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Bone by Bone

3.7  ·  Rating details ·  959 Ratings  ·  124 Reviews
How far would you go to protect your child? When her daughter is bullied, Laura makes a terrible mistake...

Laura loves her daughter more than anything in the world.

But her nine-year-old daughter Autumn is being bullied. Laura feels helpless.

When Autumn fails to return home from school one day, Laura goes looking for her. She finds a crowd of older children taunting her lit
Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 3rd 2016 by Corvus
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Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“One's dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered.”

----Michael J. Fox

Sanjida Kay, a British author, pens her debut psychological thriller, Bone by Bone that unfolds the story of a recently divorced mother and her nine year old daughter, who recently moved to Bristol and started their life there. What they never expected that a childish innocent bullying would become something so life-threatening and the neighbors and rest o
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A hard book to read for me as it deals with a sensitive topic of bullying i connected with this book from the very first page as i had been bullied in highschool it was a long 4 years for me but it made me a stronger person.

Sanjiba Kay wrote a very convincing plot & the characters were believable due to the subject matter i would put it up there as one of the best written novels of 2016.

The story starts as Laura is looking for her 9 year old daughter Autumn & is horrified to find her in
Liz Barnsley
Bone By Bone is both a top psychological thriller and an emotional and hard hitting look at the insidious nature of bullying - it is a bit of a page turner I read 3/4 of this in one sitting and it is scary and realistic - the realism making it more scary than if it were complete fantasy or even read as being slightly unlikely.

Autumn is being bullied at school, her mother tries to put a stop to it and ends up making it worse after one definitive and far reaching decision made in the spur of the
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Some moments of such intense tension I didnt want to turn the page. Great debut.

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There are moments in this book that evoke so much tension, so much apprehension for the possibility of evilness to follow that I could hardly breathe! I had to take a break from this book.

First there is a well baited hook – the opening sentence begins: It wasn’t until the train went past that she saw the small body lying in the long grass by the side of the wood. From the very first sentence we are expecting
Tracy Fenton
May 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Bone by Bone is an exceptional debut psychological thriller which is extremely dark and disturbing. This book affected me very deeply and I have been trying to work out why. I think it's simply because the storyline was so plausible and as a mother I was able to relate to it. Dealing with being a single mum in a new city with no support network and finding out her 9 year old daughter is being bullied Laura tries to protect her child at any cost. A highly gripping and tense thriller which is goin ...more
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Bone by Bone| is Sanjida Kay’s debut novel, and combines 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.

The story opens with a hugely impactful scene where Laura is desperately searching for her 9 year old daughter Autumn- and is horrified to find her body lying in some grass. Af
Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Brilliant psych thriller! Full review NOW LIVE on
C.L. Taylor
A powerful and compelling story about the lengths a mother will go to to protect her child. What begins as a worrying situation quickly escalates into a nightmare as the result of a single bad decision. I found myself wondering what I would have done in that situation and the ending had me holding my breath.
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read this in one sitting as couldn't wait to see what happened.

Laura has moved from London to Bristol, after her divorce from Matt, and lives with her beautiful nine year old daughter, Autumn. Her mum, Vanessa, is staying with them for a while until they settle in to their new home.

Laura discovers, quite by accident, that Autumn is being bullied physically and mentally by a ten year old boy, Levi, and his gang of friends. She makes a split second decision which has a detrimental impact on her
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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.

Laura, newly divorced and struggling, has moved with her young daughter Autumn to a new area. Money is tight, their house is old and draughty, and quite often it's difficult to put a decent meal
Tracy Shephard
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Laura is a loving and involved mother, her daughter Autumn is being bullied by an child in the year above her at school.

Sanjida Kay's novel is intense and the reader gets the impression that all is not as it seems.

Autumn, at times, seems ungrateful and looks at her friends, their things, their mothers and their way of life with a kind of envy. The situation goes from bad to worse for them both and it soon becomes clear that Levi has problems of his own and although this is no excuse for the rele
DNF at 30%

I was going to finish this book, but decided that I'd read enough, going by other reviews revealing major plot points/twists throughout the story, which I guessed. My time is too precious to waste on a poorly-paced book which gives me limited pleasure, so I'll bow out.

Summary: Laura Baron-Cohen (that surname is unfortunate!) is a single mother in her early-thirties with a nine-year-old daughter called Autumn. They've moved to Bristol due to Laura's divorce with her ex. Unfortunately, A
Lynda Kelly
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I so looked forward to this that as soon as I'd bought it it was easily next in my to-read pile but sadly I've jacked it in at 42%. Laura, Autumn's mother just got on my nerves. I thought she was totally thoughtless and never paid heed to her daughter's misery. Misery caused by HER and her husband getting divorced and then dragging her off to a whole new place then not really doing THAT much about her being bullied. I couldn't take it too seriously when we learnt her surname is Baron-Cohen too.. ...more
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it

It is a long time since I read a full book in one day but this novel was impossible to put down for long. I think the reason was due to the subject matter, bullying.
It is told by both mother and daughters point of view. Autumn was trying her hardest to keep things from Laura but was understandably struggling. She didn't agree with the way that Laura was dealing with it, feeling that it made it worse for her. Laura knew that she had made a big mistake but guilt and fear made it difficult for her
Renita D'Silva
Nov 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Taut and thrilling, emotional and tense. A brilliant story.
Poppy fairy
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Bone by Bone is Sanjida Kay's first psychological thriller. I can see that I am going be a great fan following all future novels by Sanjida kay. I can honestly say to fans that like reading thrillers, this is a thriller that you won't want to miss in 2016. How far would you go to protect your child? Laura's marriage to Matt had broken down she moved away from London to Bristol. Ashley Grove Junior school had excellent Ofsted grades, the teachers seemed nice and she could walk her nine-year-old d ...more
Jan 20, 2016 rated it liked it
'Bone by Bone' by Sanjida Kay is the story of Laura and her nine-year-old daughter Autumn. After separating from Autumn's dad, Laura is moving with her daughter to Bristol for a new start. When she finds out that Autumn is being bullied by children at her new primary school, Laura is worried and tries to help her. One afternoon, after catching the group of children bullying her daughter on the way home, things escalate and Laura's actions are setting in motion an unbelievable nightmare.
When I st
Julie Williams
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was absolutely addicted to this book and subsequently read in in less than two days. It tells the story of a single mum Laura and her young daughter Autumn, who have just moved from London to Bristol.
Autumn is settling academically into her new primary school really well but socially is a different matter altogether. Having discovered that her daughter is being bullied by an older boy named Levi, Laura attempts to put a stop to it but only makes things worse for Autumn. Laura is then faced wit
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Autumn is the new girl in school and for some reason someone has taken a dislike to her. No act of bullying is good but the acts are ramped up as the story progresses and I was left wondering who was actually responsible. A reflection of how far things can be taken in this age of social media also.

I had the creeping dread reading this book and it made me feel anxious; I have a 10yr old daughter and reading Bone By Bone made me wonder what I would do in that situation. Saying all this I did reall
Jan 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: could-not-finish
This is a book about a stupid woman. An incredibly stupid woman. A woman who thinks someone working on her computer is working with "binary." Because yes, people access binary to configure someone's wireless access. What? This is a woman who does something dumb and then ignores everything around her (except the hot guy who knows 'binary'). A story of her daughter, who, in her chapters processes thoughts as though she is 35 years old.

I could not finish this. No, I chose not to finish this. No. 2
Gave up at 40%. So bored.
Jan 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Time taken to read - 3 days

Pages - 336

Publisher - Corvus

Blurb from Goodreads

How far would you go to protect your child? When her daughter is bullied, Laura makes a terrible mistake...

Laura loves her daughter more than anything in the world.

But her nine-year-old daughter Autumn is being bullied. Laura feels helpless.

When Autumn fails to return home from school one day, Laura goes looking for her. She finds a crowd of older children taunting her little girl.

In the heat of the moment, Laura makes
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A sign of a good thriller is normally the opening paragraph that will grab the reader attentions and with Sanjida Kay’s debut thriller Bone by Bone this achieves that. ‘It wasn't until the train went past that she saw the small body lying in the long grass by the side of the wood’. Frome this moment you are caught up in a gripping story that will not let you go until the very last moment of the book.
What we are presented with is a story of Laura and her daughter Autumn. As you start reading you
Brian Clegg
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's great when you get a chance to meet an author, in part because it makes you more likely to buy a book you wouldn't otherwise. After a talk by Sanjida Kay (aka Sanjida O'Connell when writing non-fiction and historical fiction), I picked up a copy of her psychological thriller Bone by Bone - and I'm glad I did.

I think there's two reasons I wouldn't normally have bought this - partly because I prefer traditional crime fiction to thrillers, and partly because the publisher has come up with a co
Jackie Law
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Bone by Bone, by Sanjida Kay, is a skillfully written exploration of the insidious damage caused by bullying. It is a tense and somewhat bleak tale with its portrayal of the helplessness and isolation of the protagonist, and the difficulty of protecting a child within the constraints of the law.

Laura, a recently divorced single mother, has moved to Bristol with her nine year old daughter, Autumn. Both are missing their friends from London. Laura chose their house based on its proximity to a well
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
Bone by Bone by Sanjida Kay is a very intense and gripping read looks at the effects of bullying which will leave you questioning your every action and just how far you will go to protect your children.
Laura and her daughter Autumn have recently moved to Bristol after Laura’s divorce. Laura is getting on with trying to build a new life for herself and her daughter. Autumn however is struggling with her new school and has become the target of bullying from an older boy. When Laura finds herself f
Michelle Ryles
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs-read
I was so impressed with this book; I don't think I have ever experienced such a broad spectrum of emotions in one book. It seemed to encompass every emotion; fear, anger, sympathy, dread, contempt, empathy, embarrassment, hatred, vulnerability and guilt, to name but a few.

Alternating between chapters from the perspectives of Laura (mum) and Autumn (daughter) we read the feelings of a child being bullied and a mum who will do anything to protect her daughter, even if that means going a step too f
May 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
This one just wasn't great. I think it had the opportunity to be really good and the idea of the story was interesting but it's very redundant. Lots is repeating what the bully did to the daughter and lots of repeating the acts of vandalism... But not a lot of action or resolution.
I was bored and found the conclusion to be highly unlikely.
M. Lee
Jun 23, 2017 rated it liked it
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Melanie Lewis
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars doesn't begin to do this book justice and I'm not sure I possess the vocabulary to express how brilliant it is either. I started reading it at 11.30pm last night and sat up until I'd finished it, about 2.30am in the morning. I simply couldn't put it down. I was driven to find out what was going to happen. All the characters are compelling, even when they're frustrating. The description of the bullying, and Amber's reaction, was deeply unsettling and my heart was in my mouth the entire ti ...more
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Sanjida Kay is the author of psychological thrillers, 'My Mother's Secret', 'The Stolen Child' and 'Bone by Bone', which was longlisted for a Steel Dagger Award. She's an Amazon rising star, and is published by Corvus Books. Sanjida lives in Bristol with her husband and her daughter.
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“She couldn’t tell how long she’d been searching for her daughter.
It was dusk, but it had seemed darker as she ran through the wood, tripping on hooked tree roots, her feet crunching through crisp, curled ash leaves.”
“There was no sign of her daughter, no sign of a small body crumpled by the railway.” 0 likes
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