The Stolen Child by Sanjida Kay

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Book Blurb

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…

My Review

If you like a gripping, twisty thrillers then you seriously need to read this book!

This book will keep you guessing until the end. I usually can pick ‘who done it’ before the book tells you but this one had lots of twists and turns.

Zoe and Ollie Morley are a married couple who’ve tried for years to have a baby and couldn’t, so they turned to adoption and their dreams came true when they were approved to adopt a little girl from birth whom they named Evie.

Seven years later the family have moved from London to Yorkshire and with them is baby Ben. A miracle baby and a little brother for Evie. Evie and Ben are both equally loved by the Morley’s. But not everyone believes it!

Evie has a few problems, some of which appear to be caused by her natural mother taking drugs and drinking heavily whilst she was pregnant with her. So, life isn’t always easy for Zoe, and with Ollie absent a lot with his work and she must deal with Evie’s issues on her own. But these are nothing compared to how hard life gets when Evie’s natural father contacts her.

Evie begins to receive gifts from an unknown person claiming to be her Birth Father. At first Evie hides this from her parents, thinking that they will take the presents away. Slowly Evie’s Father begins to poison her mind against her adoptive parents and Evie begins to misbehave, claiming it doesn’t matter what she does because they’re not her ‘real parents’ and Ben is not her ‘real brother’.

When Zoe finds out about the letters and presents she is in a way relieved, because it at least offers an explanation for Evie’s sudden and dramatic change of behaviour but they fear for their daughter as whoever the letters are from are saying that He has been searching for her and says he is coming to take her back.

Their worst fears are realised when 2 year old Ben is rushed to hospital unconscious in an ambulance from Nursery with his mum. Evie is collected from school by her’ real Father’ there then follows a very dark period were all known people in their lives become suspects for one reason or another, testing friendship’s and their marriage beyond all measure and everything they hold dear is challenged.

Zoe tries to work out who could have kidnapped her daughter and tried to poison her son, and when we do reach the truth at the end it is a total shock to both her and the reader. And as you get towards the end of the book you get to see the double meaning to the title.

This book will defiantly pull at your heart strings and you can’t help sympathising with  Zoe even if you might not particularly like her!

It’s set on the edge of Ilkley moor in Yorkshire, and there are lots of descriptions of the landscape, and the Yorkshire moors provided a very atmospheric & bleak aspect to the book, and formed a brilliant back drop to the chilling storyline.

This is a book I would highly recommend to book clubs as there are so many different aspects to discuss from this book and it would be interested to hear other people’s take on it.

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