THE DROWNING LESSON JANE SHEMILT
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 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?
As I read Daughter by Jane Shemilt, and couldn’t put it down, I was busting to read The Drowning Lesson. But for me I much preferred Jane’s first novel Daughter.
The Drowning Lesson does hold some interesting and upsetting points. Although Emma and Adam have two perfect daughters but their relationship is surrounded by work and success. As Emma’s husband is going to Africa to work she has just found out that she is pregnant and hopes that Adam will cancel going to Africa.
When their baby is born he has a strawberry birthmark on his face. This scene brought tears to my eyes as one of my friends son’s has a strawberry birthmark on his face.
But it is not whats someone looks like on the outside that people should judge someone by, it what is on the inside of a person that is the most important thing that counts.