- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Corvus (6 April 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1782396918
- ISBN-13: 978-1782396918
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.4 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Stolen Child Paperback – 6 Apr 2017
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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 Beautiful terse writing and the build to the shattering climax is palpable. -- Peter James This story grips to the very last page as it explores every parent's worst nightmare... I couldn't put it down. -- Amanda Jennings 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
About the Author
Sanjida Kay is a writer and broadcaster. She lives in Bristol with her daughter and husband. Bone by Bone was her first thriller.
Top Customer Reviews
After failing to conceive Zoe and Ollie take the next step and decide to adopt a beautiful baby girl who was born with the effects of having a drug addict as a mother.
Seven years later and with the addition of their little boy too their family is complete but not without its struggles of getting the work life balance right. When the family begin to see a change in little Evie they know something isn't right and when they find a card to Evie from her "real daddy" and gifts too they fear that their little girl will be taken.
This was such a cleverly written plot that pulled the wool right over my eyes and led me down so many different paths of suspicion, each one leading me further from the truth. The storyline really was rather disturbing and terrifying as we are well aware of grooming occurring in the real world so you can't help but feel sick in the pit of your stomach whilst watching Evie being sucked in by the gifts and the loving messages and seeing her begin to trust in them and see her begin to cover up to conceal the gifts to protect them from others knowledge.
The ending was a very realistic ending too which rounded this book off perfectly. This is one of those disturbing and thought provoking reads that will leave a mark on me and one I urge you to read if you are looking for a sinister and gripping read.
The protagonist is Zoe Morley, an artist and mother of two. Seven year old Evie was adopted as a baby; two year old Ben was a delightful surprise for a couple who had given up hope of birthing a healthy child themselves. Zoe’s husband, Ollie, is a hard working accountant. The long hours he puts in at the office in order to provide for his family are resented by Zoe who struggles with the demands of parenting alongside her desire to further her artistic career. She feels that Ollie does not take her work seriously as it yields little additional income for the family’s material needs.
When Zoe discovers that Evie has received cards and presents from someone claiming to be her real daddy she is concerned and aggrieved that Ollie will not offer her the comfort and support she craves. He is angry but does not share her feelings that their position in their daughter’s life is threatened.
Zoe’s attention is fragmented between her work, a demanding toddler, and a daughter who is starting to question her place in their family unit. Zoe is also dealing with the distraction of another artist, a sculptor named Harris, who pays her flattering attention and supports her work.
In the small town where they live Zoe has plenty of options for childcare. Evie and Ben are regularly looked after by professionals, friends and babysitters, giving Zoe time to walk the moors for inspiration and then to paint.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Stolen Child is a fascinating psychological suspense story which looks at the emotional wreckage of a family torn apart by suspicion and danger. Read morePublished 15 days ago by jaffareadstoo
I was a big fan of Sanjida Kay's first book, Bone by Bone, which was such an insightful and empathetic read that I couldn't wait to get my hands on her second novel, The Stolen... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Nicola in South Yorkshire
Ilkley in Yorkshire, England is the perfect setting for this novel. A taunt thriller that boxes you in with more lies and red herrings than you can shake a stick at. Read morePublished 19 days ago by The booktrail