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"A real page turner…"
I really enjoyed this book as it was such a page turner. I like the whole idea of how parents judge others. And how just because someone lives in a better part of town in a bigger house you think their life is better and its something to aspire to.
It kept you guessing about what happened to the missing girls and some bits were a bit hard to read. Overall it was a great read but not sure about the ending. Thanks Mumsnet for another great book giveaway!Read moreLess
"Fantastic debut - dark and twisty!!…"
It is every parent's worst nightmare to imagine their child going missing. But what if your friend's child went missing, while you were supposed to be watching her? This horrifying premise is the basis for this debut novel by Paula Daly.
Lisa Kallisto loves her family. She's pulled a hundred different ways by her kids and her own job working in an animal shelter, and she's exhausted. She blames herself entirely when her daughter's friend Lucinda goes missing when she's meant to be at their house having a sleepover. How will Lucinda's parents treat her? Can she do anything? Was it her fault?
Lisa is an empathetic character. You feel for her, can see how it happened. Her efforts to face up to her perceived guilt are brave, she and her husband a likeable couple. It's a tense story. Not only do we follow Lisa, but the police investigation through the female detective in charge, and we see insights into the mind of the abducter of the girls. The tension mounts as we hope Lucinda is going to survive and be brought back home.
On top of this plot though, are other secrets that are gradually revealed, with twists and revelations right up until the last few pages. Hard to put down, it feels very real and threatening.
Not a light summer read, but it's quick and thrilling, twisty and captivating.Read moreLess
"Highly Enjoyable Page Turner…"
Lisa is a busy and stressed. She has three kids, a husband who works nights, and a job she needs to keep. Things keep getting on top of her and she feels like she can’t do anything right. Unlike well off, stay-at-home mum, Kate.
Lisa and Kate are friends through their 13 year old daughters and Lisa can’t help comparing herself. She always comes out worse. They can’t get much worse when Lisa forgets to tell Kate that Lucinda can’t do a sleepover because her daughter is ill. And then Lucinda goes missing.
At 13, the police might normally consider Lucinda a runaway. Only Lucinda isn’t that type of girl. She is a little timid, well behaved, young for her age. Just like the last girl that went missing a week or so before, and the one that goes missing a few days later. While the police begin the hunt for Lucinda, guilt pushes Lisa to do the same. This being a thriller, it is probably no surprise that Lisa finds out Kate’s life isn’t quite as perfect as it seems.
Just What Kind of Mother are You? is the debut novel by Paula Daly and a very good one. I found myself hooked from the start. The story takes place over three days and moves at a good pace. It is well written with enough mis-direction to keep me interested. Set in the Lake District in winter, I felt cold and claustrophobic reading it.
Saying, that, it isn’t perfect. The characters are a little cookie cutter. Not only is Kate rich, for example, but beautiful and thin. There is reference to Lisa being beautiful too but she is not filled out enough from other people’s descriptions to know for sure. The ending itself also seems a little rushed and unrealistic. The positives, however, far outweigh the negatives and I would say well worth a read.Read moreLess
1 person found this review helpful.
The story is set in the Lake District. Lucinda had ment to of stayed the night at Lisa's house with her daughter Sally.Lucinda has gone missing,she went to school but disappeared after school and has not been seen since. We follow the police line of investigation.who is withholding secrets from the police.Read moreLess
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"Good holiday read…"
I received this as a mumsnet giveaway, thank you very much!
I took the book on holiday and zipped through it - it is light and page-turny and ideal for a beach. The subject matter is thought-provoking: what if you were supposed to be looking after a friend's daughter when she went missing? I enjoyed the characters, in particular Joanne, the detective, who I would happily read more books about. However, the plot's twists and turns were either predictable or utterly unbelievable, and there were some annoying loose ends left.Read moreLess
"Good quick read, fast moving story…"
I was lucky enough to be sent a copy of this book from the publisher via Mumsnet.
Lisa is supposed to be taking care of her friend Kate's daughter but completely forgets the arrangement and now Lucinda is missing. And she's not the first girl to have been taken from their village.
I found it very easy to warm to Lisa and to Joanne, the detective leading the investigation into Lucinda's disappearance. I hope there will be more books with Joanne investigating because I liked her very much.
The book was very easy to read, I was surprised at how quickly I was progressing through it, and I didn't want to put it down. I did guess a couple of the plot points but it didn't spoil the rest of the book, just made me keen to keep reading and find out if I was right.Read moreLess