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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. Interesting review Olga and I have to say that more and more I am finding that there are inconsistencies in stories that are set in the last 15 to 20 years. We forget there was a time before Facebook! Will share the link on Saturday in the Reviewers post.. enjoy the week.

    1. Thanks, Sally. You’re very kind. Yes. Perhaps because the authors have lived through the period they feel too confident their memory won’t let them down, whilst a writer of historical fiction would always check the details. So much so for people thinking that books conventionally published always get everything right… Have a great week.

  2. I think these sorts of books have a huge impact on readers, Olga. So many women have had brushes with abuses of some sort or another from very serious to less so but all incidents impact on the victim. Lovely review as always. I have finished I love your cupcakes and will review it on my blog this coming Saturday. I loved it!

    1. Thanks, Robbie. I totally agree. It is also good that this book shows the perspective of victims at different stages and also of people we might not consider victims although they also suffer (like relatives). And thanks for your comment about my book. I’m so pleased you enjoyed it. A new edition of the Spanish version of Cupcakes will get published (finger crossed) by a small and fairly new Spanish publishing company in a few weeks, so I hope it might get a bit of an airing. If you were closer I’d ask you to join us and bring one of your lovely creations whenever we do the presentation (I think there will be one). Have a lovely week! ♥

  3. From your review, it sounds like a missed opportunity, to have a really contemporary thriller surrounding the many problems with social media. That said, I would almost certainly watch something like this on TV.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. It does work well and the characters and situations are well portrayed (although sometimes you need to check your critical abilities at the door) although, as I said, it works better at an emotional level than as a police procedural. But I’m sure you’re right and it would make a great TV drama/thriller. Have a great week.

  4. Hi Olga. Thanks for this compelling review. You make a good case for reading the book, while being honest about it. Anything that gets described as both “claustrophobic” and a “roller coaster” has to be intriguing. Hugs.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. A fascinating book, although not without some issues. But I recommend it for people who are particularly drawn to characters. Have a great week!

  5. Another great review, Olga, very thorough and honest.

    1. Thanks, Luccia. It has its good and its not so good points, but she can write, for sure, and I am likely to read another one of her novels in the future.

      1. I recently finished The Woman at the Window and completely agree with your review. A well written and plotted novel, but….

        1. Good to know it wasn’t only me, as people are raving about it. I’m curious to see what he’ll write next, but he knows the market.

          1. Between you and me there were too many loose threads, too ‘tidy’ an ending, and her behaviour didn’t ring true…

          2. Yes… I thought his descriptions of the psychiatric condition were good, but I always worry about the depictions of professionals who seem to have no common sense whatsoever (although, of course, I’ve met some who don’t, but usually the professional training kicks in, in certain situations…)

  6. Lilyn G says:

    I don’t know if I’m able to read a book dealing with the effects of psychological abuse at home, but this does look temping. Whomever designed the cover did a fantastic job!

    1. I agree on the cover. She does a great job of that part, but I know it’s a difficult subject. Have a lovely day, Lilyn.

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