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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. Even before I got to the early connections, I was thinking ‘Copycat’, and ‘Rear Window’. I have to say that it already feels too derivative, and I haven’t even opened the book.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. I must say I’ve read very good reviews of the books and it is well written and entertaining, but it probably depends on how many books (and movies) one has read or watched on the genre. I hope you have a good week. Freezing here and all covered in snow.

      1. We had snow all weekend, but it is slowly melting in the sun today. 🙂

        1. Here too. Although I had to go out (I’ve finally managed to get my hair cut) and it feels pretty cold still. Take care!

    1. Thank you, Sally! I hope you have a great week. Here we’ll see if we can defrost…;)

        1. It’s melting in the sun here, although it feels cold outside. 🙂

  2. Sounds great, engaging review. 🙂

    1. Thank you. Have a great week!

  3. Sally is right, Olga. Your reviews are always good reading. I enjoy the discussions here too. So… I do enjoy a Hitchcockian thriller, so I’m trying not to feel biased about this one, if it’s well written. Yet a number of things bother me: All the hype for an “unknown” — probably means he knows someone with a ton of influence. Try as I might to resist, it tends to get under my skin for a man to write from a woman’s point of view (it nearly always seems “off”) particularly if written in first person. AND he is writing about her disability (what does he know about it?) — although you said you enjoyed that part, so I take your word for it that he got it right. As Pete said, it also seems very derivative.
    Thanks for a truly helpful review. Hugs.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. I read the author’s biography and he worked as an editor for quite a few big publishing companies, so he definitely “knows” people in the right places and knows the formula quite well (if he doesn’t, there’s no hope for anybody else, I’d say, although we all hope books that go beyond standard formulas get a chance and make it). And he says he has suffered from agoraphobia (or still does, I’m not sure), so that makes perfect sense as to how that part would feel particularly insightful. It is well-written, but if one reads a lot of thrillers it might feel very familiar. Have a lovely week and thanks for commenting. ♥

  4. Fascinating review, Olga. I am intrigued. Another title for my trailing list. Thanks for sharing. I need to up my game one of these days. 🙂

    1. I can’t keep up myself, Tess. Every time I switch on the Kindle I see so many books that I want to read… Oh well, we’ll keep going. Nice to see you around!

  5. Great review, Olga. I bought it with this month’s audible credit so I’ll be reading it soon. I also like unreliable narrators.
    From your review and what I’ve read, I can see the novel has been made to fit a mold, which is fine for readers who read maybe a thriller a month or less, but for avid readers like you and me who have read dozens of thrillers, we need something more, or something original, with a different angle…

    1. Thanks, Luccia. Yes, it seems to tick all the right boxes, but I think it will do better with people who don’t read that much in that genre, although I’m intrigued to see what you make of it. It is well written, for sure… 😉

  6. As I began reading your review, Olga, I thought: Another great thriller to add to my TBR! Then you mentioned, “avid thriller readers are likely to spot the twists and expect what is coming next early on.” Yep, that’s me! My family and friends always warn me not to verbalize whodunit when we’re about to watch a thriller on TV. I’m rarely surprised, unless the script is well-written, convoluted, and has several possible culprits. Thanks so much for this excellent review ❤

    1. Thanks, Tina. I’m also terrible for that. Of course, writers (and filmmakers) must plant clues along the way, otherwise, the reader/viewer feels cheated, but then again, I guess they are aiming at the market of people already interested in the genre. It is well-written, for sure, although it is always a bit tricky when the author intentionally uses so many previous works as a reference. I wonder what the author will write next! Have a lovely day.

  7. A nice review, Olga. I won’t read this book. I didn’t enjoy The girl on the train, I found the main character to be very irritating in her weakness. I think I will feel the same about this one.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. There is some of that, especially as she is a psychologist and shows very poor insight, but the agoraphobia is well portrayed. I haven’t read the Girl on the Train, although I watched the movie, but I’m not that keen on it either.

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