Just What Kind Of Mother Are You?

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Just What Kind Of Mother Are You?

by Paula Daly

Doubleday Canada | May 6, 2014 | Trade Paperback

Just What Kind Of Mother Are You? is rated 3 out of 5 by 1.
A searing and sinister thriller for readers who loved Gone Girl.
     What if your best friend''s child disappears? And it is all your fault.
     This is exactly what happens to Lisa Kallisto, overwhelmed working mother of three, one freezing December. She takes her eye off the ball for just a moment and her whole world descends into the stuff of nightmares. 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. 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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8 × 5.16 × 0.84 in

Published: May 6, 2014

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385680090

ISBN - 13: 9780385680097

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great for mystery fans despite some problems I am of two minds about this book. I wanted to review it because it claimed to be for fans of Gone Girl – which I really enjoyed last year. And I think that claim rings true. But I also had a number of problems with some of the characters and I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as I had hoped. Let’s start with the mystery as it is the real strength of this novel. Lisa is a busy working mother. There’s always a million things on her mind and it feels like life never stops. I’m sure we can all relate – even if we don’t have children. But as a result of how busy she is, she ends up losing track of her friend’s child at a time when a serial rapist is on the loose. Can you imagine the guilt? I don’t know if I could cope with that. This story is filled with lots of great surprises and twists and the mystery itself is really interesting and keeps you guessing. I especially loved the short, interspersed chapters from the perspective of the kidnapper/rapist. They were so creepy and very well done. I think that Paula Daly did an excellent job alternating the points of view between Lisa and the Detective on the case, Joanne. I never got bored of one, or found myself wishing it would get back to the other. And I was definitely surprised at the end. Not at all what I was expecting! So then what was the problem? To put it simply, the female characters. Particularly Lisa and Joanne. Let’s start with Lisa. Aren’t we tired of this character? This middle class woman who “has it all” and says that she’s happy but at every turn bemoans her unlucky state regarding her house, husband, kids, job etc. She’s a woman who makes her own problems. Who seems to thrive off her own unhappiness. A well off woman who I just don’t feel any pity for. And maybe I’m not supposed to. But this character has been done to death. She’s the same character that’s popped up in a number of books I’ve read recently – Gone Girl, Shine Shine Shine, The Dinner etc. I’m tired of this character. I want to read about women who are confident (note that confidence is not the same as stuck up or boastful). Who don’t feel a sense of resentment toward Every. Single. Person. they come across. I want to read about people who are a) more complex than that and b) better than that. Because I think most women are. Joanne was a bit of a stereotype as well. Perpetually single, always working. I don’t think she was nearly as fleshed out as she could have been and as a result her character felt a bit flat. The only defining characteristic I could tell you about her is that she has a 36GG cup size. No that wasn’t a typo. There are two ‘Gs’ there. And throughout the kidnapping of this thirteen year old girl we get snippets of her wanting to have a breast reduction surgery. It felt very strange and out of place. All the other women in this book were more secondary characters – but every single one of them was described as “sad-looking”, or attention seekers, or at times a little insane. Not a single positive, or semi-positive female character in a book full of women, written by a woman. Recommendation: I think this is a fun read for mystery lovers, and the pages fly by as you get wrapped up in the story. But for me the female characters felt tired and stereotypical and I just wanted something different. This and other reviews at More Than Just Magic (http://morethanjustmagic.org)
Date published: 2013-07-18

– More About This Product –

Just What Kind Of Mother Are You?

by Paula Daly

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8 × 5.16 × 0.84 in

Published: May 6, 2014

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385680090

ISBN - 13: 9780385680097

From the Publisher

A searing and sinister thriller for readers who loved Gone Girl.
     What if your best friend''s child disappears? And it is all your fault.
     This is exactly what happens to Lisa Kallisto, overwhelmed working mother of three, one freezing December. She takes her eye off the ball for just a moment and her whole world descends into the stuff of nightmares. 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. 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.

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. Just What Kind of Mother Are You? is her first novel. Paula is currently working on her next novel, The Day Before You Came. The author lives in Cumbria, England.

Editorial Reviews

 • "Paula Daly gets the action moving on the first page. . . . This taut page-turner of a novel . . . torques every parent''s nightmare. . . . Daly has a gift for realistic, snappy dialogue, She shifts the action between a series of well-drawn female protagonists" --Maclean''s
 • "With crackling 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." --Daily Mail (UK)
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