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Just What Kind of Mother are You? by Paula Daly
  

Just What Kind of Mother are You?

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In italics we are given the observations of our abductor/rapist as he plans his crimes and watches young girls. All very menacing. Then comes the voice of Lisa, a tired mother of three with a taxi driver husband. A third narrative gives us DC Joanne Aspinall on the case of a missing girl, the second to disappear. The first had turned up drugged and raped but alive. The second lost child was supposedly on a sleepover with Lisa’s daughter … or was it vice versa? So we get a wonderfully convoluted plot with feelings of class inferiority, Munchausen Syndrome and infidelity beautifully muddying the waters of a complicated investigation. Well written with nice everyday touches, a smattering of wit, clues and cliff-hangers, it’s riveting stuff, highly recommended.

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Synopsis

Just What Kind of Mother are You? by Paula Daly

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.


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Reviews

'With cracking dialogue, compelling characters and a page-turning plot about every mother's worst nightmare - the abduction of a teenage daughter - this is a truly promising debut by Daly. She writes with a singular voice and a fierce passion that roars off the page, while also displaying a visceral understanding of the betrayals and humiliations of domestic life ... With a sharp, double-twist ending, it announces Daly as a potential star, and one with the courage to take risks' -- Geoffrey Wansell Daily Mail

'In Paula Daly's strong debut, the lost-child horrorshow Just What Kind of Mother Are You?, the child is, in a neat, needling twist, that of Lisa's posh best friend rather than her own. Lisa is exhausted trying to balance motherhood and work, so forgets that Lucinda is coming to stay on the night she goes missing... The result is fiendishly addictive as well as perceptive about guilt and social class' - Guardian

'Just What Kind of Mother Are You? is the very definition of a page-turner - the sort of book that causes you to lose half a day without even noticing. Savour every page, because this will probably be your book of the year. With characters so real they can't possibly be made up, it's a brilliant, thrilling story of friendship, families and the sort of terrifying betrayal that can only happen to those closest to us' -- Elizabeth Haynes, author of Into the Darkest Corner

'One of the most hypnotically gripping books I've read in a long, long time. Masterfully written and utterly unputdownable, this thriller will surprise and astound you with every ingenious twist and turn' -- Tess Gerritsen

'Riveting! Daly plunges straight into the heart of every parent's worst nightmare with page turning results. You know this family. You may even be one of these moms. And you will fly through this novel, as their pain, bewilderment, and ultimately determination becomes your own' -- Lisa Gardner

About the Author

Paula Daly

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.

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Publication date

13th March 2014

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Paula Daly

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Publisher

Corgi Books an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd

Format

Paperback
384 pages

Categories

Family Drama
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Crime & mystery

ISBN

9780552169196

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