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.