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The Heart Tastes Bitter by Víctor del Árbol

A well crafted psychological thriller, set in Madrid, which took a few pages to get into but once I was hooked I didn’t want to put it down.  The many with twists, where strangers lives cross, keep you guessing.

Frustrating, yet compelling, mystery which includes connections just a bit too far to be believed and coincidences which are well designed to keep you guessing. Probably too many layers to make it an enjoyable read – took too much thought to work out the relationships between characters.

Talented Spanish author, Víctor del Árbol was a new name to me and I was intrigued by the synopsis and reviews.  I was very excited to win this book in a Goodreads giveaway. and couldn’t wait to get started on it as soon as it arrived.  I wouldn’t have picked this up in a store but I was glad to have won a copy!


A remarkable psychological thriller by award-winning author Víctor del Árbol.

Eduardo Quintana is a broken man. The tragedy that cost him the lives of his family is a wound he daily tears open afresh. The once renowned painter wallows in grief, subsisting on alcohol and drugs, eking out a living with whatever painting commissions he can get.

But when he is approached by a mysterious woman who wants him to paint a portrait of the man who killed her son, he soon becomes entangled in a web of deceit in which no one, and nothing, is as they seem. With each brushstroke, Eduardo opens doors that were meant to have stayed shut — doors that, once opened, can never be closed.

Set against the haunted and unsettling backdrop of a Madrid plagued by unrest and economic upheaval, The Heart Tastes Bitter is a dark and compelling story of the search for redemption, revenge, and love — and the cruel power of fate.

AUTHOR Víctor del Árbol
BOOK TITLE The Heart Tastes Bitter
PUBLISHER Scribe Publiacations
PRINT LENGTH 432 pages
ISBN 9781925321159
OBTAINED: GoodReads (giveaway win)




Víctor del Árbol was born in Barcelona in 1968 and was an officer of the Catalan police force from 1992 to 2012. In 2006, he won the Tiflos Best Novel Award for his book, The Weight of the Dead, and his next novel, The Sadness of the Samurai, was awarded the 2011 Best European Crime Fiction Prize. His novels have been translated into a dozen languages, and in 2016 he was awarded the prestigious Premio Nadal literature award.

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