If you are looking for a very well written and interesting book, then I highly suggest you check out Jane Shemilt’s novel The Daughter. As the Daily Mail (UK) says, “Beautifully crafted… A tautly coiled spring of suspicion and suspense which builds to a devastating ending”. Find out my thoughts on The Daughter…
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.
About the Author
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.
Follow Jane on Twitter, @janeshemilt.
First, I have to comment on the cover of this book- the doll house with a single light on in front of a window covered in rain and the words “How well do you really know your family” automatically draw you into this novel. Then when you flip to the back of the book and read the synopsis, there is no way I (or anyone, I don’t think) could pass up this novel!
In order to really set the scene, Jane writes the story so that it alternates between life before Noami’s disappearance and a year after her disappearance. I thought this really helped to set the scene and provided background to Jenny’s life before and after her world came crashing down.
It was a very interesting book for me to read because although I am currently not a parent, I often wonder how I am going to be able to balance a career and family. I guess its more than balancing. Jenny seemed to have it figured out since she was a successful family doctor, the mother of three great teenagers, and married to a celebrated neurosurgeon… yet she didn’t seem to know everything. Really brings to light the question of whether we can truly have it all. I wonder if things would have been different if Jenny or even Ted had had a different career since both parents seemed very invested in their careers.
I thought this book was really well written and really enjoyed the story. The characters were great to get to know, even if Naomi didn’t click with me very well. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great read.
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