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Just What Kind of Mother Are You?

by Paula Daly

Just What Kind of Mother Are You? by Paula Daly
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  • Published in USA  Sep 2013
    256 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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Lisa Kallisto, overwhelmed working mother, is the not-so-perfect model of the modern woman. She holds down a busy job running an animal shelter, she cares for three demanding children, and she worries that her marriage isn't getting enough attention. During an impossibly hectic week, Lisa takes her eye off the ball for a moment and her world descends into a living nightmare. Not only is her best friend's thirteen-year-old daughter missing, but it's Lisa's fault. To make matters worse, Lucinda is the second teenage girl to disappear within the past two weeks. The first one turned up stripped bare and abandoned on the main street after a horrible ordeal. Wracked with guilt over her mistake, and after having been publicly blamed by Lucinda's family, Lisa sets out to right the wrong. As she begins digging under the surface, Lisa learns that everything is not quite what it first appears to be.

In Paula Daly's heart-stopping debut novel, motherhood, marriage, and friendship are tested when a string of abductions tear through a small-town community. Gripping and fast-paced, Just What Kind of Mother Are You? introduces an outstanding new thriller writer with a terrifying imagination for the horrors that lurk in everyday lives.

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"Starred Review. A distinctive voice, masterful plotting, and pitch-perfect characterizations...In the end, the novel is not just an intriguing puzzle but also a nuanced exploration of friendship, motherhood, fallibility, and the mystery of human relationships." - Publishers Weekly

"The characters and motivations lack balance, but the storytelling and Daly's voice are top-drawer." - Kirkus

"Starred Review. This intriguing blend of suspense tale and domestic drama, which has a number of delicious plot twists, will keep readers riveted... there is also much insight here into the power games that rule both female friendships and the relationships between husbands and wives. First-rate fiction from an outstanding new thriller writer." - Booklist

"Paula Daly's strong debut...is fiendishly addictive as well as perceptive about guilt and social class." - Guardian (UK)

"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, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Touch & Go and Catch Me

"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, New York Times bestselling author of Last to Die

"A crackling good read, Just What Kind of Mother Are You? is a remarkable domestic thriller debut. Fueled by every parent's worst nightmare, Paula Daly takes you for an intense, gritty and heartbreaking roller-coaster ride. A writer to watch." - Julia Spencer-Fleming, New York Times bestselling author of One Was A Soldier

"Just What Kind of Mother Are You? is an intricate, absolutely absorbing account of a series of chilling events that once unleashed will keep the reader riveted to the pages. A grave reminder of the heavy responsibility of being a mother, a wife, a friend. Hypnotic and harrowing right up to the pulse-pounding end. Unforgettable." - Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of The Weight of Silence and These Things Hidden

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Diane Scholl

What Kind of Mother are you
So many of us are overloaded, trying to get to our jobs, taking care of the house, husband, children and pets, just trying to make it through the day. It is so easy to identify with the character of Lisa, a woman trying to do it all and who occasionally slips up. In her case it causes a terrible incident, that she is blamed for not only by herself but by others in the town. I could really see this happening and so this novel seemed very realistic.

There are a few twists and turns that I didn't see coming. This was good, quickly paced suspense novel with an interesting plot and very fascinating characters.

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Paula Daly lives in Cumbria County in North West England with her husband, three children, and whippet Skippy. She is a freelance physiotherapist. Just What Kind of Mother Are You? is her debut novel.

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