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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 (37)

  1. Slow burn, historical crime, Gothic, unreliable narrators . . . Hyde sounds fantastic!

    1. Thanks, Priscilla. It is quite a read! Stay safe and have a great week!

  2. This sounds like a great novel, Olga. Thanks for sharing this review.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. I think you’d enjoy the atmosphere and the setting. And it’s a great story as well. Keep well and have a good week.

  3. A great review as always, Olga. This one sounds a wee bit too dark for me – I need to sleep at night 🙂

    1. Thanks, Mary. Yes, there is plenty of dark content in it, although I wondered if the setting and the historical bits might appeal to you. It is a fascinating and very atmospheric story, but not for everybody, of course. I hope you’re feeling better and better. Stay safe! ♥

  4. Much more my style, I think. I do enjoy a lot of description in a novel.
    Thanks for your enticing review, Olga!
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. Yes, I think you’d enjoy this one. There’s plenty of everything, and I loved learning more about Scottish mythology and the city of Edinburgh as well. Stay safe!

  5. dgkaye says:

    Sounds intriguing for sure Olga. I’m glad to pop by and see this review. I shall look for this book down the road. <3

    1. Thanks, Debby. I’m not sure if it will be released at the same time everywhere but it should be out in a lot of places tomorrow. I hope you are coping with things. Thinking of you. One step at a time, my friend. ♥

      1. dgkaye says:

        Thanks Olga. And I’m so grateful for support from you and our wonderful community that often brings back my sanity. <3

        1. We all wish we could do more. We keep you in our hearts. ♥

          1. dgkaye says:

            And that is so much for me. Thank you <3

          2. ♥♥♥

  6. Hi Olga. Wow, what a fascinating review. The title sets the tone. Isn’t it amazing how a single name can sink so deeply into our minds? What an extraordinary story Robert Louis Stevenson crafted to do that.
    Craig’s story sounds like something that would also creep into the deep corners of the mind. I’m unsure if I could handle the violence these days, so thank you for mentioning that. Still… what a tale it must be! Hugs on the wing.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. I know what you mean. I kept thinking of you, though, when I was reading about Scottish mythology and some of the historical aspects of the story made me think of your research. I’m reading Journey 4, so I hope to be sharing that review soon as well. Have a great weekend!

  7. This sounds like a great read, Olga. I like unusual books and your review brings out a lot that appeals to me, especially the unreliable narrator. Your final recommendation nailed it. Thanks for the intriguing review. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Diana. If you enjoy the setting and don’t mind the scares, it is full of character and atmosphere. And great characters as well. Stay safe and good luck with everything!

      1. I like Gothic stories, Olga. This does sound like something I’d enjoy.

        1. It does read like a gothic classic but with certain modern touches (and the female doctor is fabulous as well), so you’d probably enjoy it as much as I did. Have a great week!

  8. This sounds like a mysterious and enthralling read, Olga. Thank you so much for your great review. Toni x

    1. Thanks, Toni. I had a great time reading this one. It’s a fascinating period of history and a wonderful location. All kinds of things going on. I’m not surprised the author chose it. Enjoy the rest of the week.

    1. Thanks, Sally. It’s a fabulous book, especially if you love to get lost in a story, and it’s full of historical snippets about life in the Edinburgh of the era. Take care and have an excellent week.

  9. dgkaye says:

    Sounds like a riveting read Olga. Unfortunately, too scary for my comfort level, as much as the history intrigues me, lol. <3 🙂

    1. Thanks, Debby. Russell likes to set his novels at fascinating historical junctures, but beyond the Gothic atmosphere, he’s also quite good at digging into the darkest psychological recesses of the human mind, so it does work as scary at several levels. It’s very good in its genre but not for everyone.
      Thinking of you and sending you hugs, dear Debby. ♥

      1. dgkaye says:

        Thanks for your great detailed explanation Olga. I always appreciate your analysis. Hugs <3

        1. Thanks, Debby! ♥

  10. Thank you for sharing this review! Sounds like a “must have” novel with goosebump guarantee. 😉 Michael

    1. Thanks, Michael. You’re right. If you enjoy a historical setting, a Gothic touch, and are a fan of horror, this is a great read. And Craig Russell is an author to keep in mind. I’ve always been intrigued by The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, so that was an added bonus. Keep well!

      1. Thank you very much, Olga! Will be a good read, fantastic for distraction. Keep well too, and have a nice rest of the week! Michael

  11. Thank you for sharing this review., Olga.I like dark and interesting horror…Your reviews have never disappointed me when I read the novel…Will head over to the preview ..Have a great weekend 🙂

    1. Thanks, Carol. I hope you enjoy this one. And thanks for all the delicious recipes and your collaborations with Sally’s blog. Always something to look forward to. Have a great weekend and stay safe!

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