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Daughter

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  16,474 ratings  ·  1,893 reviews
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 pas
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Paperback, 390 pages
Published August 28th 2014 by Penguin
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Stefane I disliked the ending. Thought it didn't make any sense and was completely unrealistic.
Petra Miocic I suppose it depends on how mature your 13-year-old is. As someone said, kids should be aware of all the bad things out there but then again, maybe so…moreI suppose it depends on how mature your 13-year-old is. As someone said, kids should be aware of all the bad things out there but then again, maybe some books for young adults would be more appropriate for the introduction. I used to read books like "Daughter" at the age of 13 and I turned out pretty fine :)(less)

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Leah
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
I've literally just finished reading Daughter... and I'm confused. What kind of ending was that? Who writes a 400 page book to end it so ambiguously? Ugh. I'm not impressed, and a tad confused. What exactly happened the night Naomi disappeared? Despite that being the main question asked of the novel, we don't actually find out definitively.

I also must confess to not liking the present day narrative. It was a bit boring, and Jenny's guilt came way, way too late. Whilst I understand her need for
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Margaret Houston
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Deanna
I was really looking forward to this book after reading the description. However, in my opinion it didn't quite live up to my expectations.

When 15 year old Naomi doesn't come home after her school play, her parents immediately start to panic. A nationwide search is launched but there seems to be no trace of Naomi. Was she taken or did she leave by her own choice? Her mother Jenny has not given up hope and continues to dig for answers. She questions everything she thought she knew about Naomi as
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Joanne Sheppard
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Daughter by Jane Shemilt centres on the disappearance of a 15-year-old girl, Naomi, from the kind of middle-class, well-off family that has a cleaner and a holiday cottage. It's Naomi's mother Jenny who tells the story of the events leading up to Naomi's failure to come home one night after her appearance in a school play, and of the aftermath of her - what? Abduction? Murder? Or has Naomi simply run away?

The general message of Daughter is that we don't always know our families - particularly ou
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Diane S ☔
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 Jenny thought she was handling her busy life well, she is a physician, loves to paint and is raising three children. She thought that though her time was divided that she knew her children, understood them and was always there for them when they really needed her. She thought this until her fifteen year old daughter Naomi did not come home.

I think if I had read this while raising my children it would have made me very protective, looking for things they were not telling me. Maybe more carefu
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Amy Goodchild
May 17, 2015 rated it did not like it
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Sharon
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who enjoy true to live stories with a twist
Shelves: reviewed-2015
E-book gifted by NetGalley for review

Jenny thinks she has it all, perfect husband, perfect children and the perfect job. That is until their 15-year-old daughter Naomi goes missing. As the days roll into weeks, then months, secrets about her family will surface that shocks Jenny to the very core of her being. She will question everything she knew about her loved ones, has she really been blind to her family and what has been going on below the surface with them? What ever the case Jenny's once p
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Michael
Jan 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a difficult book for me to asses. On one hand the writing is for the most part first class and will keep you thinking to the very end. But countering that was two huge niggles that usually is enough for me to downgrade my rating but here i am not so sure.

The story at it's core is about secrets and how they can have the ability to destroy a family. Jenny Malcolm seemingly has the perfect family. She works long hours as a doctor, has a neurosurgeon husband, Ted and three teenage children.
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Aj the Ravenous Reader
More like 2.75 stars

A before and after narration of a mother who lost her only daughter for more than a year and is still hoping to receive news, any news at all about her missing daughter. To be honest, I found the first half of the book compelling to read. My suspicions were raised against several characters in the story who seemed a possible culprit because like I’ve already established, anyone in a mystery/crime/thriller novel could be a suspect.

But as the story moves forward, each charac
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Alex
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Malia
Mar 14, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
I was quite excited when my copy of this book finally arrived, after having read such good things about it for a while. It starts of very intriguingly, with Naomi, a fifteen-year-old girl, disappearing without a trace. The story is told from the past and the present by Jenny, the mother, who is unable to fathom a world without her youngest child. The premise of the story is tragic and moving at once, and I was pulled in quickly. For about the first half, I thought I would happily give the book f ...more
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
*3.5 stars
Jane Shemilt’s debut novel Daughter has been billed as a thriller about a teenage girl’s disappearance. I would have to say this book is best described as a family drama, with a measured dose of suspense, centered around fifteen year old Naomi Malcolm’s disappearance. Daughter is also a thought provoking read, raising questions around the concept of whether or not you truly know you loved ones.

The bulk of Daughter is told from the perspective of Jenny Malcolm, the mother of the missing
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Liz Barnsley
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So I’ve read some great family dramas with a mystery twist recently and this one was an excellent and addictive example of why I love these sorts of stories when they are done well.

In “Daughter”, when Naomi fails to return from her school play, her family is thrust into the limelight of a nationwide search and an emotional turmoil that knows no bounds. As the story evolves between the days leading up to Naomi going missing, the immediate aftermath, then a year later, we get a realistic and emoti
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Patty
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Is a mother responsible for everyone's safety and happiness 24/7? Should she see everything going on and intervene before things go to far? If she is too nosy and overbearing the kids won't tell her anything, if she is not involved the kids don't think she cares, how can a mother know what is best? Can we ever really know another person?

I just read an article in People magazine about Terri Roberts, she is the mother of the 32 year old man that went on a killing spree at the Amish School in PA.
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Sue
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
This fabulous book won't be released until June.

I was honoured to be able to read this for the author and publishers Penguin Books (UK)

Where do I start. I've been thinking all afternoon how to write my review as I don't want to give away too many spoilers or the conclusion of the book.

If you are a Mother you will know we all get guilt. Did we do this enough for them, did we look after them properly, is it our fault they did this or that, should I have done things a different way. No ones childr
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Dale Harcombe
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
A fifteen year old daughter, Naomi goes missing and the family is left with lots of questions but no answers. It sounds like all the ingredients for a riveting read and that’s what I expected. For me though, it never happened that way. Don’t get me wrong, the book is readable. The problem I felt was the way it kept jumping from the period of Naomi’s disappearance and then to twelve months later. Instead of building tension this technique diffused it.
My other problem was Jenny, the mother. I cou
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Brenda
Jenny Malcolm worked long hours as a family doctor; her husband Ted was a successful neurosurgeon within a big hospital; twins Theo and Ed were in their final year of study and busy with their own lives; while fifteen year old Naomi was rehearsing for the school play of which she was a big part. Everyone had things to do – the small differences Jenny was noticing with Naomi were fleeting; she put it all down to tiredness from the constant pull and pressures of the play.

But the second to last ni
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Frances
Aug 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
This book was an enormous waste of my time. I don't even know where to begin with this.

The main character, Jenny, is a Dr and an idiot. "My daughter's perfect and good and tells me everything!" Even a good kid doesn't tell their parents everything. She's completely oblivious to what anyone is doing, ever, if it doesn't involve her. Jenny is kind of a dick.

Let's see, what else made me angry? It's set in Bristol, where I was born, where I live and the descriptions are awful. She just names place
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Kate Taylor
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

When her young teenage daughter fails to come home one night after a school play performance, Jenny is frantic, Naomi is an innocent, her disappearance out of character and Jenny wants nothing more than to find her. As the police investigate, Jenny is stunned by what they discover, Naomi has been leading a life she knew nothing about.

The first person narrative shifts between the past - the days and weeks just before and after Naomi's disappearance - and the present, nearly a year later. Surprisi
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Miranda
Jun 09, 2015 rated it did not like it
I hate, in novels, when teenage children run away or do drugs the blame falls on the mother who works. This book is filled with blame for the mother because she works. She places that blame on herself, her son blames her for not being there, her husband accuses her of not having time. It's crap! My own mother worked my entire life and I and my brother turned out fine. We didn't turn to drugs or run away and now we're both perfectly well adjusted adults with a good relationship with our parents. ...more
Joanna Scott
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
Disappointed and incredulous. I actually felt sorry for the mother and father in this book as their children Naomi, Ed and Theo were painted as sullen, crotchety brats yet mother ran round after them. When the girl disappeared I couldn't care less what happened to her and the end of the book proves my point. What a thoughtless, hard and cruel wee madam. I feel sorry for Jenny and I liked Mary and the the dog Bertie but beyond that......
Jules
Aug 07, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm giving this 3 stars, as it was a reasonably enjoyable read. I thought the idea behind the book was good. I think if this is read as more of a crime drama, rather than a suspense thriller, it may be enjoyed more. It may also be enjoyed more by readers who have teenage children, as they may be able to connect with it better than me, who just has 2 dogs, who are reasonably well behaved.

I have to admit, that in this case, I very much judged the book by its cover. I think the cover is great & has
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Regina
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2015
I just finished reading Daughter five minutes ago.

It was oh so good and oh so frustrating at the same time.

It was well paced, captivating and very well crafted.

The frustration came from the character of the mother - Jenny. She irritated me so much. I wanted to reach into the novel and shake her. I believe to cause such a feeling in the reader is also the mark of a well written novel.

The ending was also frustrating - frustratingly good.

I didn't like any of the characters - but that's what I like
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Cleopatra  Pullen
Apr 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, own
This book will strike fear into the heart of any mother, especially those with teenage children. After all how much could you really tell the police about your 15 year old daughter’s life? Are you like Jenny and think that you know her friends? Do you know what she is doing right now?

Jenny’s nightmare begins one November day when her youngest child Naomi fails to come back from a meal out following the penultimate night of her performance as Maria in West Side Story. As Jenny and her husband Ted
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Matheus Rios
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
I really despise shallow, empty characters that have no attitude or a single shred of personality, and this book is full of them. Despite living in a bubble of privilege, everyone in this novel thinks that everything wrong with their lives is a great injustice, and not a simple consequence of their bad choices and everything they did wrong. This novel had all the potential to be a great suspense book, but in fact, this is nothing more than a dull story that had me rolling my eyes at how tiring a ...more
Glen
Feb 29, 2020 rated it liked it
I won this novel in goodreads drawing.

A woman doctor loses everything when her daughter disappears. She thought she had a perfect family, but finds she's been living in denial for years about every member of her family.

Sad, but to be honest, I never felt particularly sorry for the protagonist.
Ann Girdharry
Oct 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fifteen year old Naomi goes missing. She's the daughter of loving parents and she has twin brothers, one of whom was supposed to have picked her up from her theatre practice on the night of her disappearance.
The story is told from the mother's point of view, Jenny. Jenny is a successful doctor. She lives a well-off, middle class life. She's comfortable, secure, happy, but all of that changes as she torments herself about her daughter's disappearance. In fact, as the story unravels we see how li
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Becca
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was initially put off reading this because of the comparison to Jodi Picoult who I avoid. I don't do books that are deliberately emotional and depressing, I like books that I can escape into and either be horrified by grisly murder, scared by psychotic characters or visit a whole new world.

Daughter doesn't really fit into any of these categories but it still kept me reading and I finished the whole book in an afternoon. An accomplished debut novel, it opens with a mother whose daughter has go
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Rebecca
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
A teenage girl mysteriously disappears. As the mother tries to make sense of it, she realizes she didn't know her daughter (or her other two children) nearly as well as she thought. Perhaps the mom was a bit scatter-brained, but geez! The way these kids act, you'd think she'd starved and flogged them. And was I really supposed to believe that (view spoiler) ...more
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Jane is a general practitioner who completed a post graduate diploma in Creative Writing at Bristol university and went on to study for a M.A in Creative writing at Bath Spa. She was shortlisted for the Janklow and Nesbitt award and the Lucy Cavendish fiction prize for Daughter, her first novel.

She and her husband, a Professor of Neurosurgery, have 5 children and live in Bristol, England.

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