- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: HQ (25 Jan. 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1848455119
- ISBN-13: 978-1848455115
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 300,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for Nikki Owen:
‘Powerful and gripping – an adrenaline-filled thriller you won't forget'
- Sunday Times bestseller Kimberley Chambers
‘"Read…in one tense sitting. Taut and clever, with a fascinating, complex lead character in a terrifying situation." – New York Times bestselling author Gilly MacMillan
“A gripping and tense thriller” Heat Magazine
‘A must have’ Sunday Express ‘S’ Magazine
‘A great conspiracy thriller and a mind-bending tale!’ – Booktime
“One of the UK’s most exciting new thriller writers” Talk Radio Europe
‘Truly excellent!’ My Weekly
About the Author
Born in Dublin, Ireland, Nikki Owen is an award-winning writer and columnist. Previously, Nikki worked in advertising as a copywriter, and was a teaching fellow at the University of Bristol, UK, 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 Girl Who Ran, Dr Maria Martinez, hails from.
Nikki's novels are published in many languages around the world, and her debut novel, Subject 375, was selected for TV Eire AM prestigious Book Club choice and Amazon's 'Rising Star debut selection'.
Nikki now lives in the Cotswolds with her husband and two children.
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Well-written and interesting, I will look out for the previous two volumes and then re-read this, I have given it four stars as I suspect that I would have got a lot more from it had I known the backstory. Good read, but not as a standalone!
That aside it is a speedy and frantic narrative that deserves some attention though be advised to check out the first two books of the trilogy
Having finally escaped the clutches of the Project, Maria is still on her mission to expose them and what they are doing. Together with Chris and Patricia, they contact someone in the government to try and help them. From the again split timelines, we know from the start that recapture is imminent but what a journey to get to that point, and indeed beyond. Still reeling from information gleaned from the previous books, Maria is also on a more personal mission with regards to her heritage. Having been lied to pretty much from birth regarding certain things, and knowing what she already knows about the project, will she succeed on her mission to both retract her past and expose the project, shutting it down once and for all. But, more importantly, who can she trust along the way?
Blooming heck, after simply devouring the first two books in this trilogy, I knew this one would hit the mark - well I hoped as much - and I am very pleased to say I was right. There is action and intrigue right from page one, with an intensity that doesn't let up until the very end. As a reader I was very much tested by the author with respect to my allegiances to and my emotions about several characters along the way. I was also extremely impressed with the technological elements of the book. Whether the things that Chris et al achieve along the way are indeed credible or even possible, I have no idea, but the way that the author explains them had me totally convinced at all times.
I've said before that I connected with Maria right from the off and am pleased to say that that connection held strong through this book too. I also said in my review for the second book that I loved the connection between Chris and Maria and, again, this continued to be the case here too. Patricia is typical Patricia throughout, ditsy one minute, worldly-wise the next. The trio really do complement each other very well.
Pacing was excellent throughout too. What has really impressed me throughout this trilogy has been the use of alternating timelines. When done well, like here, they can be a very effective storytelling tool. With the past very action packed, the switch to the present day moved the focus away from this frenetic pace and more to the cerebral mind games of the Project. The two threads merging towards the end at just the right time in the book to give a rather explosive ending which left me completely satisfied.
Now the trilogy is over, I am actually really sad to leave some of the people I have met along the way. I am not sure what the author's plans for the future are but I would really like to re-connect with some of them again, even as bit part players or in a cameo role sometime in future stories.
My thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book.
‘The Girl Who Ran’ has an intense and fast-paced plot, an entertaining cast of characters and plenty of twists and shocks throughout. The narrative is written from Maria’s point of view and split between the present day (where Maria is being held by the Project and re-conditioned) and the 36 hours prior to her re-capture, which present-day Maria struggles to remember clearly due to the mind-altering drugs administered to her. Knowing from the present-day sections that eventually the enemy will catch up with her, the parts of the story that describe the days before Maria is caught have a foreboding and threatening atmosphere and as her memories of them come back to her, she starts to fight against the conditioning and eventually tries to escape, which makes for an exciting and tense climax.
Despite being the third book in a trilogy, this story can easily be enjoyed as a standalone novel. The reader is quickly brought up to speed on what has been going on in Maria’s life, particularly the actions of the sinister Project Callidus, and the breadth of the author’s imagination is evident in the complex and connected threads of plot that have clearly been woven together intricately throughout all three books. Some of Maria’s past experiences (such as the death of her father) didn’t have a very strong emotional impact on me as a reader, but there was no confusion as to what had been happening and I was able to follow the plot completely despite having not read the previous two instalments. However, whilst certainly entertaining, the idea of an organisation running experiments on autistic adults as an MI5-associated counter-terrorism operation was obviously a little far-fetched and at times some of the more complex plot points didn’t fully add up or left a few questions unanswered.
Maria Martinez was an extremely interesting protagonist and her Asperger’s was well-portrayed and convincing. Her view of the world is obviously different to ‘neurotypical’ people but was still engaging and thought-provoking– for example, Maria can decipher complex codes in seconds but finds it impossible to know what someone is thinking or feeling from their facial expressions. These attributes give her a clear advantage in some situations and an extreme disadvantage in others, particularly when it comes to knowing who to trust and who her friends truly are. The way that her struggle with relationships is manipulated by those around her added another layer of complexity to the plot and helped make this stand out from many other similar stories.
In the end, The Girl Who Ran is an interesting and well-written novel and distinctly different from many other thrillers. I would say that it is well worth a read for fans of this genre and I would be interested in reading the previous two books.
Breakaway Reviewers received a copy of the book to review.
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