Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Daughter by Jane Shemilt

Title: Daughter
Author: Jane Shemilt
Published: 28th August 2014
Publisher: Penguin


The cover for daughter is so striking and so mysterious and it depicts exactly what you are going to get from this brilliantly thrilling story, so simply titled, daughter.

I seemed to have read quite a lot of thrillers recently, so the bar was set pretty high for this one and thankfully daughter definitely delivered.

Jane Shemilt has written an incredibly well put together psychological family thriller. It is complex, but it works. Jane manages to create a very atmospheric story that sucks you in completely, not allowing you to stop thinking about it even when you have had to put the book down. What worked well was the shifting of the story from what happened right before and after Naomi's disappearance and a year after. By doing this, it feels that you are one of the characters in the story, desperately trying to work out what happened to Naomi. I loved the complexity of the characters of Naomi's family and they are what make the story. To the outside world they may seem like a normal family but behind closed doors, they are not so perfect and even those within the family do not really know their secrets.

Daughter manages to keep you gripped throughout. There is always the need to find out what happened to Naomi. Where did she go? Who took her? Her presence is always hauntingly there while Jenny tries to remember what happened leading up to her disappearance. What is it that she kept hidden from her family?

A gripping, intense emotional, jaw-dropping thriller. Daughter will haunt you until you know the truth.



  1. That cover really is striking. I think I'll invest myself in this book, sounds interesting. Great review!