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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. I think unless you lived with or observed OCD, it’d be hard to write about accurately. This sounds like a dark, emotional book. Great review!

    1. Thanks, Priscilla. Yes, it is easy to fall for the simplistic representations of any condition but these don’t give a true account of what it is like for those affected or their loved ones. Golds is a fantastic writer, and he doesn’t shy away from hard topics. Good luck with your own writing!

  2. Good honest review Olga
    Hugs Galore

    1. Thanks, David. Stay safe and keep smiling.

  3. I can cope with ‘Hard’ stories, I used to work for the Met Police, and my second wife had OCD.
    Sounds like the perfect novel for me, Olga. Adding it to my Amazon Wish List now.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. I thought of you as I read the story, although I didn’t know about your second wife (or at least, I didn’t remember it). By the way, the author was telling me that ‘Always the Dead’, which I reviewed a while back, and when you checked you told me you couldn’t locate it on Amazon, had been published on the 1st of October by a new publisher, so it should be available now as well. Take care and enjoy the rest of the week. Love to Ollie!

  4. Thanks for this insightful review, Olga. I enjoyed your description “This novel is darker than noir, harder than hard-boiled, and the characters are true bad-asses, but they are far deeper and better drawn than most bad characters are in novels.”
    Heaven knows I have more than my share of triggers, so probably should steer clear. However, you’ve made the book sound fascinating and very well crafted. I’m a tad envious of Stephen for all his time in Japan. Wishing him success. Stay safe and well. Hugs on the wing.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. Yes, Stephen is an excellent writer, but he’s not for all readers, especially if they are going through a rough time. I am happy to know the review works! Oh, and I’ve started reading Journey 9! So exciting! I think you’ll enjoy next week’s review. I kept thinking of you as I read the story. Big hugs and stay safe. ♥

  5. Hi Olga, this is a great review. I like what you said about the OCD angle which affects a few people in my family, including my older son and one of my sisters. We also have trichotillomania and Tourette Syndrome in our family which falls under the OCD umbrella. I’ve noticed it seems to impact people with a very high IQ but that might just be in my family and not a general relationship although I know high IQ people are more prone to anxiety and depression.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. All are very difficult conditions to live with, although many people don’t realise how much disruption they can cause. There are still so many unknown factors and such need for further research into the human minds, and so many factors interact, that it is always difficult to reach conclusions, but you are right about high IQ. I wish there will come a point when everybody can access support and services tailored to their needs. Stay safe and give my best to all your family. You are all amazing.

  6. “I must say I have never come across such a vivid and accurate depiction of the condition.” That line intrigued me, Olga, as well as how you go on to describe the writing style. My background is also in mental health and rarely is OCD adequately protrayed as a condition that can severely impact a person’s life. I like dark, gritting novels, and this seems to hit the mark. Thanks for the review and recommendation!

    1. Thanks, Diana. People always find it easier to understand and empathise with physical health problems, unless they’ve had direct experience of mental health disorders, as you well know. The author suffers from OCD himself, and he is an excellent writer, so it all helps to make this book quite an extraordinary reading experience. Stay safe and enjoy the rest of the week.

  7. dgkaye says:

    Olga, thanks for sharing this intense review. Like you said, this book isn’t for everyone, but you know me, I love studying the human condition, so of course I added it. Hugs <3

    1. Thanks, Debby. The author pulls no punches, but I know you like that. He’s also had his previous book published again, so I’m sharing it as well, as there had been some changes. Enjoy a great Sunday!

      1. dgkaye says:

        Added them all, lol. Love your reviews Olga. We both like the unusual and different it seems. 🙂 Happy Sunday to you too. <3

        1. Thanks, Debby. I have another one of his novels saved up as well, so that review should be coming at some point. Big hugs, and I wish you a great week ahead.

          1. dgkaye says:

            Thanks Olga. And you know I look forward to your reviews. <3 Happy new week! 🙂

          2. The same here! ♥

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  8. A great review, Olga – I liked your advice about modern sensibilities, and it sounds a bit brutal for me. Toni x

    1. Thanks, Toni. I know what you mean. It is not for everybody. Enjoy the rest of the week and good luck with your projects.

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