Author Onaiza Khan, at age 25, won a short story competition-- then got her story published by 'competition publisher'. The 'sweetest' young female -Author Onaiza Khan, at age 25, won a short story competition-- then got her story published by 'competition publisher'. The 'sweetest' young female - from India - yet, bright as a whip, educated with a Master's Degree in Human Resource Management and in French language and creative writing. She is still pursuing a second Master's degree in Education.
Khan's debut short story is about a young woman, named Noor, who is living in isolation after having been kidnapped by her own husband.
Memories of Emma Donague's book "Room", and Charlotte Wood's novel "The Natural Way of Things", or even S. J. Watson's "Before I Go To Sleep" thriller, all came to mind when I first started reading, "Caged". Yet.... none of these stories are alike. Each one has different psychological elements and twists.
Memories define us....yet Noor's aren't reliable. Her name, her identity, her past, are unclear. Who to trust is unclear. Where this story is taking us is unclear.
Noor is trapped in a room with a DVD video with the episodes of 'Lost'. Daniel is away from 8 AM to 8 PM most days. A servant, named Alba brings Noor three meals a day but never speaks English, never talks at all. Another prisoner - screaming.
Point is - this story isn't long - won't be a contender for the Pulitzer Prize - but you must keep reading to the end. Curiosity is strong! We must find out what happens.
NOT EVERYTHING IS AS IT SEEMS!!!! THIS STORY MAY NOT BE AS IT SEEMS
"It's not easy to hurt someone. I realize that now. It hurts you more than that person. It's not worth it."
Fast easy read ... psychological thriller with a slight supernatural aura. I like the story much more than I care for the book cover! Normally this book cover alone would have me keep walking... but I had already read about the author. Her intelligence and young wisdom moved me..... even more so now!
I've had great experiences with authors from Sweden.....so I thought I'd try again. "Everything I Don't Remember" is the ...... "Winner of the August PI've had great experiences with authors from Sweden.....so I thought I'd try again. "Everything I Don't Remember" is the ...... "Winner of the August Prize, Sweden's most prestigious Literary Honor".
The writing took some getting use to. The first 4 or 5 pages are interesting and confusing...... [interesting sentences, but no context understanding]. Then it 'clicks'. Samuel is 'already' dead at the beginning of the novel. Those first few puzzling pages, 'are' part of the puzzle -excerpts - from a variety of people - trying to determine if Samuel's car crash was an accident or suicide.
For a long time we don't know who is who is speaking-but after a while the characters come into focus. The storytelling is not linear--it jumps backwards and forward. Different witnesses, [Samuel's girlfriend, best friend, neighbors, relatives, a bureaucrat, etc.], share conflicting statements about Samuel. As we learn about Samuel's relationships, we feel the sadness for all that is broken and things that have gone wrong.... ultimately making us more aware of our every day lives.
There is no violence- and this is not a nail biting crime mystery.....but rather an exploration of looking inward. It's as much about grief, love, and loss, as it is the mystery and the investigation of what happened. It's still mysterious, and a criminal investigation but it doesn't feel the same as an American crime drama.
"The rest of that spring just kept going. Time passed so slowly, the way it only does when nothings going on, and yet, when I think back on that spring, it feels like it was over in a second. Maybe it's always like that, and periods that seem long as you're living them become short in your memory, and vice versa".
Unique prose...heartbreaking...sometimes funny....at times dreamlike-qualities.