Daughter - Jane Shemilt


By Jane Shemilt

  • Release Date: 2014-08-28
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 177 Ratings


*A Sunday Times top five bestseller and Richard & Judy Autumn Book Club pick*

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.

While working as a GP, Jane Shemilt completed a post graduate diploma in Creative Writing at Bristol university and went on to study for the M.A in Creative writing at Bath Spa, gaining both with distinction. She was shortlisted for the Janklow and Nesbitt award and the Lucy Cavendish fiction prize for Daughter, which is her first novel.

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


  • Wow! Definitely leaves you wanting more....

    By Neetlexi
    This book was amazing! As a mum, I fully understood the position the author was trying to perceive - that feeling of loss and helplessness. Going through that journey was easily done by the excellent job Jane did in her writing. Some bits were so raw and some were uncomfortable because you're expected to understand the grief in a totally different way. Worth the money I promise !!!
  • Daughter

    By dbs16
    Couldnt put it down and especially as a mother of a daughter, it made me stop and think of my parenting skills and the decisions you have to make. Can’t wait for the next book this author brings out.
  • Slightly disappointing

    By AlisonnCE
    After reading the reviews I was so excited to read this book. Now having read it, the best word I can use to describe it is 'eh'. It was alright. The twist at the end is fairly standard. 3/5.
  • Utterly absorbing!

    By De-knees
    I really love it when I can't wait to read the next chapter in a book; it doesn't happen that often but this book is really gripping. Just an ordinary family but when Naomi goes missing things within the family start unravelling. Plenty to relate to as we all lead busy lives these days.
  • Fabulous

    By TraciC73
    Couldn't put it down. Great but sad ending
  • So...?

    By Freddie'sMumm
    Loved this book could not put it down, but the end confused me, was carys naomi?
  • Brilliant

    By Ellieeblah
    This book is honest and dark, exploring the emotions of the worst kind any parent could imagine, and accurately portraying the secret lives of a teenage girl. This book made me feel depressed like I had lost someone too.
  • Did not like this book

    By Squeakychamster
    I am so surprised that this book has got such good reviews. I was really looking forward to it but was so disappointed and angry when I finished. This story asks 'how well do you know your children?' but it turns out to be the perfect example of a Third World Problem. If you offer your children a stable home life, holidays in Corfu, a holiday cottage in the countryside BUT work five days a week as a GP, apparently you are a bad mother and have messed all of your children's lives up. To me all this book said was; 'Mothers with full-time jobs; youu should be punished!'. Twaddle. And poorly written too.
  • Gripping!

    By Squires030786
    This book had me instantly gripped. Absolutely outstanding and with a brilliant plot twist.
  • Daughter

    By Tashsam
    As a mother to two teenage daughters this book certainly made me stop and think about my relationship with them and whether I really know them. Good twists and turns. Enjoyable read.