Just What Kind Of Mother Are You?

Paperback | May 6, 2014

byPaula Daly

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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.

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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 mi...

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.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.16 × 0.87 inPublished:May 6, 2014Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from I've already forgotten it, though I liked it This was a good read. Not great, but not absolutely horrible. I really didn't see the end coming at all, so that's always a good thing. I really liked Joanne, the police officer assigned to the case of the missing girls. She was probably the most interesting character in the book and I hope the author writes a book with her as the main character. The ending seemed to happen rather quickly, everything neatly tied up.
Date published: 2015-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent The alternating viewpoints were an excellent strategy for keeping this reader hooked. I had trouble putting this book down.
Date published: 2014-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Just what kind of mother are you? Good book. Leaves u thinking of what u don't know about people in your life,
Date published: 2014-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what kind of mother are you? I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Paula Daly does a fantastic job of allowing her readers to see one horrific event through the eyes of a variety of characters, each of whose lives have been impacted in very different ways. The story had me thinking I had it figured out early on but with each new twist it became clear how complex the plot really was.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just What Kind of Mother are You? Excellent novel! And it's her first book! I expect there are a lot of women who can relate to this story - doing too much, trying to keep everyone happy and moving forward, volunteering, working and being the best wife and Mother one can be! Whew, take it a little slower ladies.
Date published: 2014-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Just What Kind of Mother are You? Strong characters and good story, I enjoyed this book
Date published: 2014-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what kind of mother are you? Excellent and I couldn't put it down. We've all been there, too busy to think straight and forgetting something important from our to-do list. Very interesting story and believable characters.
Date published: 2013-10-21
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