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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. This sounds good! Thanks for the recommend, Olga

    1. Thanks, Jacquie. I hope to catch up on more books by this author. He can create a terrific atmosphere, for sure! I hope you have a great week.

  2. Thanks Olga.. I do enjoy Scandinavian crime dramas and like you have watched Wallander and The Bridge.. Also The Snowman. This sounds compelling, especially with the lead character and her complexities.

    1. Thanks, Sally. I think you’ll enjoy this one. Have a great week!

        1. Big hugs! ♥

  3. I can’t help it… I know I’m horrible, but I just can’t stop chuckling about the “Times” review that described a “chilling” book with a setting in “Iceland.” 😀
    Your intelligent review makes it sound like a very well written book though, Olga. Best to Rangar. Hugs all around.

    1. I suspect that must have been part of the idea, but I agree. The book is chilly in more ways than one, for sure. I always thought that I would find it very difficult to cope with the never-ending days or nights. Sending you positive vibes for the new week, Tegan. ♥

  4. Sounds like a winner, Olga. I love adaptations of Nordic Noir, and can’t wait to see this one get a TV serialisation!
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. I do too, Pete. I would be surprised if they don’t snatch it up. Have a great week!

      1. 🙂 🙂

        1. 🙂

  5. This is such a thorough review of a captivating book’s premise. Loved reading this!

    1. Thanks, Claire. And good luck with your new book. It sounds great!

  6. dgkaye says:

    Can’t say I ever read anything in the Scandinavian variety of thrillers but you make this sound so interesting, especially about reading the author’s technique and voice alone. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Debby. If you’re into thrillers, they are worth a look, and I definitely enjoyed this one. Have a great Tuesday!

      1. dgkaye says:

        Right now I’m into political. nonfiction thrillers. but I have bookmarked. 🙂

        1. These days I try to read a fiction and a non-fiction book at the same time (well, alternating, you know what I mean). I’m reading a book that looks at how the Spanish Civil War has been documented. All the best.

          1. dgkaye says:

            Me too Olga. I always have 2 books going at once. How fast I get through them is another story LOL 🙂

          2. I know what you mean. There’s always one I seem to read much faster than the other.

          3. dgkaye says:

            So true!

  7. Thanks for this great review, Olga. I loved Wallander, so I find this book very appealing ❤

    1. Thanks, Tina. I haven’t read many of the books, but I loved the Swedish series (well, one of them especially, although the British one wasn’t bad either) as well. Do check it out and see what you think. All the best.

  8. Lilyn G says:

    It’s the “Reverse Chronological Order” that gets me. I mean, wow, can you imagine the timeline and plotting that’s going to take to keep everything making sense? Good for him!!

    1. Thanks, Lilyn. I agree. There are writers whose technical skill is impressive in its own right, and if the mind boggles when one reads it, you’re right, it’s difficult to imagine how it must have been to write it. Have you read David Mitchell? I’ve only read two of his novels, (Cloud Atlas, and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet) but he’s amazing. I intend to read more of this author’s books as well, perhaps keep reading this series. We shall see. Have a great Thursday.

      1. Lilyn G says:

        I haven’t read David Mitchell but I’m familiar with the basic Cloud Atlas story.

        1. The book is very clever indeed. Thanks, Lilyn. I’ve just come back from watching Rampage. Good fun, and it reminded me of the albino gorilla that used to live at the Barcelona zoo (Flocket de Neu or Snowflake). He was a star.

          1. Lilyn G says:

            I’m glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

          2. 🙂

  9. As a mystery aficionado, I am downloading this today – we’re going to Iceland in July and I can’t wait. Thanks for the recommendation, Olga!

    1. Oh, I hope you’ll blog about it. It sounds like a fascinating place and I know you have a knack for making places come alive on your blog. The author thanked me for the review on Twitter and with traditional authors that’s not very common (they probably don’t have time either…), so he has even more good points!

  10. This sounds like a good thriller. I like the idea of an older female detective, it makes and interesting change.

    1. I felt the same, Robbie. No spoilers, though! Have a great Sunday!

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