The Stolen Child by Sanjida Kay




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 called 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.


 Zoe and Ollie have tried for years to have a baby but things didn’t quite work out for them. They turned to adoption and were approved to adopt a little girl from birth, Evie.

Seven years later, the family has moved from London to Yorkshire and things are very different. Not only is there the addition of baby boy, Ben, but the relationship between Zoe and Ollie has changed quite drastically.

Then Evie starts receiving letters and gifts from someone who claims to be her birth father.

True to form, this book offers a lot of twists and turns. Even when I thought I knew what was going on, the author managed to make my head spin so much I couldn’t remember what was what. At one point, I suspected pretty much every character of not quite being who they pretended to be. Red herrings and surprise events in abundance, which I absolutely love!

Yet it’s also a powerful story about families and about adoptions. Does Evie act out and behave a bit strangely because she’s jealous of her baby brother? Is she struggling because she’s adopted? Does she feel her parents treat her differently from their biological child? Or is there more going on?

The setting in the Moors was so descriptive it added an extra layer to the atmosphere of the story. Beautiful yet treacherous. The characters were believable and realistic, even though I didn’t warm to them. Zoe in particular makes some choices that boggled my mind. But the despair and devastation she felt did make me sympathise more with her.

The Stolen Child is a highly absorbing and suspenseful read. Having read and enjoyed the author’s previous book, Bone by Bone, I’m very much looking forward to what comes next.

The Stolen Child is available for purchase now.

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  8 comments for “The Stolen Child by Sanjida Kay

  1. April 15, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    Great review Dee! I sometimes have a hard time if I don’t warm to at least one character but it sounds like you still enjoyed the story

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    • April 15, 2017 at 6:53 pm

      I’ve actually been wondering if maybe that wasn’t done intentionally because you do end up feeling sympathy as you read along. Or maybe I’m just overthinking things 😄


  2. April 15, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    An incisive review of an intriguing novel. Thanks Dee!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. April 15, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    Sometimes that happens, you don’t love them but end up feeling for them. Great review and this sounds amazing!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. April 16, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    It sounds so gripping, intense and deep! I must say it’s a great thing when you don’t warm up to characters but enjoy a story, it takes a great plot! Fab review!

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  5. April 16, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    I love the sound of this. Fab review Dee xx

    Liked by 1 person

  6. April 16, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    I love how you had everyone pegged as a suspect at one point! Sure sign of some good plot twists coming 🙂 This sounds promising. Love the review!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Tina Woodbury
    April 17, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    Great review! I love that at one point you suspected everyone. Those make the best mysteries!! I’m really hoping to get to it soon 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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