BOOK & AUTHOR INFO:
The Killing Files by Nikki Owen
(The Project Trilogy #2)
Published by: Harlequin
Publication date: June 2nd 2016
Genres: Thriller, Suspense, Mystery
No matter how fast you run, the past always catches up with you.
Dr Maria Martinez is out of prison and on the run.
Her mission? To get back to the safety of her family.
Little does she know that this might be the most dangerous place of all…
Firstly, let me caution you. This is not a intended to be a standalone book. To get the maximum benefit, I recommend that you should read Subject 375 first (previously titled “The Spider in the Corner of the Room” – my review HERE)
But oh my, this book. The narrative style of the author means that as a reader, I was constantly off balance. Flicking back and forth between the recent past and the present, the slow release of information which was fed through ensured that I was never fully confident of who her captor was. And even when that tidbit was confirmed, the confusion about the reality of Maria’s situation continued. Mistrust and suspicion abound.
The real genius about this story is that the truth is a stretch to believe. The potential alternatives are far more plausible. The betrayal is breathtaking in its extent.
I can’t wait to read the conclusion.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
So, let’s see. A bit about me as an author. Well, for as long as I can remember, I’ve always written fiction. And talked. Boy can I talk.
Aged 5, I re-wrote Thumbelina (with paint & scribbles); at 14, won a competition for a book jacket and blurb design judged by Quentin Blake; at 27, was long-listed for a BBC Talent script for Casualty; and at 34, was short-listed for a Guardian travel writing competition.
In February 2013, I was awarded third place in the Wotton-Under-Edge Arts and Literature Festival Short Story Competition.
In between, I gained a BA (Hons) in International Business Studies and Spanish (get me), spending a year in Spain and studying at the acclaimed University of Salamanca – the same city where my protagonist of The Spider in the Corner of the Room and the Project trilogy, Dr Maria Martinez, hails from.
I’ve written for the Gloucestershire Gazette, commenting on politics and society issues, and have been a columnist for the Citizen and Echo newspapers and Weekend magazine, commenting on popular culture.
Previously, I’ve been a Marketing Manager, Head of Copywriting for an advertising agency, plus a Teaching Fellow at the University of Bristol.
These days I still teach, except now its more creative writing led, including courses on How to Get Published, chairing events at Literary Festivals and even running the social media feed for my lovely local Nailsworth Arts Festival. It’s great and I get to meet and work with some truly amazing, dedicated and fun people.
Originally a Dublin (Irish) gal, I now live in Gloucestershire (UK) with my beautiful little family. Ooo, and I like Guinness (naturally…)