Sep 11, 2014

The Stolen Girl by Renita D'Silva

‘Your mother has been arrested. She stole you.’
For as long as thirteen-year-old Diya can remember, it’s always been just her and her mum, Vani. Despite never staying in one place long enough to call it home, with her mother by her side, Diya has never needed anything else.

Then, in an instant, Diya’s fragile world is shattered. Her mother is arrested, accused of abducting Diya when she was a baby…

Vani has spent a lifetime looking over her shoulder, determined to make the best possible life for her daughter. Now she must fight for her child, re-opening the door to her own childhood in India and the woman who was once as close to her as a sister.

Told through the eyes of Diya, Vani and Aarti, this is a heart-breaking story of friendship and betrayal, love and motherhood, which asks the question; how far would you go to protect your only child?

The Stolen Girl is an emotional, culturally rich and utterly compelling read from the new must-read name in women's fiction—Renita D'Silva. 


Diya and her mother, Vani, are happy. They're constantly moving to different towns and live in crappy apartments, but they have each other. Diya loves her mother with all her heart. Then finally something changes when she finds a friend. Her weight issues have always made things difficult for her before and she never minded leaving the bullies behind, but she's happy where she is now and she wants to stay. Before she and her mother can move again something happens that changes her entire life. Her mother is arrested, because a woman named Aarti claims that she has stolen her child. Vani wants a DNA test to prove that Diya is hers. Who is telling the truth? The two women obviously know each other. What happened between them to make them enemies and was Diya really abducted?
The Stolen Girl is a beautiful story about inequality and unconditional love. A lot of unlucky events lead to something terrible and the book starts at the end of the story. Slowly the reader gets to know the beginning, I loved that. Renita D'Silva is a great writer. I really liked the way she made the life in two different countries come to life. Diya is such a special girl. One of the main issues in this book is weight, eating too much and not eating enough. The way that was described made it credible and understandable. I felt so much sympathy for all the main characters. Because the story has been told from the point of view of Diya, Vani and Aarti the reader has a chance to understand all of them. They are each different and so well portrayed. The Stolen Girl is a beautiful and amazing story that I will never forget. 


  1. Sounds great. I must start another list lol.

  2. Great review, lovely. I'll definitely be reading this! Xx


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