Daughter, Jane Shemilt


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?


We absolutely loved this book. It’s about a GP and her family and the sudden horror that devastates their lives when their 16-year-old daughter disappears one night. It’s difficult to believe that this accomplished book is a debut (Judy Finnigan, Richard and Judy book club)

Ostensibly a suspense novel about the disappearance of a teenage girl, this taut and thought-provoking debut novel explores a working mother’s guilt, something all-too familiar to many of us (Woman & Home)

Complex and baffling. Jane Shemilt builds layer upon layer of tension in a novel you won’t be able to put down (TESS GERRITSEN)

Gripping to the last page! (My Weekly)

Thrilling (Sunday Express)

Clever (Sun)

Taut and thought-provoking (Sunday Mirror)

Utterly gripping. A tautly coiled spring of suspicion and suspense which builds to a devastating ending (Mail On Sunday)

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