Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Daughter by Jane Shemilt

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 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.

This was a strange book. It felt a little weird reading it now that I'm pregnant, wondering about the relationship I might have with my teenaged daughter one day. Is it really that easy to be completely unaware of what is going on in your children's lives? I hope not!

And aside from a pretty annoying ending, it's still a pretty scary read. A child going missing is up there on my list of worst fears. I dunno that I'd recommend this as a good book tho.

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