Sunday, 26 May 2013
Just What kind of Mother Are You?
By Paula Daly
Summery courtesy of goodreads.com
A searing and sinister thriller for readers who liked Gone Girl.
What if your best friend's child disappears? And it was all your fault.
A searing and sinister thriller for readers who liked Gone Girl.What if your best friend's child disappears? And it was all your fault. This is exactly what happens to Lisa Kallisto, overwhelmed working mother of three, one freezing December in the English Lake District.
She takes her eye off the ball for just a moment and her whole world descends into the stuff of nightmares. Because, not only is thirteen-year-old Lucinda missing, and not only is it all Lisa's fault, but she's the second teenage girl to disappear within this small tightknit community over two weeks. The first girl turned up stripped bare, dumped on a busy high street, after suffering from a terrifying ordeal.
Wracked with guilt over her mistake and after being publicly blamed by Lucinda's family, Lisa sets out to right the wrong. But as she begins peeling away the layers surrounding Lucinda's disappearance, Lisa learns that the small, posh, quiet town she lives in isn't what she thought it was, and her friends may not be who they appear, either.
I was very pleasantly surprised that Just What Kind of a Mother Are You? it was not your normal run of the mill thriller. This contemporary fiction explores the tempestuous relationship between a mother and her daughter and throws in a measure of suspense.
Lisa is an exhausted mother of three. One day she takes her eye off the ball and completely forgets that her 13 year old daughter's friend was supposed to sleep over. That is until she finds out the girl has gone missing. Worse is the knowledge that it happened on her watch, shes living every parents worst nightmare, and shes responsible. To make things worse, there is a rapist on the loose who is targeting young girls.
Lisa as the main character is empathic and interesting. Her job running a dog re-homing charity is one which is already a full-time occupation that stretches past her contracted hours. Lisa's typical day will ring bells with many women who are trying to find the elusive work/home balance.
This book had a similar feel to Gone Girl, in that I couldn't put it down, it was an epic story that would make a great movie. it was a real page turner that had me hooked with its snappy dialogue and suspense