The Daughter: A Novel by Jane ShemiltThe Daughter: A Novel by Jane Shemilt

The Daughter: A Novel

byJane Shemilt

Paperback | March 3, 2015

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In the tradition of Gillian Flynn, Tana French, and Ruth Rendell, this compelling and clever psychological thriller spins the harrowing tale of a mother’s obsessive search for her missing 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. 

While working full time as a physician, Jane Shemilt received an M.A. in creative writing. She was shortlisted for the Janklow and Nesbit award and the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize forThe Daughter, her first novel. She and her husband, a professor of neurosurgery, have five children and live in Bristol, England.
Title:The Daughter: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.79 inPublished:March 3, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062320475

ISBN - 13:9780062320476

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Editorial Reviews

“Jenny is a strong believable character…[her] journey is a memorable one.”