Book Review: The Stolen Girl by Renita D’Silva

It’s been a while since I posted a book review, but trust me it isn’t because I haven’t been reading up a storm! I finished this little gem of a book months ago. Forgive me for not sharing it with you sooner!


Stolen GirlTitle: The Stolen Girl

Genre: Women’s Fiction


‘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.

My Review: 

The Stolen Girl is classic women’s fiction done right. I don’t know why women have such an overwhelming fascination with stories about kidnapped children, but we do. Write a book or make a movie about it, and we show up front and center every single time. D’Silva takes a classic story line and revamps it by telling it from three different perspectives: the mother, the thief, and the child.  Don’t get me wrong, while it’s a classic story, it’s far from predictable. The author pulls you into the expertly woven fabric of these ladies live’s and you walk away with a clear understanding of why they made the choices they did.  There’s an element of suspense to the story and the descriptive language is rich and layered. All in all, it’s a great read when you’re in a sentimental mood.


Any thoughts on why people have such a fascination with kidnapping? Do you watch movies or read books about it? Have you read a book that you thought would be utterly predictable, but it surprised you?

** I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review, which I freely give.**


6 thoughts on “Book Review: The Stolen Girl by Renita D’Silva

  1. This sounds like a good book! And I laughed when you asked about the fascination with kidnapping because guess who’s writing a novel about the very same subject??? And I will definitely watch a movie about it or read a book. I always want to see how the child or grown adult will react when they find out that they were stolen. Good drama.


    • I’m sure your book will be an interesting spin on a tried and true book topic! I just watched the Carlina White Story on Lifetime, and it was crazy how many changes she went through. Including not even knowing what name to use!


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