When a teenage girl goes missing her mother discovers she doesn’t know her daughter as well as she thought in Jane Shemilt’s haunting debut novel, Daughter.



She used to tell me everything.

They have a picture. It’ll help.



But it doesn’t show the way her hair shines so brightly it looks like sheets of gold.

She has a tiny mole, just beneath her left eyebrow.

She smells very faintly of lemons.

She bites her nails.

She never cries.

She loves autumn, I wanted to tell them. She collects leaves, like a child does. She is just a child.





Naomi is still missing. Jenny is a mother on the brink of obsession. The Malcolm family is in pieces.

Is finding the truth about Naomi the only way to put them back together?

Or is the truth the thing that will finally tear them apart?


Daughter by Jane Shemilt is an emotional and compelling story about how well you really know those you love most.

 I picked this up yesterday after seeing a few bloggers talk about it,also the cover is really eerie and haunted me !

You would not think this is a debut novel, its written in a very clever style and after finishing this afternoon it has in fact haunted me .In a  good and bad way ,good in that the author has managed to create a story that could happen to anyone and it gets under your skin ,bad because I have a daughter and made me question things.

I did get confused at times because it constantly flipped form 2 different time zones ,but once I got my head round that it was fine and added to the tension of the book.

There were twists and turns and right at the end everything you thought you knew …wrong! I did feel on edge after reading and confused with the ending with so many questions unanswered .But I think it made a refreshing change to not be predictable with a ending . This book has also been chosen to be part of Richard and Judys autumn book club so congratulations and I think a worthy choice.      A gripping  chilling realistic read .                                                                                                                              







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