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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. Two very interesting reviews, Olga. I’m sure I’d like the first one, and I enjoyed your insights on the second one. I don’t know how you find the time for all these reviews. But then, I’m not a very fast reader.
    Great big hug! 🙂

    1. olganm says:

      I wonder myself although I love reading and I never go anywhere without the Kindle, going for a walk, going up and down stairs, wherever I know I might have to wait… I’m sure you’d love Ailsa’s book for sure. Anita’s is a fascinating story although harrowing at times. 🙂

  2. Good morning, Olga….fantastic reviews….you drew me right in. The first book definitely goes n my list….the second, although very intriguing sounds like one I would need to read under the right circumstances….i.e. not just before I go to sleep at nights! You mentioned ‘Deliverance’ a movie that to this day terrifies me….even the wonderful theme tune sets me off:) Have a lovely day and hopefully relatively relaxed run up to Christmas . Janet. x

    1. olganm says:

      Thanks, Janet. Yes, ‘Alchemy’ is a book that I think will appeal to most readers and the ideas behind it are even more interesting now with all that has happened recently. ‘Bad Moon’ is fascinating and not your standard story, although not a comfortable read, but well worth it.
      I hope you have a lovely time too. I have two projects for others to finish (hopefully this week) and then I’ll be dedicating some time to my own things. Not planning on celebrating Christmas as such. Not my thing. But plan to try and take it easier. 🙂

      1. Thank you for this….I have ordered Alchemy and will order Bad Moon….Christmas is not my thing either. I will spend the Christmas Day with my Mother and for the rest of the time, just hang loose:) What I am really looking forward to is the arrival of my daughter, Christie, on the 20th January…..happy days. Janet. x

        1. olganm says:

          I hope you enjoy the time with you mother and I’m sure your daughter’s visit will be fabulous. I have quite a few non-festive things to do and some non-festive books to read. And still a few more reviews left to share…:) (Oh, and the publishers sent me Virginia MacGregor’s next book’s ARC ‘Return of Norah Wells’ that I’m truly looking forward to, although I have a few other books to read before….) Be well and have a magical time. And love to your mother and your daughter. 🙂

          1. Virginia just e mailed to notify me that she will be having a book launch for ‘Return of Norah Wells’ in Reading on January 21st….I am hoping that my daughter and I will be able to attend. Most interestingly, in one of those amazing interconnections of life, it turned out that Virginia had met my daughter in the States several years ago……Until I read your book review for ‘What Milo Saw’ I had never heard of Virginia, and so tangible evidence of the power of your words. You be well and have a lovely season….Janet. x

          2. olganm says:

            Thank you, Janet. Sounds great. I don’t think you had told me Virginia had met your daughter. I must say ‘The Astonishing Return of Norah Wells’ sounds fantastic. I hope you can go with your daughter. It’s a bit far for me but I’ll try and keep track and see where she’s going (although not sure at the moment of my schedule in January). At least I’ll do my best to read the book before then. Some wonderful books coming up Have an amazing time, Janet.

          3. I have pre-ordered the book, ‘The Astonishing Return of Norah Wells’ and will let you know if Christie and I get to Reading on the 21st. Virginia meeting Christie was one of those wonderful ‘interconnection’ moments. Virginia was actually staying with my ex husband and his wife Heather, (I am still very good friends with both of them) Virginia had met Heather at a writing workshop in New England…..and that’s how Christie met her. A wonderful small world story. Janet.

          4. olganm says:

            You’re right. Great story and the world is so small indeed. Perhaps there are some laws of physics (or others) that explain why our paths cross with certain people several times no matter where we are or what we’re doing.
            I’m going to try my hardest to catch up on some reading over these next few days (I have a few things that I’m planning on doing but hope I should have some time, or I’ll make it). I’m also hoping the general level of activity will go down a bit over the holidays…

          5. I do believe that there are certain people in our lives that our conduits…..maybe you are one for me:) I also hope that the general level of activity diminishes greatly over the next week or so….Enjoy. x

  3. Reblogged this on Barrow Blogs: and commented:
    Two great reviews, Olga, thank you.Jx

    1. olganm says:

      Thanks, Judith! 🙂

    1. olganm says:

      My pleasure!

  4. Thank you so much, Olga. I will reblog this tomorrow and dance a whooping Black Shamn’s joy dance to you xxxxxxx

    1. olganm says:

      Thanks Ailsa. It was great to read and I hope to get to Shaman’s Drum soon…ish. 🙂

  5. Thanks for the introduction to these two writers, Olga. I like the sound of the second book a lot, even though it looks like it might be a ‘tough’ read.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. olganm says:

      It’s a gripping read for sure, Pete. Both are, but the second one is tougher, for sure. Thanks so much!

  6. Excellent description of both books that certainly make me want to read them. I already have Ailsa’s on my Kindle for mobile so I need to add Bad Moon. Thanks, Olga.

    1. olganm says:

      Thanks Sarah! Not that you need much inspiration, but I think you’ll enjoy them, Sarah! 🙂

  7. Thoughtful reviews, Olga. The first book sounds quite intriguing. Not just your average thriller, right? I like that it gets the reader to think about compelling social/philosophical issues. And the second book…it’s not often that the protagonist is questionable or that the story is a tragedy in modern literature. Great finds!

    1. olganm says:

      Thanks, Lorna. Definitely both are not your usual book. Alchemy makes you think about the order of things and question what we think is true. ‘Bad Moon’ is a fascinating book. One of those where the characters are not likeable or straight forward, but they are truly compelling. ♥

  8. Thanks for the reviews, Olga – two more to add to my TBR list, as both appeal to me.

    1. olganm says:

      They are fascinating and so different, but still… Thanks, JP. And good luck with the transformation of all your books (I see it’s going well 🙂

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