Just What Kind of Mother Are You?

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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By Catherine (Cork, 07, Ireland) · ★★★★☆ · May 11, 2013
The best kinds of thrillers, in my humble opinion, are the ones where when you come to recommend them to others, you don't want to say much except 'You should read this' because the thrill is in the twist, and you don't want to give anything away.

This is my review: I sat down with this book at 5... ...more
By Ruth (Sydney, 02, Australia) · ★★☆☆☆ · August 24, 2014
The only good thing I have to say about this book is that it's a quick, easy read.

I didn't like any of the characters. The story dragged at times. There were a lot of side issues that really had nothing to do with the story. And the whodunit was tossed in at the end like an after thought.

By Sharon (London, H9, The United Kingdom) · ★★★★☆ · March 24, 2013
‘Sorry, Lisa,’ he said, ‘but this thing you’re suffering from. It’s just life.’

Lisa and Joe are an entirely normal couple living in the Lake District: overly-busy, continually struggling for money, inevitably, and tragically, juggling. At least Lisa is. She has three children, a full time job an... ...more
By Maxine (Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1, The United Kingdom) · ★★★☆☆ · October 08, 2014
I nearly gave this 4 stars but I found the ending a bit weak, like the author was tired so just had to wrap it up quickly. So it's 3.5 star book for me.

Aside from that it's a good, easy to read book, I read it in a few hours travelling in a coach across England.

Young girls are going missing, one... ...more
By Avi (The United Kingdom) · ★★★★★ · March 17, 2014
This book had me totally engrossed from the beginning, I wanted to know what happened next so I was reading it whenever I had a spare moment. I really enjoy this authors style of writing. I can't wait for her to bring out another book! :) ...more
By David · ★★★☆☆ · September 19, 2014
This should have been a four star read, it’s a good story and the writing style is great for the most part, so why the three?

For one I didn’t really engage with the characters, finding them somewhat boring. Was that enough to downgrade to three? No!

I found it too easy to put down, and only picked... ...more
By Susan (Halifax, NS, Canada) · ★★★★★ · October 06, 2013
This book was recommended to me by a close friend--a true kindred spirit. Normally I'm not a mystery reader but looking for something different I was curious to what this read was about, I was not disappointed! My main complaint with this book is that it hooked me to read just one more page, then... ...more
By Deborah (South Lakes/ Lancaster, LA5, The United Kingdom) · ★★★★★ · March 11, 2013
I was on Twitter last week and I got a message from Alison Barrow at Transworld publishers asking if I'd like to read a debut novel set in the Lake District. Like most writers I have several jobs and a work-in-progress waiting, and I find I have to carve out time to read books I want to read, let... ...more
By Jennifer (Manchester, The United Kingdom) · ★★★★★ · May 04, 2013
Lisa Kallisto is a frazzled mum of three, struggling to juggle parenthood with a demanding full time job running the local animal shelter. She’s so tired and stressed that she forgets her daughter’s best friend is supposed to be staying over for the night to work on a school project. Thirteen yea... ...more