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The Spider in the Corner of the Room by Nikki Owen
  

The Spider in the Corner of the Room

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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

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Shaun O'Keefe - 'Psychological thriller meets conspiracy in Nikki Owen's gripping debut. A thought-provoking, gripping and at times, terrifying read, The Spider in the Corner of the Room is compulsive reading at its very best.'
  • Lisa Hall - 'A brilliant novel of intrigue and deceit, with the twists and turns of the best conspiracy theories, I absolutely loved The Spider in the Corner of the Room.'
  • Sophia Ufton - 'Wow, that was a story and half. This thriller is amazing, some unsuspecting twists and turns that you never thought possible! Cannot wait for the next instalment of this trilogy!'
  • Celia Cohen - 'A well written psychological thriller.'
  • Debbie Patrick - 'Plastic surgeon Dr Maria Martinez has Aspergers. She is alone and in a London prison convicted of murder....'
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'If you like haunting thrillers, this one is for you.  Totally compelling and credible.'
  • Cath Sell - 'This thriller features the intriguing Dr. Maria Martinez - in prison and fighting (literally at times) to clear her name and keep alive...neither is for certain.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'If you love conspiracy theories then you will really enjoy this first book in this trilogy.'
  • Melanie Kane - 'The plot of this novel was extremely well written with great narrative and detail. A powerful account of lies, deceit, murder, espionage and cruelty all which made for a very provocative read.'
  • Janet Gilliard - 'The style is a little awkward but the story is interesting.'
  • Rachel Bridgeman - 'Too convoluted and clever for its' own good, this debut thriller tried to do so much in the space of the book that many elements were left dangling.'
  • Caroline Mathews - 'Disappointing, I'm afraid.  I think there's a decent story in there somewhere, but it took too long to get going.'
  • Nicola Kingswell - 'A gripping novel part murder mystery, part conspiracy theory.'
  • Celeste Mc Creesh - 'I feel like there is more to this story for the reader and Maria to uncover and I'm really looking forward to the next instalment of this trilogy.'
  • Bev Farningham - 'Well written but to be honest this story did nothing for me.'

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Synopsis

The Spider in the Corner of the Room by Nikki Owen

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.

As addictive as the Bourne novels, with a protagonist as original as The Bridge’s Saga Norén.

Part one of The Project trilogy

Reviews

Praise for The Spider in the Corner of the Room:

‘Powerful and gripping – an adrenaline-filled thriller you won't forget' – Sunday Times bestseller Kimberley Chambers

‘An intriguing and original novel, with an underlying sense of menace and mystery.’ - Ruth Hunter Booktime Editor (Bertram Group)

‘A great conspiracy thriller and a mind-bending tale!’ - Booktime

About the Author

Nikki Owen

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.

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Publication date

4th June 2015

Author

Nikki Owen

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Publisher

Mira an imprint of Harlequin (UK)

Format

Paperback

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Crime / Mystery
Debuts of the Month


ISBN

9781848453739

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