31 May 2014

“Family, Lust and Cameras” by Olga Núñez Miret

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22379463“Family, Lust and Cameras” by Olga Núñez Miret is a fantastic psychological thriller about the boundary breaking interest that her step brother Herman displays for our protagonist, Pat. For some readers the issue of sexual desire between step siblings might be edgy but for me it is handled just right and it adds more than just a minor element of sensationalism to an already strong and fascinating plot. It has been a while since a book has had such an immediate impact and almost hypnotic spell on me. Pat is brilliantly drawn as a strong and outspoken character but so is her step brother. The dialogue between the two of them is sharp, honest and explosive and compelling to read. Pat has escaped Herman once before but now that he has found her she agrees to meet him to negotiate. She likes her new life, lover and job and has a lot to lose. There is a little more to the story as it unfolds, which adds further to the reading pleasure. The author has a background in psychology and easily breaks her characters down with analytic ease and excellent empathy, making this an intellectual feast as well as a wild entertaining ride. Magnificent and Olga Núñez Miret best so far. Highly recommended.

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6562510About this author

I was born in Barcelona and have always been a keen reader and writer, although never published anything apart from reviews until recently. I studied Medicine and moved to UK to specialise in psychiatry. My last job was a forensic psychiatrist but I have now left to try to explore other avenues, do more writing, offer my services translating other people’s work (English-Spanish/Spanish-English) and… who knows? 
I studied a BA in American Literature at the University of Sussex (that included a year abroad, at Mount Holyoke College) that I loved and completed a PhD on the same subject (although I wrote about the films of David Mamet). I have recently also obtained an MSc on Criminology (DL) by the University of Leicester. Yes, I like to study.
I have written a variety of things from a very young age. Initially this was in Spanish. When I moved to the UK and after a few years I attended a creative writing evening class and started writing short stories. After also attending a short story writing course at Mount Holyoke I moved on to writing longer fiction. 
Currently I have two versions of the same book published, ‘The Man Who Never Was’ and ‘El hombre que nunca existió’. 
In February 2013 I published a Young Adult Novella ‘Twin Evils?’ (also available in Spanish version ‘Gemela Maldad’) and I am working on a series of YA novels in the paranormal genre.
In January 2014 I published ‘Escaping Psychiatry’ (Una vez psiquiatra…) a collection of three stories with a psychiatrist and writer as the main character. 
In May 2014 I published a novella (psychological thriller) ‘Family, lust and cameras’ (Familia, lujuria y cámaras) 
I have a blog with wordpress, where I blog about a variety of matters, including my books, and have a regular post featuring guest authors. 
http://OlgaNM.wordpress.com (less)

 

Do you enjoy watching? Do you think it doesn’t harm anybody? 
What would happen if your life became The rear window? Pat thought she’d left her past behind and started a new life. But one doesn’t get rid of voyeurism, obsessions and family quite that easily. Sometimes one has to adopt drastic measures to survive the harassment of a man, particularly a man like Herman. And this time Pat is determined to win, whatever the price. 
In this world where technology dominates our lives, we’re never alone and privacy doesn’t exist, this novella more than a work of fiction is a warning about the dangers that haunt us in our own homes. How far would you be prepared to go to get revenge from somebody intent on controlling your life? 
Author and psychiatrist Olga Núñez Miret brings us another story where the character’s motives and the inner-workings of their brains will keep you guessing. Brief, tense and with no flourishes, the story will keep you reading non-stop till the end. If you’re fans of ‘Psycho’, ‘Peeping Tom’ and ‘Single White Female’ and are fascinated and repelled in equal degree by ‘Big Brother’ this adult story will get you hooked. 

written by
Christoph Fischer was born in Germany in 1970 as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ is his first published work. He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.

2 Responses to ““Family, Lust and Cameras” by Olga Núñez Miret”

  1. Sarah (S. R.) Mallery says:

    Just bought it. Looks great! Thanks for writing it, Olga, and thanks for featuring, Christoph!

  2. Sarah (S.R.) Mallery says:

    Looks fascinating…just bought it!

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