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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 am attracted to the construction of the story, and it is very much my type of read in the genre. Going on my wish list.
    I was reminded of this excellent Peter Ackroyd novel, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Leno_and_the_Limehouse_Golem which was later adapted for TV starring Daniel Mays and Bill Nighy. (Currently available on Amazon Prime or on DVD.)
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. I didn’t know about the novel (I’ll add it to my list as well) but have watched the movie and enjoyed it. I watched a silent version of the story many years back. Checking, it seems it was partially lost, and it is from 1915, German. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Golem_(1915_film)
      A fascinating topic. Stay safe, Pete!

      1. Thanks for the link, Olga. I once saw that old German film at the NFT in London. I was in my teens. 🙂

        1. I can’t recall where I saw it. I had the feeling maybe I got it at the university library, but I might have caught it on TV many years ago. We were watching a lot of old German films for one of the courses I was helping teach, so I probably got it at that time. Stay well and love to Ollie and your family.

  2. Golem sounds right up my reading-alley, Olga. Thanks for sharing your review!

    1. Thanks, Priscilla. Yes, I know you enjoy reading and writing the genre. Happy 2022!

  3. Thank you for sharing your excellent review, Olga.

    1. Thanks, John. An interesting story and an interesting way of telling it. Have a great week.

      1. Thank you, Olga. Have a super week as well.

  4. Thank you Olga.

    1. Thanks, Rosie! Have a great week!

  5. Hi Olga. If the novel is half as gripping as your review, then it’s fabulous. I admit that I felt resistant at first, but that was from reading the published descriptions. They felt like “name dropping.” However, after reading your review, maybe they aren’t boasting at all. Thanks for another mindful review. Hugs on the wing.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. I’m also not fond of books described as for fans of this or that writer, but I guess it is what is recommended as a marketing device. It is a good story, although not for all readers. Stay safe and enjoy the rest of the week.

  6. Your review has certainly captured my attention, Olga. I also like horror. I requested a book from Rosie this morning, but when that is finished, I will reconsider this one.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. Yes, I think you’d probably appreciate this one because as well as a gripping plot, the way the story is told is quite interesting as well. I know that Rosie’s list is packed with interesting books, so it’s difficult to pick just one or two. I hope the year is going well for you. Take care.

  7. dgkaye says:

    I’m familiar with the Golem symbolism from other books I’ve read Olga. Your review is intense and captivating as all your reviews are, but sadly, I’ll sit this one out. I can’t read horror, it plays on me long after I’ve read it. Kind of like how the movie Psycho freaked me out as a child. For years I couldn’t take a shower without my faithful younger brother standing outside the bathroom until I was done. LOL <3

    1. Thanks, Debby. I know what you mean about Psycho very well (I had to make sure nobody was hiding behind the shower curtain before I’d enter the bathroom and lock the door), but horror has always fascinated me, even when it managed to scare me as well. But I’m sure your reading list is full enough as it is. Stay safe and enjoy your holiday!

      1. dgkaye says:

        No shortage of reading Olga. Thanks again. <3

        1. I know! Happy weekend!

          1. dgkaye says:

            Happy weekend my friend. <3

  8. This sounds like a great but quite scary one, Olga. Another fantastic review. Toni xx

    1. Yes, Toni. Yes, I like the ancient legends aspects as well, but it is scary, as it should be. I hope your elbow is improving. Take it easy, stay safe, and have a great week.

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