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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (28 Aug. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405915293
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405915298
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,025 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We absolutely loved this book. It's about a GP and her family and the sudden horror that devastates their lives when their 16-year-old daughter disappears one night. It's difficult to believe that this accomplished book is a debut (Judy Finnigan, Richard and Judy book club)

Ostensibly a suspense novel about the disappearance of a teenage girl, this taut and thought-provoking debut novel explores a working mother's guilt, something all-too familiar to many of us (Woman & Home)

Thrilling, yet written with depth and subtlety, and tender insight into parental love (Tessa Hadley)

Complex and baffling. Jane Shemilt builds layer upon layer of tension in a novel you won't be able to put down (TESS GERRITSEN)

Gripping to the last page! (My Weekly)

Thrilling (Sunday Express)

Clever (Sun)

Taut and thought-provoking (Sunday Mirror)

Utterly gripping. A tautly coiled spring of suspicion and suspense which builds to a devastating ending (Mail On Sunday)

A wonderful plot, full of tantalising reasons to read on, and of course with a killer twist at the end. What impressed me most was (. . .) the impossibility of truly knowing those closest to us, the pressures of parenthood - in particular working motherhood, and the terrible loss at the heart of all parenting: they grow up and away (Christopher Wakling, author of What I Did)

About the Author

While working as a GP, Jane Shemilt completed a postgraduate diploma in Creative Writing at Bristol University and went on to study for the MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa, gaining both with distinction. She was shortlisted for the Janklow and Nesbit award and the Lucy Cavendish fiction prize for Daughter, which is her first novel.

She and her husband, a Professor of Neurosurgery, have five children and live in Bristol.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Harris on 14 Mar. 2015
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This book is terrible. The author does not seem to have a handle on reality - and I am surprised that this is even possible, as, being a GP herself, surely she would know what utter rubbish it is that a GP would be sent to inform a family of their daughter's serious diagnosis - when clearly, in REAL LIFE they would be speaking to the paediatrician in hospital. Also, she keeps a sterile pack in a locked box in her car, but leaves her bag with controlled drugs in it lying around in her kitchen?? And doesn't even notice that her son has been REPEATEDLY nicking the opiates and benzodiazepines out of it??
The fact that she constantly kept rambling on about what she imagined about other people (like the waiter in the beach cafe - who she reckoned was swimming and didn't smoke cigarettes, to name but one of far too many of these excursions) left me wondering whether the woman has actually got her marbles together.
And why do we have to endure hours and hours (ie. months and monthsworth of writing) of this far too detailed stuff about the food, the weather, the countryside, pieces of clothing and make-up just to then get the feeling the author was getting bored with it, so quickly churned out a completely unrealistic ending in about half an hour?
The really annoying thing is that by the time this book becomes so unbearable that you would like to stop reading it, you're already 50 pages from the end and know you're not getting all those hours of your life back so you may as well finish it. Only to then find you wish you had stopped 50 pages ago, because the ending is so ridiculous and terrible.
One star is generous. Please do not ever write a book again.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Janey Howell on 14 Jan. 2015
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couldn't get into it and finally really didnt care enough about the characters. I kept trying to be involved but the characters finally annoyed me so much I left the book in a coffee shop for someone else to try their best with.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sally Edwards on 9 Dec. 2014
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Unbelievable story line. Confused ending. Not what I was expecting at all. Didn't like the way it jumped between two time lines. I understand what the author was trying to do but there was no real tension or page turning for me. There are better thrillers out there. Also not sure if she's trying to make working mothers feel abysmal...!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By megmerrett on 15 Nov. 2014
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Hmm, I liked the familiar setting, having lived in Bristol but my main disappointment was with the narrator. She was just a bit... wet. The story unfurling was reeeeeally slow. It was clearly very delicately and heartily written with attention to detail, sensuous descriptions etc but there was a naive nature to Jenny. When Ed kicks off at her in the cottage she just sucked it up while I was gagging for her to tell him how privileged his upbringing had been and how normal the rules they'd given were. And SPOILER ALERT why didn't she write a note to James or think about him at all in the end?! He needed to know!!!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By lizzie2896 on 29 Jan. 2015
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Found this a frustrating read. Did Jenny have a functioning brain??? How she managed to be a GP is beyond belief. Many women have 3 children and lead a professional life. Jenny had domestic help , Lots of money... And... . A Holiday home.. Yet she was was so condescending towards patients and came across as uncaring , living in Jenny world. Her 'art' blinkered her to what was obvious. No wonder her children cracked....Too much stereotyping.. The poor feckless family with the misdiagnosed child were so patronised and as for the 'gypsy' content ??? I have taught many children from occupational travelling families and have nothing but praise for most of the children and their upbringing. In fact the word gypsy is now a racist comment in Scotland.,.. The immigrant cleaner with the husband who glared at Jenny??? What???? Middle class tosh I'm afraid... Gave up!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By La lectrice on 1 Oct. 2014
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I tend to agree with other unfavorable reviews : I found the characters unpleasant and shallow for the most part, the plot was creaking and Naomi, the daughter in question, seemed to be hiding almost every secret you can imagine a teenager might hide. The ending was ridiculous and unsatisfactory. By the end of the book I couldn't have cared less about Jenny, the narrator, her husband, Ted or their two sons and Naomi; even the dog seemed unreal, Rather fed up with characters dragging themselves around in miserable over long descriptions of their misery.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Joey VINE VOICE on 11 Sept. 2014
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I had really high hopes for this novel. The first half was terrific, the scene was set at a good pace and sufficient questions left unanswered in order to hold my interest, however, at exactly the 50% mark it began to drag and I ended up skim reading.

Jenny is a GP, her husband Ted is a neurologist. They have 3 adolescent children, two sons and one daughter. One night, daughter Naomi does not return home and the novel follows what how this fractures the rest of the family and the secrets they hold.

The real disappointment for me was that there is no actual reason given for Naomi's disappearance, there was no real detail around Naomi's relationship with her mother, which I presume was to keep the reader guessing whether she was abducted or a runaway. There were lengthy descriptions of Jenny painting which got to bore the socks off me which could have been better put to going into family dynamics in my opinion.

I'll read the author's next book as like I said, the first half was really good and shows promise.
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