- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Bantam Press (25 April 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0593071697
- ISBN-13: 978-0593071694
- Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 2.8 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 498 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 877,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Just What Kind of Mother Are You? Hardcover – 25 Apr 2013
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"Scarily believable" (Essentials)
"With cracking dialogue, compelling characters and a page-turning plot about every mother's worst nightmare - the abduction of a teenage daughter - this is a truly promising debut by Daly. She writes with a singular voice and a fierce passion that roars off the page, while also displaying a visceral understanding of the betrayals and humiliations of domestic life ... With a sharp, double-twist ending, it announces Daly as a potential star, and one with the courage to take risks" (Geoffrey Wansell Daily Mail)
"In Paula Daly's strong debut, the lost-child horrorshow Just What Kind of Mother Are You?, the child is, in a neat, needling twist, that of Lisa's posh best friend rather than her own. Lisa is exhausted trying to balance motherhood and work, so forgets that Lucinda is coming to stay on the night she goes missing... The result is fiendishly addictive as well as perceptive about guilt and social class" (Guardian)
"Just What Kind of Mother Are You? is the very definition of a page-turner - the sort of book that causes you to lose half a day without even noticing. Savour every page, because this will probably be your book of the year. With characters so real they can't possibly be made up, it's a brilliant, thrilling story of friendship, families and the sort of terrifying betrayal that can only happen to those closest to us" (Elizabeth Haynes, author of Into the Darkest Corner)
"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)
What could be worse than a child going missing? When it's your best friend's child. And it was on your watch... An emotionally fraught psychological thriller and a shrewd examination of family life - and the evil that can lie beneath.See all Product description
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The story unfolded leaving me unable to sleep, clueless about the identity of the 'wrong en' . I blamed and suspected every character other than Lisa, as some point during the book. I feel like I have been on an emotional roller coaster, that I couldn't get off for fear of missing Lisa and Joe.
Those who appear to have everything, seemingly have nothing; those appearing to have nothing, have everything you could wish for.
A truly spine chilling, held onto my kindle so tight I had white knuckles, kind of read. I'm missing this book already.
It kept you guessing right till the end and you didn't know which way it would go. Felt it was a little rushed at the end as I would have liked to have read a bit more about the kidnapper and the two girls but nevertheless this was a fantastic story and had me gripped right to the end.
It was good to read about Lisa's work too in caring for animals and how hard she worked and also an insight into the life of DC Joanne Aspinall, although not quite sure why her wanting a breast reduction was ever mentioned.
Was also good to read a book without any typos and bad grammar.
Highly recommended and can't wait for the next.
I found the heroine, Lisa, very endearing; a mother doing her best to raise her kids with a busy job and a limited income and constantly comparing herself unfavourably with her wealthier, stay at home friend. Her husband Joe was so down to earth and supportive. The relationship between Joe and Lisa was very finely written. The plotting was good and kept me guessing.
This is the third book by Paula Daly I have read and my favourite by quite a margin. Paula Daly knows the area so well, and what it is like to live permanently in a small community whose population is distorted by the influx of tourists.
I have read them in reverse order to when they were written which doesn't affect the thrillers in any way as they are complete in themselves, just that the detective is the same in all 3 and a sergeant in Book 3 while a constable in this one.
Very well written and edited. Some fresh turns of phrases used here. If you were interested in the Karen Matthews story you will enjoy this!
I really enjoyed it and will certainly buy another by the author. She has great powers of observation, especially about rural areas and living in them. I liked the dogs being featured, especially Bluey, although at times I was quite sniffy reading about him.
Now what I wasn't keen on-bloody American spelling in a book by a Brit set over here. Annoying in the extreme-all realized/recognized/antagonize...........sighing.........I wondered at her use of the word discerning at one point, too. It didn't seem like the right word somehow, nor did this wording-"I was making her frightened"..I did spot an apostrophe misplaced but only the one which is pretty darned good these days. Another irritation was the spacing in dis appearance. Not sure what that's all about.
One I'd recommend, however, and I really liked it.
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