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Read Annemarie's Irish Times piece on Siren.

Download a sample of the Siren audiobook here



'Siren by Annemarie Neary is a powerful study of guilt and redemption, and how the present can never outrun the past. A gripping thriller, told in deft and subtle prose, this is a masterful crime debut.'

- Stuart Neville, author of Those We Left Behind


'Siren is a brave and searing study of characters isolated and estranged from society for very different reasons. It is a beautifully written tale of how we can never escape our past no matter how much others might want us to do so. Gripping, riveting and full of suspense.'

- Liz Nugent, author of Lying in Wait

'I loved Siren. Annemarie Neary's beautiful and crisp writing cuts to the bone, a rarity in psychological thrillers.'

- Claire Fuller, author of Swimming Lessons

Read Annemarie's introduction to Siren for Dead Good Books

One of the Independent's iPaper '10 best book club reads for 2016'


Listed in The Irish Times 'Books to watch out for in 2016'

‘A nail-bitingly tense tale, with writing as sharp and pointed as arrows, where nobody is who they say they are... she's definitely a writer to watch.’ Claire Coughlan, Sunday Independent


One of Isabel Costello's Fiction Hot Picks for 2016 on  The Literary Sofa  'chilling, gripping, a morally complex story of wrongs and retribution, strong on character and place.'


Selected by Irish Country Magazine as one of their 'Picks of the New Releases'


Featured by Victoria Sadler on her March 2016 Book Vlog  'taut, well written... the time we spend in conflict Northern Ireland makes this a real standout addition to a very popular genre.' 

Five stars from

'Siren is a great read – thrilling and frightening with something important to say about the damage done to people on both sides of the political divide during Northern Ireland's troubled past. I really loved this book and highly recommend it.' Sheila Bugler for

'... an insight into how ordinary people did very extreme things during a strange time, and then tried to turn themselves back into normal people —unsuccessfully. Do not miss this one.' Paula O'Hare for Books Ireland

'Her characters are satisfyingly complex and contradictory, particularly Roisin, and she has a genuine feel for the otherworldly landscapes of rural Ireland. This assured debut puts Neary firmly on the literary map.' Adam Colclough for Shotsmag

'Siren is a must-read.' Crimereview






'I was incredibly impressed with this debut, with its pitch perfect mix of extreme human emotions, combined with the resonance of history. Neary has achieved something really quite special. Highly recommended.' Raven Crime Reads


'Siren is an incredibly well written thriller – tense, unflinching and thought-provoking, and a piercing insight into how our past shapes us no matter how hard we try to bury it.'

Cathy McNally, 746 Books


'Neary’s writing is sharp and clean, often vivid in its intensity, coupled with an astute psychological insight... a smart, stylish read.' Susan Osborne, A life in books


Five stars from Keith Nixon at Crime Fiction Lover 'intelligent, thought provoking and beautifully written.'

'Fluent and fierce, the book’s integration of the politics of North and South with a gripping revenge plot makes it truly exciting and memorable.' Jude Cook, Review 31


'Bone-chilling contemporary thriller juxtaposed with flashbacks to a terrifying past, the tension left nail prints on my palms.' JJ Marsh, Bookmuse

'A disturbing snd atmospheric thriller.' Tripfiction 


'.... a great, creepy psychological thriller with some fascinating characters, and an outstanding debut.' Cara Fielder, The Tattooed Book

'...a fast and furious narrative which doesn't pull any punches... Its high octane realism keeps you on the edge of your seat and doesn't let up until the story is concluded..' Jo Barton, Jaffa Reads Too

'This is a tale of a cat and a mouse, though those who think they are doing the chasing may actually be the chased...The writing is poetic, sparse in places and affecting.' Janet Emson, From first page to last

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