The Spider in the Corner of the Room by Nikki Owen

Article published on June 4, 2015.

Part One of the Project Trilogy.

Plastic surgeon Dr Maria Martinez has Asperger’s. She is also a convicted criminal, charged with a murder that she cannot remember. DNA evidence places Maria at the scene of the crime, yet she claims she’s innocent.

Finding herself incarcerated in a London prison, surrounded by dangerous convicts, Maria knows she does not belong here. Her incredible intelligence and her difficulty in interacting with others means she quickly becomes the target of certain inmates, particularly the terrifying Michaela Crofts. But does Michaela know more than she’s letting on?

Maria’s prison counsellor does not seem to be able to make anything clearer either. Then she starts to remember…a strange room, being watched, intensive testing. And she discovers she has an ability to do things that she had no idea she was capable of – hacking into computers, decoding encrypted files…is she all part of a bigger plan?

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.

An adrenaline-fuelled thriller, building with brilliant pace to a climactic court case, The Spider in the Corner of the Room will leave you breathless with anticipation for the next instalment.

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About the author

Nikki Owen is an award-winning freelance writer and columnist. A former advertising copywriter and marketer, she has always written creatively, including radio sketches for the BBC. She lives in Gloucestershire.

The Spider in the Corner of the Room by Nikki Owen, published by Mira on 4th June, 2015 at £7.99


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