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Book Review: Daughter

Daughter is the debut novel by Jane Shemilt. Dr. Jenny Malcolm has it all. She works as a GP, loves her job, has a loving husband who is a neurosurgeon, three amazing children – twins Theo and Ed, age 17, and her daughter, Naomi, age 15. They have a beautiful house in Bristol, a reliable housekeeper and a perfectly good life. Jenny loves that her children can be independent and yet, be open and loving. Being their mother, she obviously knows them best.

Her perfect world though, is turned around when once night, Naomi fails to return after a meal with friends.

Slowly Jenny learns that Naomi was lying to her. She learns that perhaps, in spite of all the clues available, she had failed to notice the obvious.

In a turmoil of over fourteen months, she struggles to find out what happened to her daughter and realise that maybe, she didn’t know her family after all.

This is a gripping tale of a mother’s anguish at losing her child. It  begs the question though, was she already lost long before? As someone who works with adolescents regularly, Naomi’s character was believable. So too were the lies and the secrets from her parents. Jenny is a likeable character and in spite of not being a mother, I was able to empathise with her. Being a career woman and loving my work,  I manage to empathise with female characters who love their work. Sadly though, in most books, this seems to end in tragedy.

Shemilt builds the suspense extremely well as she starts the book one year after Naomi’s disappearance, She then alternates between focussing on the past and the present, building bit by bit, giving hints and insights into the Malcolm family until the final outcome of what actually happened to Naomi. Halfway through, I had an idea about what may have occurred and I was right but it didn’t stop me from reading.

It’s a brilliant debut and I can’t wait to read her next book.

My rating:

Daughter (2014) by Jane Shemilt

390 pp, Penguin UK

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***This has been reviewed for Erin’s Book Challenge 4.0 {Book starting with ‘D’} and Outdo yourself reading challenge. It’s also being linked up to Monday Musings at Everyday Gyaan and The Bespectacled mother and Open Slather at One Mother Hen***

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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  • Debbie D.
    11 January 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Sounds like a riveting story! Thanks for the review and have a great week. πŸ™‚
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  • Debbie D.
    11 January 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Sounds like a riveting story! Thanks for the review and have a great week. πŸ™‚
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  • Corinne Rodrigues
    11 January 2016 at 5:47 pm

    Ah adding it to my ‘to read’ list, Sanch. It sounds like a book that would hold my attention.
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      11 January 2016 at 8:58 pm

      Definitely a page-turner Corinne. I finished it in a day. Of course, I’m on holidays so that helped!

  • Corinne Rodrigues
    11 January 2016 at 5:47 pm

    Ah adding it to my ‘to read’ list, Sanch. It sounds like a book that would hold my attention.
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      11 January 2016 at 8:58 pm

      Definitely a page-turner Corinne. I finished it in a day. Of course, I’m on holidays so that helped!

  • Shalini
    11 January 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Seems interesting. And I’m definitely reading this. Thanks for the review and for letting us know about such a book. Off to Amazon. πŸ™‚
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  • Shalini
    11 January 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Seems interesting. And I’m definitely reading this. Thanks for the review and for letting us know about such a book. Off to Amazon. πŸ™‚
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  • Soumya
    11 January 2016 at 6:16 pm

    5 stars?? I’m adding it to my list of TBR.

    I do agree in most books that a working woman is reduced to a tragic figure at the end. I so love books that have a woman with a successful career and one who is independent and loves her job! πŸ™‚

    This one seems to be it.
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      12 January 2016 at 8:50 am

      Yeah for the gripping pace, writing style and plot πŸ™‚ And yeah, it’s sad though to always see something tragic happen to working women.

  • Soumya
    11 January 2016 at 6:16 pm

    5 stars?? I’m adding it to my list of TBR.

    I do agree in most books that a working woman is reduced to a tragic figure at the end. I so love books that have a woman with a successful career and one who is independent and loves her job! πŸ™‚

    This one seems to be it.
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      12 January 2016 at 8:50 am

      Yeah for the gripping pace, writing style and plot πŸ™‚ And yeah, it’s sad though to always see something tragic happen to working women.

  • nabanita
    11 January 2016 at 6:21 pm

    Ahh this review and your rating , makes this book a must read in my to-read list πŸ™‚

  • nabanita
    11 January 2016 at 6:21 pm

    Ahh this review and your rating , makes this book a must read in my to-read list πŸ™‚

  • Vidya Sury
    11 January 2016 at 7:57 pm

    What a nice review, Sanch. I will find and read this book! Thank you for the reco! 5 stars is amazing. Hugs!
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  • Vidya Sury
    11 January 2016 at 7:57 pm

    What a nice review, Sanch. I will find and read this book! Thank you for the reco! 5 stars is amazing. Hugs!
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  • Anamika Agnihotri
    11 January 2016 at 10:49 pm

    The review intrigues me to know what happened to Naomi. I hope the writer has not attributed Naomi’s lies and her getting lost to her mother’s working status in any way. The world really needs stories of successful working women with happy and contented families and kids so that next time a woman bears a child she is not shown negative consequences of working on family and kids.

    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      12 January 2016 at 6:37 pm

      In a way, it’s open to interpretation. What helps I suppose is that the author herself is a doctor and has a family. I guess it’s issues she’s probably struggled with in terms of balancing it all.

  • Anamika Agnihotri
    11 January 2016 at 10:49 pm

    The review intrigues me to know what happened to Naomi. I hope the writer has not attributed Naomi’s lies and her getting lost to her mother’s working status in any way. The world really needs stories of successful working women with happy and contented families and kids so that next time a woman bears a child she is not shown negative consequences of working on family and kids.

    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      12 January 2016 at 6:37 pm

      In a way, it’s open to interpretation. What helps I suppose is that the author herself is a doctor and has a family. I guess it’s issues she’s probably struggled with in terms of balancing it all.

  • Anunoy Samanta
    12 January 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Although they are not related, the title reminded me of “Not without my daughter”. It sounds like a good tale too. Thanks for reviewing πŸ™‚
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  • Anunoy Samanta
    12 January 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Although they are not related, the title reminded me of “Not without my daughter”. It sounds like a good tale too. Thanks for reviewing πŸ™‚
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  • Maliny Mohan
    17 January 2016 at 7:26 pm

    I like novels that border on intense emotions and drama.I have been reading a lot of Indian english books lately and sadly such books are rare in the lot. Thanks for the review πŸ™‚

  • Maliny Mohan
    17 January 2016 at 7:26 pm

    I like novels that border on intense emotions and drama.I have been reading a lot of Indian english books lately and sadly such books are rare in the lot. Thanks for the review πŸ™‚