Just What Kind of Mother Are You?

Just What Kind of Mother Are You?

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A searing and sinister thriller for readers who liked Gone Girl.

What if your best friend's child disappears? And it was all your fault.

A searing and sinister thriller for readers who liked Gone Girl.What if your best friend's child disappears? And it was all your fault. This is exactly what happens to Lisa Kallisto, overwhelmed working mother of three, one freezing December in the English Lake District. She takes her eye off the ball for just a moment and her whole world descends into the stuff of nightmares. Because, not only is thirteen-year-old Lucinda missing, and not only is it all Lisa's fault, but she's the second teenage girl to disappear within this small tightknit community over two weeks. The first girl turned up stripped bare, dumped on a busy high street, after suffering from a terrifying ordeal. 

Wracked with guilt over her mistake and after being publicly blamed by Lucinda's family, Lisa sets out to right the wrong. But as she begins peeling away the layers surrounding Lucinda's disappearance, Lisa learns that the small, posh, quiet town she lives in isn't what she thought it was, and her friends may not be who they appear, either.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, c2013.
ISBN: 9780385680073
Characteristics: 313 p. ; 24 cm.


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Apr 16, 2018

A thoroughly interesting read. Well written, and keeps you guessing. My two complaints are pretty minor - I felt like there were some pretty big coincidences used to guide the plot along, and that the ending was a bit lackluster. There's also quite a lot of British slang and phrasing, which may put some off. Overall, a solid and above average mystery/thriller book.

Sep 16, 2017

This book wasn't as good as "Trophy Child"; however, it provided an insightful exploration into the workings of relationships. An intriguing plot, with well-defined characters. Nevertheless well worth reading.

Jul 06, 2016

Luckily, the book jacket caught my eye in our library today. On the inside cover the author of "Into the Darkest Corner" gave it a glowing review and I really liked that disturbing book. This is a debut novel and I suspect this British author will only improve. I thought it was more of a page turner than Gone Girl OR Girl on the Train.

Jan 03, 2016

Second book I have read from this author. Love her style and story progression. She has become one with of my favorite writers. This book is a must read and her comments afterward really hit home with women and what they battle each day.

Aug 15, 2015

Lisa is among hundreds of thousands of mothers who are struggling to balance work and family. Occasionally, balls get dropped. Unfortunately, the ball that gets dropped in this book is a friend's daughter, who goes missing when she was supposed to be in Lisa's care.

Paula Daly has written Lisa as a highly realistic character. She's unsure of herself and sometimes spectacularly says or does exactly the wrong thing, but generally has a big heart and lives an unassuming life. She seemed so <i>human</i> -- like someone who might live in my neighborhood and be faced with a horrific situation.

Lisa tends to be hard on herself and to take responsibility for things that aren't her fault (in other words, she's just like lots of moms), so she's as quick to assume the blame for the girl going missing as others are to place it on her...until she starts to realize that certain pieces of the situation don't fit together.

I had the twist at the end generally figured out before I got there, but that didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book.

Mar 31, 2015

Debut novel of suspense from Brittish writer Paula Daly, about a woman - who runs an animal shelter - whose friend's daughter goes missing and blames herself for it because the daughter was supposed to stay at her house and when she didn't show up she neglected to call her friend. The woman who is the central character, suffers from self doubt and of being inadequate beside her friends resulting in her feeling guilty because of the dissapearance. She then starts to suspect not all what she sees in her friends is what is seems. Good first novel

Feb 05, 2015

I think this was a very good effort for a first time writer. Interesting story with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing. I Definitely recommend it as a summer read or to fans of suspenseful fiction.

Aug 24, 2014

At first I was shocked, then I was getting mad because they were blaming Lisa 100% and that just bugged me. Then I started to wonder about Kate... Book was ok, the ending kind of had you wonder but it was ok...

Aug 22, 2013

This British thriller started as my hero, full of tough-as-nails feminist promise. An overstressed mother in the English Lake District loses her best friend’s 13 year old daughter during a string of local disappearances, and thus we head down the dark and twisty path of modern parenthood. Just What Kind of Mother Are You? has all the right ingredients: cheating spouses, plotting frenemies, sinister fathers, secrets roiling just beneath the surface of everyday domestic life. There’s even a subplot about dog rescue. But as I tore through, I started to feel disappointed and was reminded of praise Gillian Flynn recently showered on Alafiar Burke: ”you know you’re in good hands with her, and can relax without wondering if things are going to fall apart midway through.” That thriller pixie magic didn't quite happen for me here; this is Daly’s first novel, and I think she’s still feeling her way through, sharpening her craft and learning all the tricks. Her language and insights are both sharp, and I’m looking forward to how effortlessly she’ll certainly handle the twists in her second and third books.

ehbooklover Aug 18, 2013

This book confuses me. At times I really wanted to put this one down due to some disturbing content. Yet at other times I couldn’t stop reading it. I’m still not sure how I feel about it overall. But it had a pretty good twist at the end!

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