The Stolen Child

by Sanjida Kay

Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel eBooks of the Month Family Drama Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on The Stolen Child

Terrific, truly a one-sitting read so be warned and allow space for it to be so.  Zoe and Ollie adopt baby Evie, the unwanted child of a drug addict, father unknown.  Premature, incubated and fighting for her life, the tiny bundle is adored.  Five years later the couple have an unexpected, naturally conceived son.  They have now moved to a small town on the edge of the West Yorkshire moor.  Wild and beautiful, it inspires Zoe's work for she is an artist with an exhibition looming.  Ollie is an ambitious workaholic accountant in line for a company partnership.  Zoe, like a lot of mothers with young children, finds life fraught and has a problem juggling kids, now seven and two, and art.  A fellow artist from her gallery becomes over attentive just as Evie becomes secretive and stroppy.  She is hiding notes and presents from her 'real father'.  Naturally, as the title suggests, she is abducted but prior to that, tragedy strikes the family and the whole pace of the novel changes gear.  From about page 150 to the end (313 pp) and the unexpected climax you really will find it difficult to put this down. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

Sarah Broadhurst

The Stolen Child Synopsis

Zoe and Ollie Morley tried for years to have a baby and couldn't. They turned to adoption and their dreams came true when they were approved to adopt a little girl from birth. They named her Evie. Seven years later, the family has moved to Yorkshire and grown in number: a wonderful surprise in the form of baby Ben. As a working mum it's not easy for Zoe, but life is good. But then Evie begins to receive letters and gifts. The sender claims to be her birth father. He has been looking for his daughter. And now he is coming to take her back...

The Stolen Child Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Vikki Patis - 'Full of twists, The Stolen Child is a thrilling, atmospheric story...Kay drip-feeds information to her readers, keeping them hooked until the very end.'
  • Sarah Harper - 'The tension mounts inexorably towards a truly gripping climax. This is a stunning thriller that grabs you by the scruff of the neck and doesn’t let go until the last page.'
  • Susan Coleman - 'This is a tense, gripping page turner of a thriller which is almost impossible to put down. A brilliant read!'
  • Sharon McKinlay - 'Excellent story filled with more twists & turns than a country road!'
  • Angela Rhodes - 'a tense thriller, set in Yorkshire, with the Moors at the background. This is one book that will have you watching your children closer than you ever did before!'
  • Jayne Burton - 'Really loved this book – read it over one weekend, couldn’t put it down.  So many twists and turns and red herrings, it kept me wanting more.'
  • Rebecca Whymark - 'A great story, excellent plotline with twists and turns all the way.'
  • Sarah Borley - 'This book is so amazing and when I started reading it I knew straight the way I was going to be hooked.'
  • Doreen McKeown - 'The tension builds in this fast paced, gripping story, which has a really surprising twist at the end - I found it quite 'unputdownable'.'
  • Sally Doel - 'This book is a really good read, full of twists and surprises and keeps you guessing at who is the real villain, until right near the end.'
  • Josie Barton - 'The Stolen Child is a fascinating psychological suspense story which looks at the emotional wreckage of a family torn apart by suspicion and danger.'    
  • Karen C - 'A family drama full of suspense and intrigue.  With twists and turns throughout, it kept me guessing all the way through.'
  • Catherine Dugmore - 'This is the first book I have read by Sanjida Kay, and I thoroughly enjoyed every page, despite the disturbing subject.  A parent’s worst nightmare.  A thriller, that gets you gripped from the first page. You get completely enthralled into The Morley family's life.'
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'Disappointing thriller...Something was missing and I found myself losing interest in what should have been a very emotionally driven story given its focus on a child in trouble.' 
  • Trilby Humphryes - 'Fast paced, edge of your seat read that leaves you hanging right to the end. You'll want to grab your children and keep hold of them!'
  • Vicky-Leigh Sayer - 'A twisty atmospheric literary thriller that will have you gripped and left wanting more.'
  • Victoria Goldman - 'This is a very twisty tale and was an easy one-sitting read for me. I enjoyed the author's first book too, so I'm interested to see what she writes next.'
  • Susan Mooney - 'Brilliant.....once picked up, I couldn’t put it down.'

The Stolen Child Press Reviews

'The Stolen Child captivated me, terrified me and left me deeply moved.' -- Holly Seddon

'Gut-wrenching... The Stolen Child succeeds as both a fast-paced thriller and a haunting tale of a fragile family.' -- Peter Swanson

'This story grips to the very last page as it explores every parent's worst nightmare... I couldn't put it down.' -- Amanda Jennings

'Beautiful terse writing and the build to the shattering climax is palpable.' -- Peter James

A gripping and totally unpredictable story   Daily Mail 

In this chilling story of fragile family bonds and obsessive love the unforgiving West Yorkshire landscape becomes a character in its own right through Sanjida's vivid and atmospheric prose. Just wonderful. -- Nuala Elwood

Haunting and real... Sanjida Kay deftly explores dangerous, unthinkable questions as a mother fights an invisible force for the adopted child who is her own. -- Julia Heaberlin

An excellent piece of work [that] triumphs both as an edge-of-the-seat whodunnit and a psychologically perceptive study of the impact of grief, loss and alienation.  Irish Sunday Independent

Utterly absorbing -- Crimereview.co.uk

Praise for Bone by Bone:

'A powerful and compelling story about the lengths a mother will go to to protect her child... I found myself wondering what I would have done in that situation and the ending had me holding my breath.' C.L. Taylor

'I could not stop reading - I literally raced to the end... the story spirals towards an ending that is both unexpected and deeply satisfying. Sanjida is such a wonderful, assured writer. Luana Lewis on Bone by Bone A page turner.' Jane Shemilt

If you loved this, you might like these...

The Trophy Child
The Trophy Child
Pretending to Dance
Keep Your Friends Close

All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781782396925
Publication date: 07/09/2017
Publisher: Corvus an imprint of Atlantic Books
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781782396918
Publication date: 06/04/2017
Publisher: Corvus an imprint of Atlantic Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781782396925
Publication date: 7th September 2017
Author: Sanjida Kay
Publisher: Corvus an imprint of Atlantic Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 336 pages
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Sanjida Kay

Sanjida Kay is a writer and broadcaster. She lives in Bristol with her daughter and husband. Bone by Bone was her first thriller.   Author photo © Barbara Evripidou

More About Sanjida Kay

More Books By Sanjida Kay

Cover for My Mother's Secret by Sanjida Kay
Cover for The Stolen Child by Sanjida Kay
View All Books By Sanjida Kay

Share this book