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Published by Harlequin, 23
June 2016. ISBN: 978-1-848-45441-5
Doctor Maria Martinez has Asperger’s and at a very
young age was recruited and experimented on by the Project, a covet programme
formed to offset cyber crime and connected to MI5. We meet her when she is just
coming to in what seems like a cell or dungeon. She is tied up and attached to
a machine delivering drugs into her arm on a timer.
The story then goes back in time
and we slowly learn by alternate chapters how she came to be imprisoned in what
turns out to be a basement.
Because of the drugs she is given
she cannot recall the past clearly, but gradually remembers that an important
file exists that will expose the cruel and corrupt business of the Project for
what it is. It also contains details of all the people recruited in the same
way as Maria. The more she remembers the more desperate she gets to free
herself and tell the truth about the Project and in particular about a Doctor
Carr who she nicknames “Black Eyes”.
Her spirits rise when her
brother, Ramon, comes into the basement and she is sure he is going to release
her but it seems he has other ideas. Surely he cannot be connected to the
Project can he?
There follows one revelation
after another, making for very gripping and exciting reading until all is made
clear, although Maria suffers much heartache on the way.
Well, the action certainly never
lets up in this book. Nikki Owen uses a way of writing a story in that just
about every chapter alternates from the present day to back in time to how
Maria comes to be confined in the basement. It cleverly builds the tension up
in such a way that it made me turn the pages faster and faster.
Apparently the Killing Files is the second book in a trilogy, it will be
interesting to see what happens next. I look forward to the third one with
Nikki Owen is an award-winning freelance writer and columnist
currently based in Gloucestershire.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.
I have a great love of books and reading, especially crime and thrillers. I
play the occasional game of golf (when I am not reading). My great love
is cruising especially to far flung places, when there are long days at sea for
plenty more reading! I am really enjoying reviewing books and have found lots
of great new authors.