Jane Shemilt

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.

The Night Of The Disappearance - 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. Find her.

One year later - 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, about a GP and her family and the sudden horror that devastates their lives when the 16-year-old daughter disappears one night. Suddenly all their middle-class assumptions and their satisfaction with their busy happy lives are shattered as they discover their daughter’s real life is nothing like they thought. Shemilt asks: ‘Do you really know your own daughter?’

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