- Paperback: 416 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 (1,175 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Daughter Paperback – 28 Aug 2014
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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)
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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It was so sad and bleak but a feel it might qualify as my Lenten observances as a penance for my many sins, though I'm not sure I deserved it.
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.
This is a book that's 'of the moment' in that it concerns a middle-aged, middle-class mother of teenagers whose daughter doesn't come home after performing in a play one evening. The family is very well off (as they always seem to be in this kind of book) the kids all have their own bathrooms etc. Each member of the family, teenage daughter, over-stretched mother, successful father, non-identical twin sons, lives up to their literary stereotype as do the minor characters.
The book takes place in two timelines, immediately before and after the daughter's disappearance, and 13 months later. The first timeline is, in my opinion, far more gripping than the second, and I was soon skipping sections of the second in which really, until the end, not a lot happens.
A sub-plot about the mother (a doctor) and a child from a working class family had real potential and had me gripped for a while but (SPOILER ALERT) that fizzled out after a while and I was so enraged by the cliches heaped upon the 'poor but loving' characters in that family that I wanted to scream. Would they really love and look after old grandma at home but leave her sitting in a pool of urine? I think not. Surprise surprise but even working class people know that's not kind!Read more ›
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Although a little slow in some parts, this book keeps you intrigued and guessing all the way. You want to keep readingPublished 11 days ago by Mrs Y
A strange read which takes time to unravel but is gripping. As a mother, it is terrifying , devastating and heartbreaking.Published 14 days ago by Samantha Whitham
Jenny is a GP and married to Ted, a neurosurgeon, together they have three children; Ed, Theo and Naomi. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Justhavingfun
I absolutely loved this book, I couldn't put it down and thought it was really well written. Then I got to the end, what a disappointment. Read morePublished 19 days ago by A. J. Botterill