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Daughter – Jane Shemilt
  • 2014 - Penguin
  • ISBN-10: 1405915293
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405915298

There’s a stranger in your daughter’s room. It’s your daughter . . .

Naomi is missing.

Her mother Jenny is desperately searching for answers.

Is finding her the only way to put their family back together?

Or will discovering the truth about Naomi finally tear them apart?

What would you do if your daughter was stolen – snatched off the street as she walked home?

Jenny, a doctor, is content. She loves her three teenage children – her twins, Theo and Ed, and fifteen year old daughter, Naomi. She loves her husband, Ted, a celebrated neurosurgeon. She loves the way that, as a family, they always know each other’s problems – they talk about everything. But when Naomi doesn’t come home after her school play and a nationwide manhunt to catch the kidnapper begins, secrets previously kept from Jenny are revealed. 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 find out the shocking reality of the daughter she thought told her everything.

Daughter – Jane Shemilt


Sunday Express

“A fantastic debut.”

Good Reads

“Utterly gripping. A tautly coiled spring of suspicion and suspense which builds to a devastating ending.”

Mail on Sunday

“A simple abduction soon turns into something far more complex. Builds layer upon layer of tension in a novel you won't be able to put down.”

Tess Gerritsen

“Totally unexpected.”

Good Housekeeping

“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 this accomplished book is a debut.”

Judy Finnegan

“Gripping to the last page.”

My Weekly


The Sun

“This taut and thought-provoking debut novel explores a working mothers guilt; something all-too familiar to many of us.”

Woman & Home

International Editions

UK (C'wealth) Penguin
USA HarperCollins
Albania Dituria
Brazil Nova Fronteira
Croatia Mozaik Knjiga
Czech Rep. Omega
Denmark HR Ferdinand
Estonia Ersen
France Fleuve Noir
Germany Random House – Blanvalet
Greece Klidarithmos
Hungary Lira Books
Italy Newton Compton
Japan Kodansha
Korea Book Plaza
Netherlands House of Books
Norway Gyldendal
Poland Amber
Portugal Presenca
Russia AST
Serbia Vulcan
Turkey Pegasus Yayinlari

Awards & Accolades for Daughter

  • #2 on The Sunday Times Bestsellers list.
  • Held a top ten spot in Sunday Times Bestsellers list for 9 weeks.
  • The fastest selling debut of 2014.
  • A Richard & Judy pick for Autumn 2014.
  • Shortlisted for the Janklow and Nesbit Prize and the Lucy Cavendish award.
  • Nominated as one of 5 for the Edgar Award for Best Paperback.