The Daughter by Jane Shemilt


the daughter

Photo Credit: William Morrow


This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.

The Daughter

Summary from Goodreads:

How well do you really know those you love?

Jenny loves her three teenage children and her husband, Ted, a celebrated neurosurgeon. She loves the way that, as a family, they always know each other’s problems and don’t keep secrets from each other.

But when her youngest child, fifteen-year-old Naomi, doesn’t come home after her school play and a nationwide search for her begins, secrets previously kept from Jenny are revealed.

Naomi has vanished, leaving her family broken and her mother desperately searching for answers. But the traces Naomi’s left behind reveal a very different girl to the one Jenny thought she’d raised. And the more she looks the more she learns that everyone she trusted has been keeping secrets.

How well does she really know her sons, her husband? How well did she know Naomi? If Jenny is going to find her, she’ll have to first uncover the truth about the daughter she thought told her everything.


Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

Have you ever read a book that you couldn’t stop thinking about for days after you read it? THE DAUGHTER was my latest book like that. Jane Shemilt took an average family and just ripped them to shreds- showed their ugly sides and brought up some interesting viewpoints.

The plot- Naomi is missing. It’s assumed that some tragic has happened to her- kidnapped, raped, beaten, left for dead- the kind of things that mothers dream about as they tell their children to be aware of their surroundings.

Jenny blames herself. She’s her mother, she should know what is going on in her life. And yet, at the first of the book- Jenny is almost patting herself on the back too hard for being so proud of the family- the way they “look” to the world, how together they have it- so you know an epic smackdown of karma is headed her way. And it is.

The longer Naomi is gone- the less it looks like she was taken against her will and the more it looks like she ran freely to whatever was out there in the world- freedom, perhaps. And that’s a toss-up as to which nightmare is worst to a mother- the thought of her daughter being abused or dead OR the thought that she actively left the life that Jenny had provided her.

Without trying to spoil the story- 2 of the 3 kids suffer from what I like to think of as “poor rich kid” syndrome- my life is this, my life is that- I must do THIS to have a better life.

While the majority of the book focuses on Naomi- her disappearance and Jenny trying to come to terms with the disappearance- the book is really about a family. An ordinary family that, on the surface, look really good. Doctor parents, 3 children, good grades, activities, on and on and on… But each family member has a secret- and they all play into the role of what happened to Naomi.


*This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration by William Morrow. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone. This book was also chosen as a She Reads Books of Spring.*


Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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12 thoughts on “The Daughter by Jane Shemilt

  1. ondbookshelf says:

    I heard the ending of this requires discussion for those that have read it? That is what I got from previous reviews. I’ve got this one on my list, it looks like my kind of book.

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