Sanjida Kay

Author of My Mother’s Secret

You can only hide for so long…

Lizzie Bradshaw. A student from the Lake District, forced to work away from home, who witnesses a terrible crime. But who will ultimately pay the price?

Emma Taylor. A mother, a wife, and a woman with a dangerous secret. Can she keep her beloved family safely together?

Stella Taylor. A disaffected teenager, determined to discover what her mother is hiding. But how far will she go to uncover the truth?

And one man, powerful, manipulative and cunning, who controls all their destinies.

“A gripping page-turner – the twists kept coming! And the family dynamics were utterly convincing …”
Catherine Ryan Howard author of Distress Signals & The Liar’s Girl

“This gripping story about families and secrets takes the meaning of ‘deception’ to a new level.”
Jane Corry, author of My Husband’s Wife and Blood Sisters

“With her vibrant prose and razor-sharp observation, Sanjida’s story hooked me right from the start, pulling me in with an increasing sense of unease until the final spine-chilling climax.”
Caroline England author of Beneath the Skin


Available now to buy:

Bone by Bone The Stolen Child My Mother’s Secret


Our family is sponsoring a child in Zambia. We’re raising money to buy writing desks for her school. Mavellous shares a desk with seven other children and a classroom with 100 pupils. Please help us if you can by donating here.

You can help stop bullying by buying a copy of Bone by Bone; I make a donation for every copy sold to anti-bullying charity, Kidscape


Blueprint for a house…and a story

Blueprint for a house…and a story

In May 2017 we bought a house in Somerset. It was originally built in the 1950s and for almost two years we’ve been renovating it. And it’s finished! I hesitate to do a huge cheer in case something else falls apart or starts leaking - but we are absolutely delighted. In fact, our house was shortlisted  for an award (LABC SouthWest Building Excellence)! While we were working on the house (yup, it’s a stressful as everyone on Grand Designs tells you), it made me think about the similarities between building a house and writing a novel. Both kinds of projects…read more →

Letter to my younger self

What would you tell yourself if you could? The Royal Literary Fund recently gave me the opportunity to write and record a letter to my younger self. I know your grammar is... idiosyncratic would be the kindest way to put it. But you can learn where commas go, you know! Do have a listen and let me know what you think! My most important advice to you is: please don't be frightened of failing, of falling, of learning, & of acknowledging that you need help   https://www.rlf.org.uk/showcase/sanjida-oconnell-lys/    read more →
My writing talisman

My writing talisman

My writing talisman is a beautiful painting by artist, Elaine Jones. It's of Cornwall - have a look to see why I love it so much and why it inspires me.     https://www.rlf.org.uk/showcase/the-landscape/   What inspires you to write?read more →

The best books I’ve read in 2018

My best reads of 2018 - a mix of literary thrillers with my two favourite non-fiction books thrown in for good measure. Enjoy! And have a wonderful Christmas!   Paper ghosts by Julia Heaberlin A beautifully written Gothic road trip. Carl Feldman is old and is suffering from dementia. One day, a young woman turns up at his retirement home, saying she’s his daughter and she’s taking him for a short holiday. She is, in fact, the sister of a girl Feldman is suspected of killing and she hopes she’s going to find out what he did to her sister…read more →