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All This I Will Give to You

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  13,509 ratings  ·  1,623 reviews
The award-winning, international bestselling page-burner about the secrets and lies of one man that lead another into a treacherous house of strangers…

When novelist Manuel Ortigosa learns that his husband, Álvaro, has been killed in a car crash, it comes as a devastating shock. It won’t be the last. He’s now arrived in Galicia. It’s where Álvaro died. It’s where the case h
Kindle Edition, 490 pages
Published September 1st 2018 by Amazon Crossing (first published November 2016)
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
A couple of month's ago did I listen to all the books in the Baztán trilogy by Dolores Redondo. I was so captivated by them that it was with quite a lot of sadness that I finished the last book. So, when I learned that there was a new book translated into English to read was I thrilled and hoped to a chance to read it soon. So, I was happy to get the chance to be part of the blog tour for the book.

I have to admit that what I most wanted was a continuation to the last book in the Baztán trilogy
Anne ✨
(2.5) The blurb calls this story a 'page-burner' , but for me it was more like a 'slow-burner'! The concept for this story was promising, but it was too long, overly detailed, and the pace was the same all through the book, with very little excitement. Majority of the characters are unlikeable, and I ended up not caring about the mystery at all, and just couldn't wait to be finished with it. Overall a ‘meh’ read for me. ...more
Kevin Dowson
Sep 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Let me start by saying that this is a beautifully written book. It is descriptive, highly literate and intelligently structured, not to mention immaculately translated.

My 3-star review is no reflection on the quality of the writing, but rather a case of it sadly being "Not Really My Thing". It took me quite a long time to read, which is quite telling. I found it to be more of a sort of disfunctional family drama, or a historical drama without the history, than what I would call a suspense novel.
Nov 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Books like this make me wish my Spanish was good enough to read in the original language. There is, in the description of Galicia, enough poetry in the translation to make me long to visit that area of Spain. Reading it in Spanish would take me there.

This is a love story, A story of death, A story of obsession, A story of wanting to hold onto a way of life that will crumble if you squeeze it too tightly, A way of life that will destroy the very people it needs if secrets are allowed to fester.


DNF at 42%

I can't remember when the last time my opinion about a book differed that much not only from the majority of the GR community but also -that is actually more important and what makes me very sad - from the opinion of my dear GR friend with whom we normally are on the same wave and share the same book taste. It came heartily recommended and I didn't hesitate too long. It is also a reason, why I didn't give up early: I was waiting for something extraordinary to happen. In vain.

I have t
Book club read #23 June 2019.

Manuel is an author, married to Alvaro, a businessman in Spain. Alvaro dies in a car accident far from home, not where he was supposed to be on business. When facts begin to surface, Manuel becomes aware of a secret life his husband was living. So much Manuel was never told, what could Alvaro have been covering up? So many questions, was even their love true? And was the accident really a murder?

Off to search for answers, Manuel encounters an entire family and a new
Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~
2.5 stars

This story was too long. Cutting it in half and tightening it up so it would flow better would have been a huge improvement, especially since the ending was so telenovela that I couldn't really take it seriously. Actually, the whole book is setup as a telenovela, with the dead husband with a mysterious past and our MC having to figure it all out with the aid of a retired and homophobic policeman and a priest who grew up with the husband. But it didn't make sense. You have a super famous
I knew him better than anyone.

I started All This I Will Give to You and almost gave it up when I read this sentence, with obsess having an object: And until then the story would take over and obsess him every minute of the day (p. 1). Blech, I thought, another poor translation.

I was wrong. This wasn't a brilliant translation, as it had a certain rigidity that I associate with many translations (this from the Spanish). Nonetheless, I Will Give to You is a compelling novel. In brief, Manuel is clo
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just read this at the perfect time. This is a slow paced, beautiful story in which the least interesting thing for me was the mystery part but Manuel story. Manuel steps guide us to Galicia where secrets, superstitions and privileges go hand in hand tangling us in a web of lies and half truths, where we discover that some of the truths lurking behind the pazo walls are too horrible to be revealed.

Galicia, specially the Ribeira Sacra, becomes a character of the book in its own right. The clima
Elizabeth (Alaska)
For at least close to half the book I thought this feels more like a straight novel than a mystery. Sure, there was that death in the first pages. Manuel Ortigosa was informed that his husband, Álvaro, has been killed in a one car accident. It appears as if Álvaro fell asleep at the wheel about 1am on a Saturday night. Manuel was confused. Álvaro had said he was going to be in Barcelona, but instead was near Lugo - the exact opposite direction from their home in Madrid. What was he doing there a ...more
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an extraordinarily beautiful book. I am sure that I will read it again. It's dense with atmosphere and you will breathe it in with every lively scene. The mediated mood is intense and palpable.
Very early on I felt the pain that would overwhelm me when the book was finished.
It is an excellent translation. So much depends on the skill of the translator. I also heard the audio book and the narrator made it perfect.
The blurb reveals everything you need to know. There's nothing more to say ab
Jan 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks, lgbt
I suppose this one might qualify as a "beach read" but I'm glad I stuck with it. Since my faithful readers know I hate re-hashing plots, I'll just say that the ending was tied up neatly, though not perfectly.

For me, the strongest part of the story had to do with the gay widower having to face his husband's family none of whom knew of his existence, let alone that his husband was gay; absolutely, positively not the same thing had the main character been a heterosexual woman. I suppose if I were g
Jennie Louwes
Sep 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Homosexuality plays a major role within this book's storyline; but, not in ways you might think. I appreciated that there were no graphic sex scenes (as I prefer within most of the books I read. In my opinion, sex scenes are often gratuitous, unnecessary, and serve no real purpose.) For the most part, this is an unconventional love story where many things are/were hidden.

This was a s-l-o-w read for me. I'm surprised I slogged my way through; but, I did, and in the end I sit back and am glad. Not
Michelle Scott
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
I happened upon this book by accident when I was searching for mysteries on Amazon.  I am so glad that I found it!  Not only was it a compelling mystery, it was also interesting to read a book set in Spain since I've never read one before (with the exception of my miserable attempt to read Don Quixote.)

One thing I liked was that the main character, Manuel, is gay and married to Alvaro.  Too often I read books that overly sexualize gay characters.  That really turns me off.  This story, however,
ETA 07/11/19: So months after I finished this book I have decided to lower my rating from 4 to 1 star. This is obviously a huge change of heart, although a very meditated and a very personal one. This is objectively a great book, but the only thing I can remember about it is (view spoiler) and while I understand the need to talk about difficult themes in books and movies, I think there are more appropriate ways to do it. This book has broken ...more
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gruesome goings on in Galicia


Visit the locations in the novel

A unique and compelling mystery. From the start, there’s a sense of confusion and mystery as no one really seems to know what’s going on with the accident. There’s a certain atmosphere as the police don’t seem comfortable acknowledging that the dead man was married to another man. Then there’s the fact he wasn’t where his husband thought he was, nor did he have his wedding ring on.

Now, if you think it all looks like it’s going one way,
Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
Seriously folks. gr is not an international website. Look at the data on this one. ZERO. NADA. NICHTS.

Congratulations to Dolores Redondo for winning the Premio Planeta de Novela,worth €601,000.

See also her The Baztan Trilogy.
Tanja Berg
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Manuel gets the kind of visit from the police no one ever wants to get. His husband Alvaro has been killed in a car accident while visiting his estranged family. Manuel travels down and stumbles across suspicous circumstances. He also discovers he is the sole heir of his deceased husband's expansive estate and that his in-laws are the worst. Little by little, and with the help of a retired police officer, Manuel begins to unravel the family secrets.

This is a beautifully written, captivating book
Charlotte Guzman
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A new author for me and will be looking at more of her books in the future.
The story about Manuel Ortigosa and how his husband of 15 years was killed.
Taking place in Spain the story is a mystery of how a man is killed, the family he is connected to and his secret life that Manuel knew nothing about.
I was pleasantly surprised that this turned into a mystery with a lot of characters and ones I liked and didn't like. I really didn't know who had committed the murder until the end or close to it.
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was so much better than I expected! I was drawn in from the first chapter. It was a freebie from Amazon & I never heard of This author but if you like modern mysteries, This is a really good one. I especially liked the setting.
Apr 17, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 00-own-a-copy
Free on Kindle
Miletta Mihai
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the very good books that has been published recently. Although it took me a little bit getting through the first chapters, the book totally captivated me. It has everything it needs - an old family with problems that is revealed to you step by step, the way the story brings you all the time in the present trying to heal those wounds that are still open; very well defined characters - at the end of the book you know the protagonists as if you just met them for a coffee; the landscape in wh ...more
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was one of those page turner mysteries that is full of intriguing twists and turns. Set in Spain, it’s setting and characters are compelling. Because it’s been translated so beautifully, I couldn’t help but admire the writer’s style and attention to detail. There were passages that I reread just because they were such a pleasure to take in. There is an abundance of subtle symbolism that I’m still left wondering about even now. It’s a novel that will be with me for some time.
Alec Rigdon
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This one took me three months to read, but I'm so glad I stuck it out. At first I was lulled into a false sense of sedation, trying to figure out the tone of the book. When the mystery aspect really took off, I was hooked. It does feel a bit lengthy, especially on e-book, where you can't visualize how much there is. I certainly found the last half of the book to be very engrossing. The characters all seem fully realized, subtle, and, most importantly, human. ...more
Terry Kinane
Oct 23, 2020 rated it liked it
I don't know what to say about this book! I struggled to get through it yet it was a good story. There were times when I was bored yet I liked the characters. Very mixed feelings however I would not rule it out as a recommendation! ...more
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, mystery, 2020
I'm a big fan of murder mysteries, but this one didn't work for me. The story starts with the death of Alvaro - Manuel's husband - in suspicious circumstances. Inexplicably this is covered up by the police and even more inexplicably, despite having plenty of resources to hire a professional investigator or pressure the police into a proper investigation, Manuel decides to look into the matter himself. He's not a trained investigator or anything, he just meets a retired police man who also has ti ...more
Patricia  Ventola
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it

First of all, I want to say that I liked the book a lot. It has that unmistakable mix of a current novel with situations that can happen at any time.
The characters have a complexity and magnificent dialogues. You love or hate them according to the moment and the final outcome, nothing predictable. The way how he was depositing doubts in the reader was excellent and Manuel is, without a doubt, The Protagonist with capital letters
Cherise Wolas
This just didn't grab me. Overly long with pedestrian writing for the mystery that's ultimately revealed. ...more
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Manuel Ortigosa is a writer living in Madrid. He is hard at work on his next novel, waiting for his husband Alvaro to return from a business trip to Barcelona, when he receives word from police that Alvaro has been killed in a car accident. In Galicia, the opposite side of the country from Barcelona. Manuel travels to the town in Galicia where Alvaro died and learns that his husband was the Marquis of an ancient aristocratic family and Galicia is their ancestral home. Alvaro
Anne Slater
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
The back-story to the title comes at least a third if not half way though the book, so I won't reveal it. Just believe me, it is the very subtle back-bone of this very sad Romance, in the broader sense of "a romantic novel".

Set in contemporary Spain, with the leading man losing his husband to a car accident in the first 15 minutes....(you can't get more contemporary than that), Redondo slowly reveals the warp and weft of the setting: an aristocratic family, its internal and external strife, smal
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Dolores Redondo Meira nació el 1 de febrero de 1969 en Donostia-San Sebastián. Estudió Derecho y restauración y durante algunos años se dedicó a los negocios.

Comenzó escribiendo relatos cortos y cuentos infantiles. En 2009 publicó su primera novela, Los Privilegios del Ángel - (Eunate Editorial) y en marzo de 2013 se publicará El guardián invisible , primera novela de la trilogía del Baztán .


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