BOOK REVIEW: 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 Aspergers, 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 stay alive.

Publisher: Mira
Pages: 368

The Spider in the Corner of the Room was such a different take on the thriller and I really enjoyed it. It is book one of the Project Trilogy which is very exciting as we know that we will get at least two more books from this exciting new author.
Dr Maria Cruz-Martinez is a Spanish consultant who has just been convicted of the brutal murder of a priest. However, she cannot remember the murde
r even though forensic evidence has placed her at the scene. In the first chapter we meet Maria as she begins her new life in prison; terrifying for most I would imagine but someone with Aspergers it is hell. Maria having Aspergers makes her even more interesting as it makes the reader look at things differently as that is what Maria does. It is a very large focus of the book but it in no way infringes on the fast-paced nature of the story. The writing reflects Maria's Aspergers; there are times when it goes back and forth and there were times when I wasn't sure if Maria was having a flashback or if it was something she had imagined.
There is a lot going on in this book and the pace is extremely fast, you feel as though you are being taken along for a ride and you need to hang on,
The Spider in the Corner of the Room is original and well written. Nikki Owen makes it all entirely believable and you want to invest your emotions in the character and plot. I really, really liked Maria and it will be so interesting to see what happens in the next instalment.

Many thanks to the people at Mira for sending me a copy of the book to review.  

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