The Drowning Lesson

Jane Shemilt

The haunting new novel from the author of 2014's stunning Richard and Judy Book Club bestseller Daughter

The press conference, one year ago

Our home is a crime scene now.

I am in yesterday's clothes. The clothes in which I kissed Sam goodbye. Then he'd belonged only to us. Now his image will be shared with the world.

We should be grateful.

'Our son . . . Sam . . .' My eyes fill with tears, the writing on the paper blurs. 'Someone took him. Please help us . . .'

I back away from the microphone, the paper falls from my hands.

The anniversary

The Jordan family thought they would return from their gap year abroad enriched, better people, a closer family.
Not minus one child.

A year on, Emma remains haunted by the image of that empty cot, thousands of miles away, the chasm between her and the rest of the family growing with each day that Sam remains missing. Is her son still out there? Will the mystery about what happened that night ever be unravelled?

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
'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


Jane Shemilt

There's a stranger in your daughter's room.

It's your daughter.


One Year Gone . . .

Naomi is missing.

Jenny is a mother on the brink of obsession.

The Malcolm family is in pieces.

Is finding her the only way to put them back together?

Or will the truth about Naomi finally tear them apart?

'We absolutely loved this' Richard & Judy Book Club

'Thrilling' Sunday Express

'Taut and thought-provoking' Woman & Home

'You won't be able to put it down' Tess Gerritsen

'Gripping to the last page!' My Weekly

'Clever' Sun

'Utterly gripping' Mail On Sunday

Jane Shemilt

Author and doctor Jane Shemilt has won praise for her debut novel Daughter.


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, which went on to be selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club.

She and her husband, a professor of neurosurgery, have five children and live in Bristol.