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
As My Mother's Secret has been wending its way into the world, I've been working on another psychological thriller. It's called One Year Later... One year ago, the Flowers family gathered at The Pines, a rambling farmhouse in Somerset, to celebrate the youngest child's third birthday. Tragically, the day before her birthday, Ruby-May drowned in the garden pond while her grandfather, David Flowers, was meant to be looking after her. One year later, Ruby-May's anniversary is fast approaching. The three Flowers siblings, Nick, Bethany, and Amy, who is Ruby-May's mother, decide to hold the anniversary of the child's death on…read more →
We are lucky to have been born into a time and a place where we have food, shelter, water and a decent education. Not everyone has these rights. My daughter and I are sponsoring a little girl called Mavellous who is eight-years-old. Mavellous lives in Zambia and is the youngest of eight children. Every morning she has to walk five miles a day to fetch clean water. There are 100 children in her class and she has to share a desk with seven other children. We asked Action Aid what Mavellous's school needed most and they said writing desks: forty…read more →
I'm delighted that My Mother's Secret is out as an audiobook, published by Audible and narrated by Lucy Paterson. It's available here. To celebrate, I'm giving away five free copies. Please sign up for my newsletter between now and July 8th, and the five winners will be chosen at random. Good luck! read more →
It's hard to believe, for me at least, but after doing little else but think about the characters in My Mother's Secret for a year and a half, my novel is out in the real world! We had a fantastic launch party at Waterstones, Bristol, with locally-brewed beer and locally-bought prosecco, and squidgy cakes inspired by the ones baked by my protagonist, Emma Taylor. My wonderful friend and talented voice-over artist and presenter, Gillian Burke, read the part of Emma Taylor, and rising star, Abbi Bayliss, read the part of her daughter, Stella. I put my Northern accent to good use and…read more →