The Daughter

  • by Jane Shemilt
  • Narrated by Sophie Aldred
  • 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Jenny is a successful family doctor, the mother of three great teenagers, married to a celebrated neurosurgeon. But when her youngest child, 15-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 pass, the worst-case scenarios - kidnapping, murder - seem less plausible. The trail has gone cold. Yet for a desperate Jenny, the search has barely begun. More than a year after her daughter's disappearance, she's still digging for answers - and what she finds disturbs her. Everyone she's trusted, everyone she thought she knew, has been keeping secrets, especially Naomi.
Piecing together the traces her daughter left behind, Jenny discovers a very different Naomi from the girl she thought she'd raised.


What the Critics Say

"Shemilt injects a great deal of suspense into her narrative in both time frames even as her fluid prose eloquently captures a mother's grief and painful journey to self-awareness." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful


This book is not a mystery story by any means. It is a good, but not great, tale of what a well-meaning "perfect" mother learns about herself and her perfect family as the hours, days, weeks, and months pass after her young daughter goes missing. Very slow in some places.
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- Ann "Seeking the Truth"


The book had too many slow parts, it didn't make sense at times and overall was just not interesting.
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- Nyesha

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-23-2015
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio