Review: Daughter By Jane Shemilt



Jenny is a successful family doctor, the mother of three great teenagers, married to a celebrated neurosurgeon.

But when her youngest child, fifteen-year-old Naomi, doesn’t come home after her school play, Jenny’s seemingly ideal life begins to crumble. The authorities launch a nationwide search with no success. Naomi has vanished, and her family is broken.

As the months pass, the worst-case scenarios—kidnapping, murder—seem less plausible. The trail has gone cold. Yet for a desperate Jenny, the search has barely begun. More than a year after her daughter’s disappearance, she’s still digging for answers—and what she finds disturbs her. Everyone she’s trusted, everyone she thought she knew, has been keeping secrets, especially Naomi. Piecing together the traces her daughter left behind, Jenny discovers a very different Naomi from the girl she thought she’d raised


For weeks and weeks I kept passing this novel in book shops etc but never picked it up. I randomly found it at the library and so glad I picked it up there.

The story was gripping, extremely well paced and very well written.  I loved that the narrative kept you guessing all the way though with small clues chucked in along the way.

The reason I am giving 4 stars to this is because the ending left me slightly disappointed  it felt very to me very rushed. But don’t that put you off as apart from that it is a superb read

4 of 5 stars

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