daughter by Jane Shemilt


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About the Book

Book : Daughter

Author : Jane Shemilt

Genre : Mystery

Publisher : Penguin

Pages : 390

Release Date : 28th August 2014

My star rating : 3.5/5

You can buy Daughter  from Amazon, WHSmith, Waterstones and Ebay


Blurb from back of book

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.


My Review

I was really looking forward to reading this book as many people had given it 5 stars.

I did enjoy it, but I found I enjoyed reading the past farther than the present day parts. I thought the main character was portrayed quite good, and many thought that she didn’t pay enough attention to her 3 teenage kids, but I thought that she did, given that she had a busy full-time job as a GP.

I thought that Tim , the husband, didn’t seem to be that bothered that his 12-year-old daughter had gone missing. i thought that maybe he had something to do with her disappearance.

When I finally thought I knew what happened to Naomi, I was a bit disappointed, but thought it would go on to show how the family came together and learnt how to cope. But with the twist in the final 2 pages., it left me asking why? What had made Naomi to do this but my questions wasn’t answered. It kind of felt like there should be another 2 chapters to follow or maybe a second book that explains everything

Overall I did enjoy the book, but not as much as I was expecting. I give it 3.5 stars


About the Author



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From Goodreads:

Jane is a general practitioner who completed a post-graduate diploma in Creative Writing at Bristol university and went on to study for a M.A in Creative writing at Bath Spa. She was shortlisted for the Janklow and Nesbitt award and the Lucy Cavendish fiction prize for Daughter, her first novel.

She and her husband, a Professor of Neurosurgery, have 5 children and live in Bristol, England.

You can also find Jane on her website

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34 comments on “Daughter by Jane Shemilt Book Review”

  1. It’s a shame it wasn’t as good as you expected it to be, I would probably still read it as it sounds like my type of book.

  2. Oh no how annoying that at the end you didn’t feel like you got all your answers. I don’t like that feeling when I finish a book either. In general it seems like an interesting book although that mix reviews will not really make me go and buy it. Thank you so much for sharing your review at #KCACOLS. I’m really happy that you joined us for the first time. I really hope that you like it and it would be lovely to see you again on Sunday! 🙂 xx
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  3. Mmmmm, interesting review. I love books that have an unexpected ending. But not so much when you don’t feel the story has been finished to a satisfactory end. I know some Authors might think, it leaves the reader wanting more, and gives them scope for a second book, but I prefer a definitive ending!
    Good informative review though, thank you for sharing. I always enjoy reading other people’s book reviews. My bookblog is also on #kcacols every week. I hope to see you again here next week.
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  4. I can’t remember if I enjoyed this or not, I think I remember thinking the family were selfish when the poor mum clearly worked really blimmin hard for them! Typical haha #KCACOLS

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