The Drowning Lesson
Emma and Adam are doctors at the top of their fields and so when they are offered the chance to take their three children to Africa for a year for a research placement it seems like the opportunity of a lifetime. It's going to be an experience they'll never forget. But for all the wrong reasons. When Emma arrives home one night to the sickening sight of an empty cot, their family's dream adventure turns into their worst nightmare. Thousands of miles from home and from anyone who can help, they must discover the truth. Is this a random abduction, a tragic accident or something far more sinister?
Praise for Daughter - Utterly gripping. A tautly coiled spring of suspicion and suspense which builds to a devastating ending Mail On Sunday Complex and baffling. Jane Shemilt builds layer upon layer of tension in a novel you won't be able to put down Tess Gerritsen Thrilling Sunday Express Taut and thought-provoking Sunday Mirror Thrilling, yet written with depth and subtlety, and tender insight into parental love Tessa Hadley Gripping to the last page! My Weekly Clever Sun We absolutely loved this book. It's about a GP and her family and the sudden horror that devastates their lives when their 16-year-old daughter disappears one night. It's difficult to believe that this accomplished book is a debut -- Judy Finnigan Richard and Judy book club A wonderful plot, full of tantalising reasons to read on, and of course with a killer twist at the end. What impressed me most was (...) the impossibility of truly knowing those closest to us, the pressures of parenthood - in particular working motherhood, and the terrible loss at the heart of all parenting: they grow up and away Christopher Wakling, author of What I Did Ostensibly a suspense novel about the disappearance of a teenage girl, this taut and thought-provoking debut novel explores a working mother's guilt, something all-too familiar to many of us Woman & Home
While working as a GP, Jane Shemilt completed a postgraduate diploma in creative writing at Bristol University and went on to study for the MA in creative writing at Bath Spa, gaining both with distinction. She was shortlisted for the Janklow and Nesbit award and the Lucy Cavendish fiction prize for Daughter, her first novel. She and her husband, a Professor of Neurosurgery, have five children and live in Bristol.