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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 (19)

  1. dgkaye says:

    Wow, that’s quite a review for what looks a great read. Once again I’m off to Amazon to add to my list Olga. 🙂 x

    1. Thanks, Debby. It’s being published tomorrow but you can preorder it. Hans Hirschi is a great writer and this one hits all the right buttons. Have a great Wednesday.

      1. dgkaye says:

        Thank you my friend. Happy Wednesday to you too. 🙂

        1. 🙂

  2. Another one for my tbr. Hirschi writes excellent stories. Thanks Olga

    1. Thanks, Christoph. You are right. I must catch up on some of his early books yet, but I’ve read quite a few of his recent ones and, as different as they are, they are always compelling. Have a great Wednesday.

  3. A lovely review of this book, Olga. It sound heart wrenching.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. It is, but it deals with many of the topics lots of us think about but perhaps never openly talk about. A great book.

  4. Having dealt with the effects of that disease on countless occasions professionally too, (albeit for a short time as part of an ambulance crew) and also experiencing it on a very personal level with family members, I have to say that I don’t really want to read about it anymore. I would just find it depressing, no matter how well written. That said, for Hans to be able to get inside the mind of a sufferer when he has not had the disease himself is a remarkable achievement. I wish him great success.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. Some people prefer not to read anything about it, as it makes it harder for them, whilst others find it helpful. Each one of us knows best. Thanks and have a great Wednesday.

  5. I’m fascinated by this story. Thank you, Olga, for sharing this lovely review and introducing Mr. Hirschi and his work.

    1. Thanks, Natalie. I’ve read and reviewed a few of his novels and although very different, I have enjoyed them all. It is a very emotional read.

  6. It sounds like a very well crafted story, Olga. Good luck to Hans.

    I hope your week is going well. Hugs.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. Not too bad. I hope yours is going well (judging by your story, your creativity is alive and kicking!)

  7. In my work I did research with patients with early onset dementias. The effect on families, from diagnosis to death (some of these dementias moved very swiftly), always affected me deeply. I will buy this book.

    1. Thanks, Hilary. I can only imagine what it must have been like. Such a tough illness on everybody. I hope you enjoy it (it’s a bittersweet enjoyment, but you know what I mean). Take care.

  8. Vashti Q says:

    Wow, great review, Olga! This book reads great, but I’m sure it would be a tough read for me right now. I will keep it in mind though. Thank you, my friend. 🙂

    1. Yes. Sometimes we are feeling too sensitive to read about some topics or they touch upon something that it’s too close to us. Take care.

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