“An alternately dark, emotional, tender, and violent contemporary collection that I enjoyed greatly. Highly recommended” – Raven Crime Reads (21 Feb 2017)
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“Finely woven and intelligently written” – Jaffa Reads Too (17 Feb 2017)
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“[B]eautifully wrought, deeply unnerving…Ortega-Medina holds a mirror up to our darkest thoughts and urges – while showing the oneness of the human condition” – The Irish News (16 Feb 2017)
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“Dark and mysterious short stories set around the world” – Trip Fiction (16 Feb 2017)
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“A tremendous dichotomy of a read and a real page-turner” – G Scene Magazine (13 Feb 2016)
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“A sparkling collection of short stories that will leave you clamouring for more…a diamond among a sea of cubic zirconia” – Breakaway Reviews (13 Feb 2017)
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“A rich, varied, thought-provoking and eye-opening collection” – BookMunch (07 Feb 2017)
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“The author’s ability to build such complex and thought provoking storylines with only a couple of pages is impressive.” – GIRLY BOOK CLUB – (16 Jan 2017)
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“Ortega-Medina’s prose is elegant and potent throughout, with visceral passages bathed in lyricism…” Kirkus Reviews

“Like a poisonous spider inside a velvet rose, Ortega-Medina’s sensuous tales always unfold to reveal something beautiful and disturbing at their heart. It’s a highly original debut, atmospheric and enticingly mysterious.”
Christopher Fowler, multi award-winning author of 45 novels and short-story collections

“Orlando Ortega-Medina’s stories take you to places you wouldn’t want to venture alone – and to the darkest recesses of your own mind and soul. Deliciously dark and dangerous.”
Andrew Crofts, bestselling international author & ghostwriter

“I love Ortega-Medina’s use of language and the way he creates mood. I particularly like the layer of … the supernatural or mystique permeating the title story, even though the whole thing is happening on the mundane plane … as if the woman was really the incarnation of Ashtoreth — still in the Levant; still demanding offerings.”
Alex Hernandez, author of Bound for the Promised Land, (Man-Kzin Wars XIII, Baen Books)