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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 enjoyed this one too.

    1. Thanks, Rosie. Yes, I read your review, and it reminded me I had it pending. She’s a fabulous writer. Have a great #TuesdayBookBlog day, Rosie!

  2. It sounds very good, Olga. And I can well imagine a TV drama series set in ‘Evelyn Bay’.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. It would be amazing, Pete. All of her books would turn into very fine novels, and it seems the first one, The Dry, is already being turned into a movie. Have a fantastic week. ♥

      1. I have read ‘The Dry’. It was very good.

        1. I loved Force of Nature too, but I’m convinced you’d really enjoy The Lost Man. It reminded me of some of the films you’ve talked about in the past. Well, so far Harper hasn’t disappointed me. A safe bet. 🙂

  3. Hi Olga. This is a great example of how a mindful review can be so important to the reader. The book cover doesn’t do anything for me (it’s attractive, but you know…), the title — I would not have given it a second glance. However, your review has me genuinely interested. It really does sound like something I would read — something I otherwise would have left on the shelf without another thought. Have a wonderful week. Hugs on the wing.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. You’re right about the cover. I thought the same as well. Yours are far better! I’m happy my review might have helped readers try this writer. She is excellent.
      Take a lot of care and keep safe. ♥

      1. Ha! I doubt that. I hope that didn’t sound like I was fishing. I just meant that it didn’t give me a feeling for what the story might be. 🙂

        1. I know what you meant, Teagan, although, fishing would be perfect here (plenty of sea events and boats play a big part in the story). And I also meant it. Harper is traditionally published, so I’m sure they have their own strategy about the covers. I must say one thing, though, all of them emphasize the setting, and that is something the author excels at. Stay safe and keep the creative juices flowing!

          1. 🙂 Thanks, Olga. What you said about the setting makes the book sound even better.
            You stay safe and well too. As my father would have said, I’m “putting the pedal to the metal” (his CB radio lingo) in working on Dead of Winter. More hugs.

          2. Great to hear. ♥

  4. Thanks for this great review, Olga. The psychological aspects of this book interest me. I always find books about the ocean a little creepy.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. I am fascinated by islands, although the setting on this novel does become quite menacing. It’s a community whose lives are closely influenced by the sea, not always in a good way. Any of Harper’s books are fabulous, Robbie, so I definitely recommend you check them out. Keeps safe.

  5. I’m not a big fan of formulaic mysteries, Olga, so your mention that the novel isn’t for people who prefer a classic mystery and uncomplicated read was helpful. I was also intrigued by the baby acting like a baby. 🙂 I like that. Great review and very intriguing. You hooked me. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Diana. I enjoy genre novels but appreciate those who can explore and stretch the boundaries. I love the baby. She is not happy when she’s not on the move! Any of Harper’s novels are great, so I definitely recommend you check them out. Stay well!

  6. dgkaye says:

    Sounds intriguing Olga. I’ll keep this one on the back burner. Hope you are well my friend. <3

    1. Thanks, Debby. Just rolling along (or bumping along, depending on the day). I hope your husband’s health is stable/improving. I’m thinking of you both. Stay strong, my friend. ♥

      1. dgkaye says:

        Thank you Olga. Same sh&t different day. We’re coasting along. Another hospital run tomorrow. <3

        1. Thinking of you both. Send my regards to your husband as well. ♥

          1. dgkaye says:

            Thank you so much Olga, I definitely will <3

  7. inese says:

    Olga, I usually like the books you recommend. I guess we have similar tastes in literature, and I especially trust your opinion on the mystery books:) Thank you for all the good books you added to my reading list!

    1. Thanks, Inese. Knowing how much you enjoy the landscape, I’m sure you’ll love this author. She has a way of making you see and feel the place (and also creates fantastic characters and plots). Take care and keep safe!

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