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Born in Dublin, Ireland, Nikki Owen is an award-winning writer and columnist. Previously, Nikki worked in advertising as a copywriter, and was a teaching fellow at the University of Bristol, UK, before turning to writing full time. As part of her degree, she studied at the acclaimed University of Salamanca - the same city where her protagonist of Subject 375 Dr Maria Martinez, hails from.
Part one in the Project trilogy, Subject 375 was Nikki's debut international novel and was published in many languages around the world, was selected for TV Eire AM prestigious Book Club choice and was part of Amazon's 'Rising Star debut selection'. In 2014, the trilogy was optioned by NBC Universal Television for a one-hour returnable TV series.
Nikki is now a full time writer and lives in the Cotswolds, UK with her husband and two children.
The final book in the ‘Project Trilogy’ and it’s an absolute belter as the story surges to a fittingly dramatic conclusion. In the present day Maria finds herself back at the Project facility, and feels as though she is home. Piercing the present are flashback views to the time immediately prior to her re-initiation, just as you settle into one time frame, you are thrown again, deliberately making you suspect, and question everything in front of you. If you haven't yet met Dr Maria Martinez, do start with ‘Subject 375’ and ‘The Killing Files’, as to truly appreciate Maria you need to have an understanding of the first two books. Maria speaks in the first person, and due to her Asperger syndrome, I found myself viewing everything differently as my mind evaluated and raced to keep up with hers. Nikki Owen has created a sharp and fast moving storyline, where momentary bubbles of amusement create a welcome diversion in this deeply intense world. ‘The Girl Who Ran’ is a surprisingly intimate and thought-provoking read, in a fascinating, thrilling setting, and when I reached the end I sat back with a contented sigh.
One of our Books of the Year 2016. A piercing, fast-paced and absolutely riveting read, the second book in ‘The Project Trilogy’ lives up to expectations. Having been gripped by the first in the series, I really do recommend starting with ‘Subject 375’ which was previously titled ‘The Spider in the Corner of the Room’. Dr Maria Martinez has been found not guilty of murder, she now races to discover the truth, but what version will she find? Nikki Owen plunges you straight into the story and straight inside Maria’s head as she tells the tale in the first person. With two different time frames, plus flashbacks, you need to concentrate to keep up, but this is oh so readably addictive. Maria has Asperger syndrome, finding myself inside her mind quickly became second nature. As I bore witness to her thoughts and actions, my own thoughts were set on a serated edge. Even though this is a wonderful all action thriller, there is a vulnerability to the writing, inducing feelings that prodded and provoked my consciousness. Placing you firmly in a different world, balancing a razor-edged tightrope of shocks and suspense, ‘The Killing Files’ is a fabulous thriller with a difference.
June 2015 Debut of the Month. A powerful, penetrating and intensely different read that seizes your attention from the very first page. The author cleverly writes in the first person narrative in two different time frames, Maria has Asperger syndrome and we are held on the edge of a connection and understanding, yet allowed intimate access to her anxiety, fear and torment. As Maria questions her memory, her thoughts, her grasp on the present and past, a creeping sense of foreboding and fear settles across the pages. For much of the novel you are kept in the dark alongside Maria, which provokes and agitates your interest, suggestions are made then ripped away, suspicions are roused and then extinguished. This fascinating premise works, it leaves you wanting more; just who can be trusted and what is the truth? ~ Liz Robinson
Subject 375 brings a unique twist to the suspense genre by featuring a protagonist with Asperger's syndrome.What to believe. Who to betray. When to run.Plastic surgeon Dr. Maria Martinez has Asperger's. Convicted of killing a priest, she is alone in prison and has no memory of the murder. DNA evidence places Maria at the scene of the crime, yet she claims she's innocent. Then she starts to remember A strange room. Strange people. Being watched.As Maria gets closer to the truth, she is drawn into a web of international intrigue and must fight not only to clear her name but to remain alive.With a protagonist as original as The Bridge's Saga Norn, part one in the Project trilogy is as addictive as the Bourne novels."e;Powerful and gripping-an adrenaline-filled thriller you won't forget."e;-Kimberley Chambers, bestselling author of Payback
A genius mathematician with the ability to remember every detail she sees, Dr. Maria Martinez-Subject 375-has finally escaped the covert Project Callidus group that's been controlling her since birth.But her escape only intensifies the Project's need to retrieve their subject. The powers at the very top of the organization will stop at nothing to ensure that she fulfills the mission she was born to complete.Maria soon realizes, despite the distance she puts between herself and her pursuers, that she can trust no one and that there's no way to hide and stay safe forever. Can she trust herself enough to stop running and right the path of her own destiny-even if that means returning to the very people she has fought so hard to escape?
In the second book in Nikki Owen’s electrifying Project trilogy, it’s clear that no matter how fast you run, the past always catches up with you.Dr. Maria Martinez is out of prison, exonerated of a murder she still doesn’t remember. But even though she’s a free woman, she’s on the run.A file exists, the contents of which could mean life or death for Maria. And members of the Project, the ruthless underground organization that framed her for murder, are after her because of it.To escape their grasp, she must find the file and then retreat to the safety of her family home in Spain. Little does she know that this might be the most dangerous place of all, and that to survive, she’ll have to keep one step ahead.“Powerful and gripping.” -Kimberly Chambers, bestselling author“A must-have.” -Sunday Express“A gripping and tense thriller.” - Heat
What to believe. Who to betray. When to run.Plastic surgeon Dr. Maria Martinez has Asperger's. Convicted of killing a priest, she is alone in prison and has no memory of the murder. DNA evidence places Maria at the scene of the crime, yet she claims she's innocent. Then she starts to remember ...A strange room. Strange people. Being watched.As Maria gets closer to the truth, she is drawn into a web of international intrigue and must fight not only to clear her name but to remain alive.With a protagonist as original as The Bridge's Saga Noren, part one in the Project trilogy is as addictive as the Bourne novels.
Are you charismatic enough to be a successful leader? You don't have to shout or show off to be charismatic. Charisma is often seen as an intangible concept that unconsciously attracts a negative reaction in the world of business. There is a stereotypical image that a charismatic leader is a confident extrovert with a big personality. Even if charisma can be taught, (and many research papers indicate that you either have it or you don't) the question is: how important is charisma for leadership success? Life puts layers onto individuals, much like paint. Year after year, more layers are added until you no longer know how deeply buried the authentic you is. It's time to start celebrating the real you! In Charismatic to the Core, Nikki Owen strips away the unwanted layers and takes you back to your authentic self. It is a revelation, a rebirth, a realisation that life can be on your own terms. Your leadership impact can be whatever you desire it to be. When you are being true to who you really are at your core, your charisma shines through.