‘The Stolen Girl’ was published by Bookouture on Friday 12th September 2014. I was very kindly given a copy of this book to review. This is Renita D’Silva’s third novel.
How far would YOU go to protect your child?
That is the thought provoking question asked in this story.
Diya is thirteen years old and for as long as she can remember it has always been just her and her mum, Vani. She doesn’t even know who her dad is. Over the years they have moved many times, never settling down anywhere properly. But things are about to change. In the blink of an eye Diya’s fragile world is shattered when her mum is arrested, accused of abducting Diya as a baby.
Vani has spent a lifetime looking over her shoulder, never totally relaxed. She wants the best for her daughter and will do anything to protect her. Life is going to be even harder for Vani now, but she will fight for Diya no matter what the outcome.
I had the feeling that I would enjoy reading this book. ‘The Stolen Girl’ has been split into five parts with each one being either in the past or present. The story is narrated throughout by the three main characters Diya, Vani and Aarti.
All three characters had a tough time of it one way or the other, especially poor Vani. I felt sorry for Aarti and what she went through in her childhood and although in a way it was understandable, I didn’t like the way she treated others. It’s a pity she couldn’t move on.
I can tell that a lot of thought, work and care has gone into writing this novel. I really like the writing style and the way the story has been presented. I found it easy to follow without getting confused. Renita writes beautifully and describes things in such a colourful and wonderful way. The way she described the food made my mouth water. I could almost see it being laid out on the table.
‘The Stolen Girl’ is a heart-breaking story about friendship, betrayal, possessiveness, love and motherhood.
I give this book 5 out of 5.