Subject 375 (The Spider in the corner of the Room) by Nikki Owen

‘You have to stay in here,’ she says. ‘Stay in Goldmouth. It is vital, understand? We know who you are. You need to stay put. Or Callidus will come knocking. Forget Father Reznik, you hear? Forget he was ever there. You shouldn’t have come looking in the first place. Either of you.’

What I expected:
It was the description for this book that tempted me. The fact that Maria had been incarcerated, but had no memory of the murder. 

What it was:
This book kept me engaged all the way through, even though it flits between past and present. The descriptions of what Maria is experiencing and her feelings of losing her grip are so realistic, you feel for her.  The desperation! Because of her Aspergers, Maria struggles to recognise facial expressions and to moderate her behaviours, this doesn’t help her situation while she is in prison. And, the people around her are not all they seem, she doesn’t know who is trying to help her, who is trying to hinder her. She does know that she needs to keep her journal, to write down all her thoughts, whether they make sense or not.

This is definitely a book that I would buy, I really enjoyed reading it. I will also be recommending it to my book reading friends. 

I received an e-ARC of this novel through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. NetGalley does not allow for paid reviews.

Subject 375 was previously titled The Spider in the Corner of the Room.

5/5 Stars (What this means…five-stars-applied-carefully)

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Official description:
What to believe
Who to betray
When to run

Plastic surgeon Dr Maria Martinez has Asperger’s. Convicted of killing a Catholic 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.


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