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The Killing Files WINS the Book Noir Book of the Year Award 2017

Nudge Books, the acclaimed publishing magazine, has today announced that The Killing Files by Nikki Owen, has won their Book Noir Book of the Year Award for 2017.

In a competitive and highly talented shortlist, which included authors such as Peter May and Daniel Pembry, The Killing Files – the second book in the popular Dr Martinez series – was voted for by readers as being their outstanding thriller for 2017. Said Nikki on winning the award: ‘I’m thoroughly delighted to win. The Killing Files was in great shortlist company, and it means so much to me that the readers chose my novel to win. Thank you to everyone who voted.’

The award follows hot on the heels of recent wins for Nikki’s novels. In December, the USA Magazine, Audio File awarded Subject 375 its coveted ‘Earphones’ award for the audio book version of the novel, and both The Killing Files and Subject 375 appeared on ‘Top books of the Year’ reading lists for the popular website and leading USA publishing magazine, The Strand.

The final instalment in the Dr Martinez thriller series comes out in the UK in June 2017. The paperback edition of Subject 375 comes out in the USA in May 2017. The Dr Martinez Thriller series is currently published in over ten languages around the word.

The Killing Files UK Blog Tour for 2016 announced…

The official 2016 UK Blog Tour for The Killing Files has now been announced, and includes reviews from some of the country’s top book bloggers. Click on the mage to view the full tour banner.

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The Killing Files cover is revealed…

[Transmission date: 06/05/16]

Delighted to share with you the official cover reveal for my upcoming conspiracy thriller ‪#‎TheKillingFiles‬!  Part two of the internationally acclaimed Project trilogy, the book cover is very atmospheric, and I’m really pleased with the Heat Magazine quoting on the front, as well as from Sunday Times bestseller, Kimberley Chambers.

And for those you want to get their hands on an early review copy, you can request it now @NetGalley, here.


Spider is now Subject 375 & selected for the Kindle Christmas sale

[Transmission date: 05/12/15]

The Spider in the Corner of the Room has a new title: Subject 375.

s3 2Publishers Harper Collins/Mira said: “With hindsight, our feeling was that the original title was intriguing but too ambiguous for the genre – and that with the success of the genre and authors like Charles Cummings, Tony Parsons etc, we as the publishers wanted a simpler, cleaner approach to both titling and image. Equally, as there is such a strong sense of place, we wanted a cover that would reflect the setting and the tension.”

“Furthermore, by retitling and rejacketing, we’ve put the popular character, Dr Maria Martinez, at the heart of the book – she is such a strong protagonist, so getting her front and centre with book 1 will ensure people are hooked into her journey right from the word go.”

Subject 375 will be part of the prestigious Amazon Kindle Christmas sale, on offer for 99p, from 5th-23rd December, 2015.

UK library tour in pictures

November 2015 sees me embarking on her tour of UK libraries talking about writing my debut novel and completing the Project trilogy. A lot of readers have turned up – thanks to all!


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Writers-and-Artists-logo.wpm_“Writing is rewriting”

[Transmission date: 26th August, 2015]

A dream come true here where I speak to the acclaimed Writer’s & Artists Yearbook about the benefits of revising your writing work. Click here to read



book_101627_110951_189105Spider selected as July read by Ireland’s popular TV AM Book Club

[Transmission date: 6th July 2015]

The Spider in the Corner of the Room has been chosen for Ireland’s TV AM Book Club read for July.

The review will be aired on TV AM Ireland at 09.20 on Tuesday 7th July, with Spider is being discussed by the TV AM Book Club team. For the Book Club link, click here


web 2 womans wayNikki talks about the influence of Ireland

[Transmission date: 6th July 2015]

One of Ireland’s leading magazines – Woman’s Way – have run an article on me and the influence of Ireland in my writing. Dublin-born, I talk about how a holiday along the Irish west coast and the wild Atlantic sea left a lasting impression on my creativity.

web 2 spiderSunday Express choose Spider as their ‘Must Have’ read

[Transmission date: 5th July]

Sunday Express newspaper’s ‘S’ magazine today hailed The Spider in the Corner of the Room as a ‘Must Have’ read, calling it unmissable fiction, sitting it along side Oscar winning movie, Still Alice.


web my weeklyWoman’s Weekly hail Spider ‘Truly excellent”

[Transmission date: 5th July 2015]

Woman’s Weekly Magazine have hailed The Spider in the Corner of the Room as ‘truly excellent!’

Selecting the novel as one of their summer reads, the magazine’s Fiction Editor has earmarked Spider as a heart racing read and one of nine ‘terrific reads for summer.’




“Why writing a female lead was empowering”

[Transmission date: 26th June, 2015]

“Not only did it feel right developing a female protagonist – it felt empowering…”

I speak to Barry Forshaw of Crime Time on writing a strong female lead.  To read the full article, click here




 Nikki talks to Sainsbury’s Books

[Transmission date: 23rd June, 2015]

Me talking to Jonathan Pritchard-Barret on why writing is a dirty business… To read the full article  click here 



2 nudgeSpider selected as book of the month

[Transmission date: 22nd June, 2015]

Delighted to announce that The Spider in the Corner of the Room has been selected by as their Book Noir ‘Book of the Month’ for July.

Spider will feature all month on the Book Noir section and there will be an online reading group guide. Great news!

Incorporating NewBooks Magazine, is a place where booklovers can  browse and discover the world of books. Where communities of discerning readers like reach beyond the bestseller lists to seek out hidden gems, uncover breakthrough authors and get the inside story on their favourite types of read.

To see the Nudgebook’s  Book Noir page and read their review of Spider, click here


gazetteLocal press reporting on Spider….

[Transmission date: 5th June 2015]

Local newspaper, The Gloucestershire Gazette, has reported on Spider’s publication. I’m a former columnist for the popular newspaper. To read the article click here.


THE SPIDER IN THE CORNER OFTHE ROOM.indd“The most inventive thriller I have read this year..”: The Spider blog tour has begun

[Transmission date: 5th June 2015]

With the UK Blog tour for The Spider in the Corner of the Room well under way now, I’m chuffed to announce that the novel is receiving rave reviews from bloggers and readers alike. Talking on her blog about Spider, reviewer Liz Barnsley of  says, “[Spider is]…Quite definitively the most inventive thriller I have read this year, and maybe even for a few years before that.”

The blog tour continues Saturday 13th June. For a full list of bloggers taking part, including their reviews, click here

Screen-Shot-2015-04-06-at-5.51.53-PM-300x123Spider receives yet another 5 star critic review

[Transmission date: May 2015]

The Spider in the Corner of the Room has received another 5 star review in what can only be described as a recent surge of rave reviews for the debut novel.

Hailing Spider as, “One of the best, most original thrillers I’ve read in ages,” Laura of top book blogger site,, said the novel is a thriller that will suck you in.  Said Laura of the speed at which she read Spider, “The story is well written and is fast paced and gripping; I raced through this novel in less than 2 days and would have finished it quicker if it wasn’t for work getting in the way!”

This review marks yet another milestone in the surge that is fast-becoming the Spider phenomenon, with the book available in the UK from 4th June.

To read the review in full, click here.


May_Rising_Stars_Top_Banner_900x120._V304543219_Nikki is an Amazon Rising Star for 2015

[Transmission date: January 2015]

Amazon UK have selected me as one of their Rising Stars for 2015.

Only a handful of debut writers are chosen as ‘ones to watch’ for this prestigious title each year. Previous Amazon Rising Stars include the best-selling author S.J. Watson and Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train.


Nikki speaks to PFD about The Spider in the Corner of the Room

[Transmission date: February 2015]

 Official trailer for Spider now released

 [Transmission date: May 2015]

The official – and gripping – trailer for my debut novel, The Spider in the Corner of the Room has been released.

**Be part of the Spider phenomenon on Twitter by using #TeamSpider**

The Spider in the Corner of the Room available from 4-6-15

[Transmission date: May 2015]

The buzz is building as the launch date for The Spider in the Corner of the Room approaches.

With glowing reviews already flooding in, Spider – the first installment in the Project trilogy – will be available online and then in-stores from 4th June 2015 onwards.

Click here to buy.

stSunday Times bestselling author praises Spider

 [Transmission date: May 2015]

Kimberley Chambers, Sunday Times best-selling author, including The Wronged and Payback, has heaped praise on The Spider in the Corner of the Room, saying of the novel: “Powerful and gripping – an adrenaline-filled thriller you won’t forget.”

Chambers is a highly acclaimed, best selling crime author, with Bella magazine calling her, “the queen of the gritty, low-life tale (who creates) a fast-paced, thrill-a-minute ride that takes you on all sorts of twists and turns.”

lr declares Spider a ‘powerful and penetrating read’

 [Transmission date: April 2015]

The book lover’s website,, has praised The Spider in the Corner of the Room. With the debut novel already receiving rave pre-publication reviews from readers and book bloggers, Love Readings Liz Robinson has said of Spider:

“A powerful, penetrating and intensely different read that seizes your attention from the very first page.

The author cleverly writes in the first person narrative in two different time frames, Maria has Asperger syndrome and we are held on the edge of a connection and understanding, yet allowed intimate access to her anxiety, fear and torment.

As Maria questions her memory, her thoughts, her grasp on the present and past, a creeping sense of foreboding and fear settles across the pages.

For much of the novel you are kept in the dark alongside Maria, which provokes and agitates your interest, suggestions are made then ripped away, suspicions are roused and then extinguished.

This fascinating premise works, it leaves you wanting more; just who can be trusted and what is the truth?”

NudgeLogo+reflection_RGB4Nudge books select Nikki as ‘the One to Watch’

[Transmission date: April 2015]

Guy Pringle from Nudge (incorporating New Books magazine) has earmarked me as a ‘One to watch’ for 2015. Guy says: ‘Nikki Owen can write in a very high octane fashion that made me feel like I should be hyperventilating at times.’

**STOP PRESS: The Spider in the Corner of the Room will be featured as Nudge Book’s ‘recommended read’ for June 2015.**

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