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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)
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.
What irritated me about this story was the central character. She is simply the author, married to her real life husband, both doctors, but with three kids not five. Read morePublished 9 days ago by penguin
Very good story well written. it certainly gripped me.Not quite as enjoyable as her later novel ' the Drowning Lesson'Published 12 days ago by Mrs E M Jewell
I really enjoyed the book whilst reading it and even thought the ending was plausible, yet, heartbreaking. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
I'm not sure why there are so many bad reviews. I really enjoyed reading this and then gave it to my Mum to read. She didn't get the ending, she had to reread. Read morePublished 14 days ago by E Benson
I really enjoyed this book- was a real page turner and I was truly gripped. Highly recommended read for all.Published 14 days ago by faith78
Overall enjoyed this but the ending felt rushed and for me a little implausible. Well drawn characters and the writer is very good at creating mood, and also for creating a... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Debbie Pugh
Not so much a thriller as an insight into how the disappearance of a child can destroy families. A heartrending twist at the endPublished 18 days ago by Jacqui gibbins