My Mother’s Secret
‘I think if you want to write, you need to carve out the space to do it,’ she says. ‘It’s also about being a professional about it: showing up for yourself and saying ‘I’m going to set aside this much time to write’ rather than thinking you’ll wait until an idea strikes. I think it gets easier as you do it more because you’ve practiced, but it never gets easy or stops being a challenge.’
Interview in Bristol 24/7
Describe your typical day:
‘I hustle my daughter into her school uniform, listen to her read and walk her to school. I go home or to a cafe and write until it’s time for the school run. I aim for 1,500 – 2,000 words between 10.30 am and 2.30 pm. When I’ve retrieved my daughter from school, we fill in our grateful diary together – her entries are hilarious (gratitude for her lion mask figures way more prominently than gratitude for her Mum).’
Interview with Vicki Psarias for her Honest Mum blog
‘I’m a big fan of Henry James, who is a master of psychological understatement, nuance and what we think others may be thinking about what we’re thinking. He was also one of the first psychological thriller writers with Turn of the Screw.’
Interview with The Big Thrill
The Stolen Child
Gripping and totally unpredictable Daily Mail
A triumph as an-edge-of seat whodunit and a psychologically perceptive study of the impact of grief, loss and alienation. Excellent. The Irish Independent
An outstanding reason to read all night. Myles Knapp The Big Thrill
The story of a happy family who face the devastation of losing a child when their daughter, Evie, is abducted. The Yorkshire Post
A haunting tale of a happy family whose world is torn apart. Ilkley Gazette
‘As a teenager I loved Wuthering Heights, and I wanted, in some way, to pay homage to such a wonderful, dark and savage story, which has inspired me throughout my life.’
Joe Melia interviews Sanjida Kay on The Stolen Child in Bristol 24/7
Bone by Bone
Longlisted for the prestigious Crime Writer’s Association Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award 2016
Sunday Express – one of ‘The best reads in 2016’
Bone by Bone is a ‘breakout debut’ and ‘a title you won’t want to miss’ Jake Kerridge in the Sunday Express
Told in alternate chapters from both mother and daughter’s viewpoint, this novel about the insidious nature of bullying escalates into a tale of violence, fear and suspense. Daily Mail
BONE BY BONE was born out of Kay’s musings about what would happen if a mother fought back against her child’s bullies. Jessica Driscoll THE BIG THRILL
‘I’m interested in the intensity of the relationship women have with their mothers and their daughters; the idea that you are always a daughter, and once you have a child, you will never stop being a mother…’
‘I’d probably call NASA…’ In conversation with Liz Loves Books
Q&A with me in Bristol Life
New Q&A with Jackie Law over at Never Imitate
You have set the book close to where you live, painting the nature reserve in particular as oozing menace. Do you feel safe in your neighbourhood?
Find out what frightens me…
‘Screamingly realistic…A debut novel which I can honesty say put me through the emotional wringer. Highly recommended.’
‘Haunting…topical…scary…Excellent.’ Steph’s Book Blog
‘Gripping? Hell yes….A fantastic debut.’
‘One of the most compelling books I’ve read in a long time…chillingly realistic…Sanjida Kay brings Bone by Bone to a satisfying conclusion, which she does with sensitivity and a great deal of compassion.’
‘Sanjida Kay’s Bone By Bone is one of the most powerfully written and compelling books that I’ve read in a long time. Billed as a psychological thriller, it certainly does thrill, it has a deep psychological pull, but it also delves deeply into the insidious and damaging world of the bully and the bullied…complex, chilling, a page-turner.’
Anne Cater on Random Things Through my Letter Box
The story as it unfolds is totally gripping and the sheer terror is palpable at every turn of the page…a tense twisting psychological thriller that creeps under your skin and stays there. Bone by Bone must be read with the lights switched on and ignore that knock on the door.
John Fisher on The Last Word-Book Review
‘a gripping psychological-thriller storyline packed full of emotion and those moments where you think to yourself, ‘What would I do in this situation’. If I’m honest, I have no idea- and it made for really interesting, riveting reading,’ says Laura in her blog, Snazzy Books.
‘a great thriller and a true page turner’ Aggie’s Books
Rosie Canning writes:
‘There is an underlying sense of unease throughout the novel…the narrative builds and builds to an unexpected climax…A disturbing psychological thriller, here is a writer who knows how to upset a readers equilibrium.’
Review by Books, Life and Everything:
‘A dark thriller…The climax of the story stretches the tension to breaking point. In all, I found this debut novel eminently readable, a real page turner in fact.’
Blabbering about Books says:
‘There was SO much tension in this book. From the very beginning there was a sense of unease weaving through the pages and as the plot progressed it intensified to the point where I was frightened..I couldn’t keep reading it in the dark.’
On Never Imitate:
‘a skillfully written exploration of the insidious damage caused by bullying…The denouement is tense and terrifying…A tightly written thriller that gets to the heart of issues too many must face. An accomplished debut and a haunting read.’
‘It is a long time since I read a full book in one day but this novel was impossible to put down.’
Book blogger, Over 40 and a mum to one, writes:
‘I was literally holding my breath towards the end of the book. Bone by Bone, builds and builds and the ending doesn’t disappoint.
I loved reading this book, can you tell? It’s very clever, there are aspects of it that really could happen to any of us.’
4 stars from Tracy Shepherd:
‘I found this a disturbing read, and could quite easily put myself in Laura’s shoes. Just how she reacts is a testament for her love for her daughter.’
Bibliophile Book Club says she couldn’t put Bone by Bone down. 4 stars
‘Bone By Bone is a stunning book. It is so tense and it just hooks you completely from the first page…Sanjida Kay has written a brilliant book. Wrought with tension from the beginning, the reader is pulled in from the first chapter and they are not let go until the very last page!’
‘I was so impressed with this book; I don’t think I have ever experienced such a broad spectrum of emotions in one book…an emotional rollercoaster and an outstanding debut.’
My Writing Room on Novelicious
Spotlight on author, Sanjida Kay, on Shaz’s Book Blog.
A Conversation with Sanjida Kay Greenacre Writers
Switching Genres on The Literary Sofa
Fairy tales in thrillers in Women Writers
Where’s the diversity in grip-lit? in Asian Writers
Author interview over at The Book Review Café
TRENDING ON TWITTER
@writenote1 Hooked me so deeply I read it in one sitting!
@LauraNazmdeh Just finished reading #BonebyBone – what an intense book! Such a great read though
@annecater This one sounds AMAZING!
@sjroth21 I can’t put down Bone by Bone, it’s so good.
@BibliophileBC It’s the kind of book where I was afraid to read the end! Love that!
@Lizzy11268 This is a brilliant book!
@bookreviewbyrea A compelling fast-paced thriller
@JulieEWilli Can’t put this book down its fantastic
@BristolPrize Hope @SanjidaOConnell‘s Bone by Bone gets loads of coverage when it’s out in March. SO, SO gripping. And it asks really, really crucial questions about how we live now…
@sbrookes48 5 of 5 stars to Bone by Bone by Sanjida Kay. It’s brilliant.