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Published by Corvus, 7 September
2017. ISBN: 978-1-7823692-5 (PB)
Zoe and Ollie Morley had tried for years to have a
child but without success. They turn to the possibility of adoption and
eventually are able to adopt a little girl from birth. They call her Evie and
love her dearly. Seven years later they have moved to Yorkshire and, much to
their surprise, a baby boy, Ben, has been born to them. It hasn’t affected
their love for Evie, but she finds it difficult to adjust to the idea that she
is not Zoe and Ollie’s birth child whereas Ben is.Sophie is trying to restart her career as an
artist while coping with Ben who is now an enchanting but demanding toddler and
Evie who is emotional and troubled about her position in the family. Zoe gets
little understanding from Ollie who is now obsessively building up his career
as a high-flying accountant and has neither the time nor inclination to give
Zoe the support she needs. Zoe is introduced to Harris, also an artist, who can
provide that understanding and encouragement, but she steps back from any
entanglement with him. At the same time Zoe discovers that Evie has been
getting presents from someone who describes himself as her father. Zoe and
Ollie are concerned; she contacts the adoption agency and they tell her to
contact the police. This she does, and they think that Evie may be being
stalked but can do little except to tell Zoe that she must be extra-protective
of Evie. Then there is a crunch event: Ben is taken seriously ill and is in
hospital with what turns out to be possible poisoning. And in the confusion
arising from Ben’s illness, Evie goes missing.
I think this book
could fairly be described as psychological suspense, domestic noir etc because
it is as much about relationships within the circle of Ollie and Zoe’s family
and friends as it is about the actual events. At the same time Ollie and Zoe’s
frantic anguish at this double catastrophe is grippingly portrayed.
Sanjida Kayis a writer and broadcaster. Bone
by Bone is her first thriller. She lives in Bristol with her daughter and
born in the U.S. but has lived in the U.K. since she was seven apart from seven
years in The Hague. She read law at university but did not go into practice.
Instead she worked for many years for a firm of law publishers and still does occasional
work for them including taking part in a substantial revision and updating of
her late husband’s legal practitioners’ work on Criminal Evidence published
late 2015. She has also contributed short stories with a distinctly criminal
flavour to two of the Oxford Stories anthologies published by Oxpens Press – a
third story is to be published shortly in another Oxford Stories anthology –
and is now concentrating on her own writing.