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
I'm giving a talk on plot at Novel Nights on Wednesday 23 Many. This is a wonderful monthly event, organised by writer, Grace Palmer, in Bristol. A writer talks about an aspect of their work, and local authors and aspiring writers read short extracts from their work-in-progress, all over a glass or two of wine. If you happen to be in Bristol, do come along - the details are here. The full story, about how to plot, will be on the blog on Sunday 27 May. In the meantime, here's a sneak preview, inspired by a story my daughter wrote…read more →
There are 25 different kinds of cake name-checked in My Mother’s Secret, from Daim cake bought over the counter in Ikea, to scones with cream and jam, and lavender shortbread, served with Earl Grey from Tyntesfield’s National Trust tea shop, to chocolate-orange brownies and courgette cake decorated with a cream-cheese frosting and scattered with rose petals and rosemary flowers, made by my protagonist, Emma Taylor. The chocolate cake doesn’t rise, so Harry and I rescue it by soaking it with an espresso-rum syrup and layering it in tiers with salted-caramel butter cream. Emma Taylor It’s an odd juxtaposition: cake…read more →
I love reading and writing - obviously! And I then love meeting up with people to chat about what I've read, maybe over a glass of wine! In case you'd like to talk about My Mother's Secret in your book club, we've put together some questions to get you started. You can download them below. Do email me if you have any of your own, or have a look at a Q&A with me. My Mother's Secret Book Club Questions My Mother's Secret Q&A In the meantime, I'll let you into a secret - the character I like…read more →
My Mother's Secret is out now! It's available to buy in bookshops or from Amazon. You can read some extracts from it if you'd like to, or find out more about the book by downloading these links. My Mother's Secret - Prologue My Mother's Secret - Chapters 1 & 2 My Mother's Secret Q&A The wonderful writer and the editor of the Asian Writer, Farhana Shaikh, interviewed me for her new podcast, Dear Writer. She had some lovely, sensitive questions and we discussed writing from fear, why I write thrillers, the link between nature and creativity and being British Asian.…read more →