The Drowning Lesson By Jane Shemilt – Book Review #34

The Drowning Lesson


I’d not heard of this author before. I came across the book at the charity shop where I volunteer. The blurb on the back made me buy it.

It wasn’t as good as I thought it was going to be but I did enjoy it and it had the right amount of suspense to keep me reading.


The story centres on a family of four. The parents, Emma and Adam, are doctors and they have two young daughters.

Adam is offered a research placement in Botswana. Emma initially doesn’t want to go but after accidentally getting pregnant, she decides it will be good for them all to go after the baby is born.

Sam is only 4 months old when he’s abducted while his parents are at work. He’d been born with a birthmark on his face which should have made it easier to find him but it didn’t help.
Being so far away from home and in a country so different from their own, Emma and Adam find things even more difficult. The family starts to fall apart.


Emma isn’t a very likable character and it’s hard to sympathise with her at times. I don’t know if I’d ever feel the way she did about my baby having a visible birthmark. I can’t imagine I would but as I’ve never been in that situation I’ll never know.
She’s very competitive and seems to put her career before her children. She doesn’t like her husband doing better than her and all this made me dislike her a bit.

I did feel sorry for her occasionally after Sam had gone missing but not as much as I would if she hadn’t been portrayed the way she was.

Previous Novel

Jane Shemilt’s previous novel sounds good but I’m a bit wary about reading it now. Some of the reviews on Goodreads mention Daughter, the previous book by this author. They’ve said both books are much the same in regards to the storyline.

If I come across it in the charity shop I might buy just so I can see if I agree with those reviews!

The Drowning Lesson by Jane Shemilt

The Drowning Lesson by Jane Shemilt

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  1. All about a Mummy 29th August 2017 at 7:44 am

    I’ve got Daughter sitting in my to be read pile next to my bed. I keep skipping over for some reason, I’ll have to give it a try #readwithme

  2. chantelle hazelden 28th August 2017 at 11:34 am

    Sounds like a mixed bag of a story! Thanks for sharing with #readwithme

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