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Just What Kind of Mother Are You?

Paula Daly

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Lisa Kallisto—overwhelmed working mother—is the not-so-perfect model of the modern woman. She holds down a busy job running an animal shelter, she cares for three demanding children, and she worries that her marriage isn’t getting enough attention. During an impossibly hectic week, Lisa takes her eye off the ball for a moment and her world descends into a living nightmare. Not only is her best friend’s thirteen-year-old daughter missing, but it’s Lisa’s fault. To make matters worse, Lucinda is the second teenage girl to disappear within the past two weeks. The first one turned up stripped bare and abandoned on the main street after a horrible ordeal. Wracked with guilt over her mistake, and after having been publicly blamed by Lucinda’s family, Lisa sets out to right the wrong. As she begins digging under the surface, Lisa learns that everything is not quite what it first appears to be.

In Paula Daly’s heart-stopping debut novel, motherhood, marriage, and friendship are tested when a string of abductions tear through a small-town community. Gripping and fast-paced, Just What Kind of Mother Are You? introduces an outstanding new thriller writer with a terrifying imagination for the horrors that lurk in everyday lives.

Publishers Weekly Review

Jul 22, 2013 – A distinctive voice, masterful plotting, and pitch-perfect characterizations mark British author Daly’s superb debut. Set in the Lake District, where history coexists with economic hardship, the story revolves around two mothers of teenage girls. Perpetually stretched by obligations to family and work, Lisa Kallisto knows she’s partly to blame when Lucinda, the daughter of her friend Kate Riverty, is abducted. Had Lisa properly followed up on the girl’s sleep-over plans with her own daughter, Lucinda’s absence would have been discovered a day earlier. As Det. Constable Joanne Aspinall compares the disappearance to a series of similar unsolved crimes, Lisa battles her self-doubt and tries to save the enviably perfect Kate from crumbling. Daly’s detailed, richly imagined world and surprising plot twists bring fresh life to the familiar theme of child abduction. In the end, the novel is not just an intriguing puzzle but also a nuanced exploration of friendship, motherhood, fallibility, and the mystery of human relationships.

Customer Reviews

finished it in 2 days!

This book grabbed me from the first page. I completely identified with Lisa's character as a busy mom who doesn't quite have it all together and she feels like the rest of the families around her somehow have it better. The story was engrossing and the many twists had me reading late into the nit.

I love this book!!!

Paula Daly writes of my weakness, my frailties, my search for perfection, and then shows me that I share this humanity with some very special, and at the same time, average characters. I love these people ... and believe the monsters, most of whom have their own rationale, however twisted. Some, of course, have no humanity, but this book is like life, and most of it's sweet. And most of all for Bluey ... (Spoiler Alert!) Thank you for giving him a happy ending!

Just what kind of mother are you?

I absolutely adored this story. It was riveting from the first page to the last. The characters were rich & believable. One of those books that you just can't put down. This was my first reading by this author. I can unequivocally tell you it will not be my last. Guess I need to see what she is offering for my next read!

Just What Kind of Mother Are You?
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Sep 03, 2013
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Seller: The Perseus Books Group, LLC
  • Print Length: 256 Pages
  • Language: English
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