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A character-driven international psychological thriller that combines Cape Fear with a refugee story during the Gulf War from Amazon bestseller Puja Guha.
After being beaten nearly to death by her husband Tareq, Mariam awakes in a hospital to the two most frightening words, "You're pregnant." Fearing for her unborn child's safety, Mariam plans her escape only to have it complicated by the invasion of Iraqi troops into Kuwait. In the chaos, she leaves Tareq for dead and hides out in a refugee camp where she is helped by Raj, a young man who lost his wife in the mayhem of the Gulf War. Together they begin to build a new life, with Raj raising Mariam's daughter Aliya as his own. Fast forward twenty-five years and their perfect world is turned upside-down when the past catches up to them, threatening everything they've salvaged from the ruins, including Aliya.
The story is grounded by the author's real experiences in Kuwait, featuring a strong female protagonist and diverse well-developed supporting characters.
Sirens of Memory explores the extent to which psychological turmoil can impact our everyday life. For Mariam, her suppressed memories essentially turn into a stalker of her own making. As she finally confronts these parts of herself, she shows both the vulnerability and strength required to overcome such trauma.
"""A gripping psychological thriller about the real horror that can come from the people you let in while also hitting the sweet spot between page turner and searing authenticity.""
-Mike McCrary, author of RELENTLESS and HARD HEARTS
""Guha writes with authority and grace, intrepidly tackling life's harshest realities and warmest hopes in this tour-de-force thriller.""
- Jamie Mason, author of THE HIDDEN THINGS
""In its many discussions about trauma, this book offers a necessary discussion about the personal, social, and cultural attitudes regarding escape and recovery with which readers of all backgrounds can engage.""
- US Review of Books
""Possessing the awareness of novels such as Speak and the boldness of Not Without My Daughter, this book becomes an exciting read that reminds readers that although the past is a significant contributor to identity, it is not one's all-defining component.""
- US Review of Books"