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Just What Kind of Mother are You? | [Paula Daly]

Just What Kind of Mother are You?

Lisa Kallisto is the not-so-perfect model of the modern woman. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

Lisa Kallisto is the not-so-perfect model of the modern woman. 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.

©2013 Paula Daly (P)2013 Dreamscape Media, LLC

What the Critics Say

Starred review. "...this intriguing blend of suspense tale and domestic drama, which has a number of delicious plot twists, will keep readers riveted." (Booklist)

Starred review. "A distinctive voice, masterful plotting, and pitch-perfect characterizations mark British author Daly's superb debut." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Delah 02-23-14
    Delah 02-23-14 Member Since 2011

    Which came first... the books or the glasses?

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    "Really Really Good"

    This author didn't over do it by overwriting. This book was just right. Narration could not be better. This is in the category of psychological suspense, my favorite. I highly recommend.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Val 10-07-13
    Val 10-07-13 Member Since 2008

    Mystery & Suspense

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    "Could this have been me?"
    If you could sum up Just What Kind of Mother are You? in three words, what would they be?

    The three words I would use to describe this book are;
    1. -thought provoking ( counting this as one :-)
    2. -interesting
    3. -drawn out ( in the beginning)


    If you could rename Just What Kind of Mother are You?, what would you call it?

    The title is perfect! It's eye catching, true to the story. Over all just a great name that reflects every parent that self evaluates and observes others, at one time or another, in whIch I think most of us do.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a good book and worth the credit. The english accent was not too pronounced and did not interfere with comprehension. It's about a few families and the ups and downs we all experience. One mothers, that is really hard on herself, realizes that some peoples/family go through a great deal to hide their secrets and how deceptive appearances can be.
    Most of those "perfect" people/families by appearance are a facade. Sometime their issues use others that are not so savvy in the game to keep it all glued to together. In some cases that glue doesn't stick as well as expected and may expose deep, hidden, embarrassing, ugly information that would turn their families inside out. While it opens the eyes of naïve family's/people that try to "keep up with the Jones's" in a financial organizational and domestic way. I found it difficult to put down.

    The Villain was a surprise but there weren't many characters to choose from to keep you guessing. I think, if it it were a little more suspenseful, and didn't drag on in the beginning, I would have given it 5 stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tamica Tucson, AZ, United States 10-05-13
    Tamica Tucson, AZ, United States 10-05-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Excellent performance"
    What did you love best about Just What Kind of Mother are You??

    I liked the performance the best. The narrator was absolutely amazing.


    What other book might you compare Just What Kind of Mother are You? to and why?

    I don't really know. It was something of a thriller, a little predictable but still a really good story. Funny in places, touching in others.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. It was really engaging and because of the narrator I felt like I was listening to a movie. Very good job.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robyn Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC, Canada 03-29-14
    Robyn Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC, Canada 03-29-14 Member Since 2013
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    "TERRIBLE!"
    What disappointed you about Just What Kind of Mother are You??

    The reading was terrible & the story line was even worse.


    Has Just What Kind of Mother are You? turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Hopefully not!


    How could the performance have been better?

    The voice was just terrible.


    What character would you cut from Just What Kind of Mother are You??

    All of them! They made no sense!


    Any additional comments?

    This was NOT anywhere close to being like "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn. There was absolutely no suspense in this, and the story line was extremely dull and I have NO clue how on earth this story came out of her though process after watching the Oprah story on Brenda Slaby who was distracted and left her baby in the car to die of heat stroke while she was at work for the day.

    The idea of the book sounded good, but after listening it, I cannot believe I wasted my time finishing it. I kept thinking (and hoping) it would get better, and there would be some crazy twist to the plot... but I was beyond disappointed. Wish I could get the credits back for this terrible book!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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