer Murders’.
    I would like to meet the author’s son, and hear more about that ‘boy in the floor’ he plays with, but I don’t think I will be reading this book.
    Thanks, Olga.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. For what I’ve read, the second novel can be read as a stand-alone, as it is about a different case, but the main investigator is the same (it is her next case, but there seems to be also a case of a new case that is pretty similar to an old one). Some of the reviews say that the plot is tighter on that one, so it is likely that the author (and editors) have paid more attention to those aspects.
      I agree that Midsomer is rather silly and the details don’t make sense, but it is all pretty tongue-in-cheek, (it is almost incredible that there are any inhabitants left with so many murders!) while this one seems to be in earnest. It is also difficult to imagine that a writer wouldn’t check the place he is about to move into, but it’s also true that he is engulfed in his own grief and the worry about his son. Saying that, I did enjoy it, but it’s one of those reads where some details keep gnawing at you. I suspect you might have similar issues if you read it. Perhaps try the second one instead.
      Have a great rest of the week. 🙂

  3. I loved this book! The author had me on the edge of my seat the entire read, and those butterflies… wow!

    1. Thanks, Jacquie. I know what you mean. Enjoy the rest of the week. 😉

  4. This really does sound like a compelling read, Olga. I enjoyed your review.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. I did think of you as I read it, as I thought you’d probably enjoy it. All the best.

  5. It really does sound like an entertaining mix, Olga. I like that it is part procedural. Thanks for another mindful review. Hugs on the wing!

    1. Thank you, Teagan. I know you’re not afraid of mixed genres. Enjoy the weekend! Love to Crystal!

  6. Hi Olga, another incredibly insightful review from you, and sounds like a very good read. Toni x

    1. Thanks, Toni. It is, and I’m sure he won’t struggle to get readers. Enjoy the rest of the week.

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