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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 (1,093 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,540 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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11 of 11 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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8 of 8 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By lindsay smith on 25 Oct. 2014
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The lot has plenty of flaws. I kept finding holes in the plot. It just didn't hold together. The charecters didn't hold together either. Made me realise how great my kids are....the 3 in this were inexplicably ungrateful and self obsessed as well as generally rude and disrespectful. The ending was tripe...how would the police have missed them??? Totally unrealistic. Very disappointed although I did slog to the end. It sends a message that women shouldn't work but should stay at home and be a perfect Stepford wife. Maybe the author will perfect her craft for the next try? Blehh
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Iv Evlogieva on 29 Oct. 2014
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I felt the characters all lacked depth (even Jenny despite the long winded descriptions of her misery). There were many pro-longed descriptions of her art which didn't actually serve a purpose in the story (i.e. to be a vehicle for something) and there were some pretty unrealistic events.

The positive thing I can say is, the book was readable - it did still make me want to know what happened, so I did not have to put it down halfway, however when you get to the end, it falls so flat, I almost wish I had.
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35 of 39 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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48 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Chanatkins on 6 Oct. 2014
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I am giving this four stars as I did enjoy it; it was a real page turner and very gripping, as well as very well written. I would definitely read more from this author and recommend this book. However there were a few things about it that troubled me. Daughter is the story of the 'perfect' family, GP Jenny, her neuro-surgeon husband Ted and their three teenage children. Their lives are blown apart one day when their fifteen year old daughter Naomi fails to return home after her school performance. The story is told from Jenny's point of view, and as she is plunged into every mother's worst nightmare, we see her trying to piece together the clues she missed in the lead up to Naomi's disappearance. It is soon revealed that she did not know her daughter at all, and their family is far from perfect. This book is certainly gripping and powerful, and I had to keep reading it every chance I got. Sadly the more I read the less I engaged with the characters. There were times I felt pity for Jenny, as she shoulders the blame for being a busy working mum while nothing is made of how unavailable the husband is. He seems to get off scott free which annoyed me. The two timelines, one told in the present where Jenny is still trying to find out what happened to her daughter, and one told in the past, leading up to and after the disappearance actually works very well. It makes you turn the page, desperate to piece the puzzle together. There are twists and turns and the ending was a surprise. What I found unrealistic was Naomi's obvious hatred for her mother. It was hard to fathom that Jenny had done anything to deserve such behaviour. Jenny herself becomes rather weak and irritating as time goes on, and there were many times I wanted her to stand up for herself where her children were concerned, Thought provoking though and a very powerful first debut.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kiwi_sparkles on 4 Oct. 2014
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Not a fan of the way the book jumps back and forth from present day to events that took place leading up to, and immediately after, the disappearance. The ending is also utter rubbish. Very disappointed - glad it was cheap !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Dundon on 10 Nov. 2014
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Laboriously hard going! I bought this following some good reviews but was sorely disappointed! Felt no empathy for the main characters or even the "daughter" Naomi. Too much was spent describing everything else from the decor of the house/s to the weather to the dog Bertie. By the close of the book I had actually stopped caring about Naomi and the family situation. Had so much potential but fell very very short!
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