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


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 →

How I write

The Royal Literary Fund has recorded a mini -podcast with me on how I write - with a black coffee, and some dark chocolate and then I begin! ‘Writing a novel feels like being an ultra-marathon runner, it’s going to be a gruelling slog to reach 90,000 words and I will be unable to pause, to breathe properly, to take in the view until then.’ You can listen here: https://www.rlf.org.uk/showcase/sanjida-oconnell-hiw/   What do you think? Let me know how you write.  read more →
How to write a thriller

How to write a thriller

In a few days time I’m heading to Ted Hughes’ old house, Lumb Bank, in Hebden Bridge, to teach an Arvon Foundation course on how to write a literary thriller, with fellow author, Adam LeBor. I’m looking forward to meeting guest author, Felica Yap, who wrote, Yesterday, as well as returning to the wilds of Yorkshire where I grew up.     Most of what one can learn about writing a thriller will apply to any kind of fiction - character, plot, setting, dialogue, language, style and voice are, of course, vitally important. But what is critical in a thriller…read more →