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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.

Comments (22)

  1. Thank you Olga.

    1. Thanks, Rosie. A pretty intriguing read.

  2. Lucinda is such a great supporter of my blog, I wish her great success with this new novel.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. Yes, I’m a fan of her blog, and she has some great guests as well. She’s now launching the third book in this series, and I thought it was time to catch up. Take care.

  3. dgkaye says:

    Hi Olga. I love your review of this book, I’m with you on all points as I’m currently halfway through reading this book now. I don’t have a PHD and I feel the same way. It’s my first read of Lucinda’s. I have her memoir which I’m especially looking forward too, and I agree, she’s a wonderful writer, but I find the story disturbing. It bothers me reading stories about women who tolerate being treated like shit by their partners and don’t know when it’s time to leave, then again, I’m only halfway through. But still, I’m at the point I think she should have already either had a chat with her husband, or hit the road by now. But of course I must finish reading it. Look for my review soon. Hugs <3

    1. Hi, Debby. Yes, I am not surprised you’re feeling that way about it. I’m intrigued to know what you’ll think by the end. And I’m just finishing a book where one of the characters made me think about some of your own experiences. I have some reviews programmed first (and I won’t be able to say much about the plot), but will probably mention you on the post itself, as I think you’d find it interesting.
      Take care!

      1. dgkaye says:

        Oh thanks bunches Olga. I always look forward to your reviews! I’m hoping to finish it for this weekend, but if not, I’ll have a review next week. But I must say, among the madness of poor Leah’s life, I do have my suspicions, but honestly not sure how it will end. So, I do like that. 🙂 And you too, keep safe! <3

        1. I’ll keep my mouth shut about the ending. I’ve said enough. 😉

          1. dgkaye says:

            Lol 🙂

          2. 😉

  4. Great review Olga.. a book I enjoyed very much.. I have the next to read and must get on with it…congratulations to Lucinda..xx

    1. Thanks, Sally. I am not sure this is quite my genre, but I’ll be looking into other books by the author. Enjoy the rest of the week and keep safe.

  5. Hi Olga. I appreciate your very mindful and honest review. You gave your personal opinion without sounding judgmental. You helped me know how I would approach different aspects of the book. Best to Lucinda. Hugs on the wing.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. I hope the inspiration has reached you or is on its way. Your new covers look fabulous. Good luck with NaNoWriMo!

  6. Excellent review, Olga. I enjoyed your thoughtful detail and insights into all aspects of the book as well as your honesty about what didn’t work for you as a reader. Congrats to Lucinda on her book, and I wish her much success. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Diana. And congratulations on completing your series. What an achievement at such time! Good luck with your book launch and all your future projects. 🙂

  7. Hi Olga, I read your review with great interest. I have read one of Lucinda’s Amie African Adventure books and I also enjoyed her writing but had a similar issue with to much suspension of disbelief. Perhaps the fact I live in Africa and have visited many African countries and deal with their government representatives in a working capacity influenced my views.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. I guess our issues are similar, although they apply to different aspects of different books. I find it difficult to ignore details that don’t fit in with things that I’ve experienced or had to work with first-hand in books, even when they are fictional. I am sure I would have had the same reaction in your case. I hope your week starts well and you all keep safe and happy. Take care.

  8. A very insightful review, Olga – it sounds like a very interesting read. Toni x

    1. Thanks, Toni. Enjoy the rest of the week.

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