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‘Just What Kind of Mother Are You?’ by Paula Daly


I received a proof of ‘Just What Kind of Mother Are You?’ from Alison Barrow at Transworld Publishers.  This is Paula Daly’s debut novel and it is being published by Bantam Press on the 25th April 2013.

‘Just What Kind of Mother Are You?’ is set in the Lake District in Cumbria.  A psychological thriller, this story is every mother’s nightmare.

It’s a freezing cold Tuesday morning and Christmas is fast approaching.  Lisa Kallisto wakes up feeling even more tired than when she went to bed.  Her life is so busy what with having three children and three pet dogs, plus working in an animal rescue centre.  It’s a wonder that she can cope!  So when her best friend’s 13-year-old daughter, Lucinda, goes missing Lisa feels that it’s all her fault especially as she was meant to be staying over the previous night after school.

Lucinda is the second girl to have disappeared in the last fortnight.  The first one was found on a busy high street in a bad way after having been raped.  But will Lucinda be found?  Will she be let go?  Because if she isn’t, Lisa knows she will never be able to forgive herself.  As the search for Lucinda takes place Lisa is in for a big shock as she discovers that people are not always who they seem.  It’s a classic case of not knowing what goes on behind closed doors.

This novel was absolutely brilliant and I wouldn’t be surprised if it becomes a bestseller.  Gripping right from the start it just got better and better.  There were so many revelations and I really didn’t expect it to end the way it did.  The author has really got into her characters minds and explored the different emotions.  I also like the way the subject of unwanted or abandoned cats and dogs was included in the story especially as it’s something that sadly happens all the time.

Whilst reading this story I could picture it being made into a two-part thriller for TV.  I truly hope that one day this happens.

Paula Daly is the new voice in thriller writing.  ‘Just What Kind of Mother Are You?’ is one of my favourite books of the year so far.  I already can’t wait for the next one to come out.  Well done, Paula.

I give this book 5 out of 5.


‘Instructions for a Heatwave’ by Maggie O’Farrell

Instructions for a Heatwave

I was very kindly sent an advance review copy of ‘Instructions for a Heatwave’ by Georgina Moore from Headline Book Publishing.  This is the first book I’ve read by Maggie O’Farrell so it was yet another new and welcome experience for me.  ‘Instructions for a Heatwave’ was published by Tinder Press on 28th February 2013 in hardback and as an ebook.

They say strange weather brings out strange behaviour.  Well, in July 1976 this is exactly what happened.  The story starts off in Highbury, London.  Britain as a whole is in the middle of a heatwave and a severe drought warning is in force.  It hasn’t rained at all for months!  In the first chapter we learn about Robert Riordan and his wife, Gretta.  Robert goes out early in the morning as he usually does to buy a newspaper.  However, this time he fails to return home.

Once Gretta realises that her husband has gone missing she gets in touch with their three adult children.  Michael Francis whose marriage is in trouble and his two estranged sisters Monica and Aoife all come together to help search for their father.  But will they find him?  Does he even want to be found?

This was an enjoyable read, though I personally thought it was a little bit slow at times.  Maggie O’Farrell writes beautifully and has really portrayed her characters well to the point where you feel you know them for real.  When I first started reading this book I thought it would purely be about searching for Robert, but it’s not.  It’s about his family and their lives as well.

I give this book 4 out of 5.

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