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Paula Daly Competition

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Paula Daly has so far had two books published, both of which I loved.  I reviewed ‘Just What Kind of Mother Are You?’ a few days before it came out in hardback in 2013.  You can read what I thought of it here:-

https://aloverofbooks.wordpress.com/2013/04/21/jwkomay/

 

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Last year I took part in a blog tour for ‘Keep Your Friends Close’ in which I reviewed the book:-

https://aloverofbooks.wordpress.com/2014/03/20/kyfc-blogtour/

 

Competition

The lovely Paula Daly has offered signed paperback copies of her books.  2 lucky people will each win a copy of both ‘Just What Kind of Mother Are You?’ and ‘Keep Your Friends Close’.

To enter all you have do is leave a comment telling me about one of your favourite books.

 

Terms and Conditions

The competition is open worldwide.

The closing date for this competition is 11:59 p.m. on the 2nd May 2015.

The lucky winners will be notified within 7 days of the closing date and their details will be passed on to Paula Daly who will send your prizes out.

 

Good luck! 🙂

Blog Tour – ‘Keep Your Friends Close’ by Paula Daly + Competition

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Last year I reviewed Paula Daly’s debut novel, ‘Just What Kind of Mother Are You?’  You can read what I thought about it here:-

https://aloverofbooks.wordpress.com/2013/04/21/jwkomay/

Since then I have been waiting patiently for Paula’s next book to come out and was thrilled when I found out it was being released soon.  As part of this blog tour I was asked to review ‘Keep Your Friends Close’.

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‘Keep Your Friends Close’ was published by Bantam Press on the 13th March 2014.  I was sent an advance reading copy from Alison Barrow at Transworld Publishers.

Natty and Sean Wainwright have a good marriage, two lovely teenage daughters and a successful business running a hotel in Windermere.  Everyday life might be that little bit mundane at times but in general things are okay.

Felicity, the youngest of the two daughters has gone on a school trip to France.  Natty’s oldest friend, Eve who has been living in America for the past few years decides to come and visit.  Whilst they are sitting together catching up on things Natty receives a telephone call.  Felicity has been taken seriously ill and is in hospital.  Natty travels to France alone safe in the knowledge that Eve is there to help Sean out.

When Natty returns home with Felicity two weeks later she doesn’t expect the welcome back she receives.  Sean informs her that he has fallen in love with Eve and that their marriage is over.  Natty is naturally left feeling devastated and angry but she knows she has to put on a brave face for the children.

This novel asks a very important question: What would you do if your best friend stole your life?  I don’t think it’s one many of us would be able to answer somehow.  It’s just unthinkable!

From start to finish I found ‘Keep Your Friends Close’ very hard to put down.  It was just so gripping.  There were lots of twists and turns, plus some real shockers.  Paula Daly has proved once again that she can write a great psychological thriller.  She really does have a knack of getting right into her characters minds.

Beautifully written with lovely descriptions of the Lake District, for me ‘Keep Your Friends Close’ is another winner.

I give this book 5 out of 5.

 

I am giving away 2 copies of ‘Keep Your Friends Close’.  To enter leave a comment telling me why you want to win this book.

Terms and Conditions

This competition is open to UK residents only.

The closing date is 11:59 p.m. on the 6th April 2014.

Winners will be notified within 7 days and their details will be passed on to the publisher who will send out the prizes.

Good luck! 🙂

 

Visit www.claremackintosh.com tomorrow for the next part of this blog tour.

 

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

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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.

 

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