Review – Spider in the Corner of the Room by Nikki Owen @nikkiwriter

23561190‘Powerful and gripping – an adrenaline-filled thriller you won’t forget’ – Sunday Times bestseller Kimberley Chambers

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

Praise for The Spider in the Corner of the Room
‘A powerful, penetrating and intensely different read that seizes your attention from the very first page.’ – Liz Robinson, LoveReading
‘An intriguing and original novel, with an underlying sense of menace and mystery.’ – Ruth Hunter, Booktime Editor at Bertram
‘A great conspiracy thriller and a mind-bending tale!’ – Booktime
‘Powerful and gripping – an adrenaline-filled thriller you won’t forget’ – Sunday Times bestseller Kimberley Chambers


I was initially intrigued by the blurb accompanying this book.  And then I started to read it.  And if it wasn’t for the fact that work and sleep got in the way, I would have read this in one sitting.

The book starts after the murder has already taken place, so the reader is discovering at the same time as Maria whether or not she is innocent.

The premise is good, and the narrative is pacey and very cleverly written.  The story flicks between now and the past, but without clear delineation that it is doing so.  And this, I assume,is intended to deliberately confuse the reader a little, so that you are better able to understand and empathise with Maria’s own sense of confusion and frustration.

Tense, tangled and thrilling, this is a highly enjoyable and engrossing read.


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About the author


Nikki Owen is an award-winning writer and columnist. Previously, Nikki was a marketing consultant and University teaching fellow 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 The Spider in the Corner of the Room, Dr Maria Martinez, hails from.
The Spider in the Corner of the Room is Nikki’s debut international novel – the first in a trilogy – and will be published in several languages. In 2014, the trilogy was optioned by NBC Universal Television for a one-hour returnable TV series.

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