Review published on November 12, 2017.
This is a real page turner, a psychological thriller that will keep the reader entranced.
Zoe and Ollie adopt a baby girl, Evie, whose birth mother was a drug addict. They move from London to live in Yorkshire on the edge of Ilkley Moor. Zoe goes on to give birth naturally to a little boy, Ben, and it is obvious she loves both children equally.
Evie has some problems following her difficult start in life due to the drugs in her system at birth and possible foetal alcohol syndrome. Zoe is left caring for the family and trying to continue her work as an artist. In the meantime, Ollie has withdrawn from her and spends all his time at work, even missing birthday parties in an attempt to get a partnership with his firm. She sometimes feels like a single mother coping without support.
Their lives take a turn for the worst when Evie starts to get presents and letters from her ‘Real Daddy’, which she hides in the attic. He has been searching for her and says he is coming to take her back. Their worst fears are realised when two-year-old Ben is rushed to hospital unconscious in an ambulance from nursery accompanied by his mother. Evie is collected from school by her ‘real father’. There then follows a very dark period where all the people in their lives become suspects for one reason or another, testing both friendships and their marriage beyond all measure.
There are many twists and turns in this story. Sanjida Kay has a talent for beautiful descriptive writing. I felt I was standing in the kitchen observing the story unfold and walking across the bleak Ilkley Moor in the cold and pouring rain lost with Zoe and Ben.
I loved this book and couldn’t put it down. The technical aspects had obviously been well researched regarding adoption and police procedures concerning abduction. Everything rang true. I felt as if I knew all the characters very well; they were real and human.
I was sent this book to review and I am so glad I was introduced to a new author I had not heard of before. It is the first book I have read that kept me up until 2:30 am as I couldn’t bear to put it down and needed to finish it. I look forward to reading more by this author. This is a book I would highly recommend to my book club as there is so much to discuss.
Carol Quaile 5/5
The Stolen Child by Sanjida Kay
Corvus 9781782396925 pbk Sep 2017
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