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…
Utterly compelling, utterly absorbing and completely addictive.
This book is going on my Outstanding Books of The Year list.
Living in a cottage on the edge of a Yorkshire Moor in what should have been an idyllic setting, Zoe Morley realises that the family are being watched. Someone is leaving presents for their seven year old daughter Evie, the little girl adopted by her and husband Ollie after several failed IVF treatments. They also have a little two year old boy, their miracle baby who came along unexpectedly, completing the family.
There are tensions within the family unit even before the mysterious presents started arriving. Ollie works long hours hoping to one day be a partner in the accountancy firm where he works. Zoe, an artist, struggles to find time for her art with childcare and running the family home single-handedly. Evie, the little girl, resents the attention that her little brother has and retreats more and more into her own made up world of make believe.
There’s a mysterious sculptor who befriends Zoe and seems to understand her like no other. She’s quickly drawn into something she’s not entirely sure she wants to be drawn into but finds hard to resist.
The story unfolds in such a way that there are twists and false paths throughout, all set against the brooding mysteriously beautiful moorland.
Who is in danger? Where is the threat coming from? Who is behind it all? We’re left guessing right until the very end.
I read Sanjida Kay’s first novel Bone by bone and enjoyed it. This one is much better in my opinion.
I literally could not put this book down.
Thank you to the author and publisher Corvus books for my ARC that I’ve chosen to review.
About The Author
Bone by Bone published by Corvus Books, is my first psychological thriller. It was longlisted for a CWA Steel Dagger Award, and was nominated as one of the best crime and thriller books of the year by the Guardian and the Sunday Express. It’s recently been published as an audio book by Audible.
My second thriller, The Stolen Child is out in paperback in September. It’s set in Ilkley, where I grew up. I spent a large proportion of my childhood rambling over the moor, as you’ll probably be able to tell!
I live in Bristol, with my husband and daughter.