In the tradition of Gillian Flynn, Tana French, and Ruth Rendell, this compelling and clever psychological thriller spins the harrowing tale of a mother’s obsessive search for her missing daughter.
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.
British author Shemilt s sensitive if sometimes painful first novel focuses on the disintegration of the Malcolm family of Bristol, England, in the wake of a tragedy: husband Ted, a neurosurgeon; wife Jenny, a family doctor and amateur painter; their 17-year-old twins, Ed and Theo; and their 15-year-old daughter, Naomi. Naomi lands the plum role of Maria in her school s production of West Side Story, but after a performance she disappears without a trace. A year later, Jenny is living alone in Dorset, having discovered that everything she thought about her family was incomplete or wrong. Jenny is a strong and believable character, and the blinkers that keep her from seeing her husband and children clearly grow as insidiously as cataracts. The secrets hidden from Jenny are common ones, but her absorption in her work, her art, and the daily routines of family life keeps her from seeing the problems. Not all the characters are as well drawn as Jenny, and Naomi remains too much of a mystery, but Jenny s journey is a memorable one.
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I actually liked this book. It was a roller coaster ride to the surprise ending.
The title was intriguing, the rest of the book was a struggle. I thought of throwing it in the trash because the story just seemed to drag and it was frustrating. I was curious to know what happened to 'the daughter' but the ending fell flat which was what I seen coming but had to make myself finish it because I can't even fathom not finishing a book that I have started! Would not recommend at all.
Not deep enough.
This book was not one that kept me on the edge of my seat. It did not really excite me and I thought it was rather simple and basic. Very predictable. I did not feel very close to the characters