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Paula Daly - Author

About the Author

Paula Daly lives in Cumbria with her husband, three children and whippet Skippy. She is a freelance physiotherapist and lived for a short while in France, but returned to the UK after missing the hustle and bustle.

Featured books by Paula Daly

Keep Your Friends Close

Keep Your Friends Close

Author: Paula Daly Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/05/2015

Fiendishly addictive . (Guardian). Your best friend isn't who you think she is. You've been friends since university, when you became the people you are today. You don't see each other enough but when you do it's as if you've never been apart. She's one of the family. You would trust her with your life, your children, your husband. And when your daughter is rushed to hospital, you're grateful that she's stepping in at home, looking after things. But your best friend isn't who you think she is. You're about to find out just how wrong you were.

Just What Kind of Mother are You?

Just What Kind of Mother are You?

Author: Paula Daly Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/03/2014

What if your best friend's child disappears? And it's all your fault. This is exactly what happens to Lisa Kallisto - overwhelmed working mother of three - one freezing December in the Lake District. She takes her eye off the ball for just a moment and her whole world descends into nightmare. Her best friend's thirteen-year-old daughter Lucinda has gone missing and now, devastated by this and publicly blamed, Lisa sets out to right the wrong. But as she begins peeling away the layers surrounding Lucinda's disappearance, Lisa learns that the quiet town she lives in isn't what she thought it was, and her friends might not be who they appear to be, either.

Keep Your Friends Close

Keep Your Friends Close

Author: Paula Daly Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/03/2014

Natty and Sean Wainwright are happily married. Rock solid in fact. So when Natty's oldest friend, Eve Dalladay, appears - just as their daughter collapses on a school trip in France - Natty has no qualms about leaving Eve with Sean to help out at home. Two weeks later and Natty finds Eve has slotted into family life too well. Natty's husband has fallen in love with Eve. He's sorry, he tells her, but their marriage is over. With no option but to put a brave face on things for the sake of the children, Natty embarks on building a new life for herself. And then she receives the note. Eve has done this before, more than once, and with fatal consequences...

Other books by Paula Daly

Open Your Eyes

Open Your Eyes

Author: Paula Daly Format: eBook Release Date: 26/07/2018

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Open Your Eyes by Paula Daly, read by Julie Maisey.Haven't we all wanted to pretend everything is fine?Jane doesn't like confrontation. Given the choice, she'll let her husband, Leon, fight their battles. She'd prefer to focus on what's going well, the good things in life.But when bestselling crime author Leon is brutally attacked in the driveway of their home, in front of their two young children, Jane has to face reality. With her husband in a coma, Jane must open her eyes to the problems in her life, and the secrets that have been kept from her, if she's to find out who hurt her husband - and why.Maybe it's time to face up to it all. Who knows what you might find . . .PRAISE FOR PAULA DALY:'The UK's answer to Liane Moriarty. Amazing.' Claire McGowan 'Thoroughly enjoyable - a big-hearted, empathetic novel about ordinary lives and the tremors that can rock them.' Guardian 'Kept me guessing right until the end. I devoured it.' Claire Douglas 'Deliciously dark and addictive. I defy anyone starts it not to race through the pages until they reach the final, brilliant twist.' Colette McBeth 'She writes with a singular voice and a fierce passion that roars off the page.' Daily Mail

Open Your Eyes

Open Your Eyes

Author: Paula Daly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/07/2018

'An electrifying plot that keeps you guessing to the last' Fiona Barton 'Yet another gripping, heartbreaking read from a brilliant writer' Jill Mansell 'Thrilling, compelling, clever and hugely entertaining. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough' C L Taylor ********* Haven't we all wanted to pretend everything is fine? Jane doesn't like confrontation. Given the choice, she'd prefer to focus on what's going well, the good things in life. But when her husband, Leon, is brutally attacked in the driveway of their home, in front of their two young children, Jane has to face reality. As he lies in a coma, Jane must open her eyes to the problems in her life, and the secrets that have been kept from her, if she's to find out who hurt her husband - and why. Maybe it's time to face up to it all. Who knows what you might find . . . ********* PRAISE FOR PAULA DALY: `The UK's answer to Liane Moriarty. Amazing.' Claire McGowan `Thoroughly enjoyable - a big-hearted, empathetic novel about ordinary lives and the tremors that can rock them.' Guardian `Kept me guessing right until the end. I devoured it.' Claire Douglas `Deliciously dark and addictive. I defy anyone starts it not to race through the pages until they reach the final, brilliant twist.' Colette McBeth `She writes with a singular voice and a fierce passion that roars off the page.' Daily Mail

The Trophy Child

The Trophy Child

Author: Paula Daly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/05/2017

'Kept me guessing right until the end. I devoured it.' Claire Douglas, author of LOCAL GIRL MISSING 'A terrific page turner' Guardian ********* A doting mother or a pushy parent? Karen Bloom expects perfection. Her son, Ewan, has been something of a disappointment and she won't be making the same mistake again with her beloved, talented child, Bronte. Bronte's every waking hour will be spent at music lessons and dance classes, doing extra schoolwork and whatever it takes to excel. But as Karen pushes Bronte to the brink, the rest of the family crumbles. Karen's husband, Noel, is losing himself in work, and his teenage daughter from his first marriage, Verity, is becoming ever more volatile. The family is dangerously near breaking point. Karen would know when to stop . . . wouldn't she? ********* 'Another fantastic twisty-turny novel by one of my favourite authors. I am always enthralled by her books and this is her best yet' Jill Mansell 'The UK's answer to Liane Moriarty. Amazing' Claire McGowan 'Sheer perfection. The Trophy Child is gripping, darkly funny and bound to induce spasms of guilt in even the least pushy parent. I can't remember the last time I was so enthralled. I want to stand on a mountain top and tell everyone to read this brilliant novel' Mark Edwards

The Mistake I Made

The Mistake I Made

Author: Paula Daly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/03/2016

If you slept with a stranger for money, who'd really end up paying? 'A page-turning thriller with heart' Renee Knight, author of Disclaimer We all think we know who we are. What we're capable of. Roz is a single mother, a physiotherapist, a sister, a friend. She's also desperate. Her business has gone under, she's crippled by debt and she's just had to explain to her son why someone's taken all their furniture away. But now a stranger has made her an offer. For one night with her, he'll pay enough to bring her back from the edge. Roz has a choice to make. 'A big-hearted, empathetic novel about ordinary lives and the tremors that can rock them' Guardian

Keep Your Friends Close

Keep Your Friends Close

Author: Paula Daly Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/05/2015

Fiendishly addictive . (Guardian). Your best friend isn't who you think she is. You've been friends since university, when you became the people you are today. You don't see each other enough but when you do it's as if you've never been apart. She's one of the family. You would trust her with your life, your children, your husband. And when your daughter is rushed to hospital, you're grateful that she's stepping in at home, looking after things. But your best friend isn't who you think she is. You're about to find out just how wrong you were.

No Remorse (Short Story)

No Remorse (Short Story)

Author: Paula Daly Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2014

A SHORT STORY FROM THE AUTHOR OF JUST WHAT KIND OF MOTHER ARE YOU?Catherine has returned to the sleepy Lake District town of Windermere, after ten years away. Once successful and wealthy, she's shunned by her old friends and desperate for work. But there's someone that's keeping her here . . . and something that she's got to do before she leaves for ever . . .

No Remorse (Short Story)

No Remorse (Short Story)

Author: Paula Daly Format: eBook Release Date: 13/03/2014

A SHORT STORY FROM THE AUTHOR OF JUST WHAT KIND OF MOTHER ARE YOU?What would you risk for the one you love?Catherine has returned to the sleepy Lake District town of Windermere, after ten years away. Once successful and wealthy, she s shunned by her old friends and desperate for work. But there s someone that s keeping her here . . . and something that she s got to do before she leaves for ever . . .PRAISE FOR PAULA DALY S BOOKS Fiendishly addictive ' Guardian She writes with a singular voice and a fierce passion that roars off the page Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail The very definition of a page-turner Elizabeth Haynes Masterfully written and utterly unputdownable' Tess Gerritsen Riveting! Lisa Gardner Assured and nail-biting Cath Staincliffe I didn't see the end coming until the moment it appeared Julia Crouch

Just What Kind of Mother are You?

Just What Kind of Mother are You?

Author: Paula Daly Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/03/2014

What if your best friend's child disappears? And it's all your fault. This is exactly what happens to Lisa Kallisto - overwhelmed working mother of three - one freezing December in the Lake District. She takes her eye off the ball for just a moment and her whole world descends into nightmare. Her best friend's thirteen-year-old daughter Lucinda has gone missing and now, devastated by this and publicly blamed, Lisa sets out to right the wrong. But as she begins peeling away the layers surrounding Lucinda's disappearance, Lisa learns that the quiet town she lives in isn't what she thought it was, and her friends might not be who they appear to be, either.