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
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)
The three words I would use to describe this book are;
1. -thought provoking ( counting this as one :-)
3. -drawn out ( in the beginning)
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.
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.
I liked the performance the best. The narrator was absolutely amazing.
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.
Yes. It was really engaging and because of the narrator I felt like I was listening to a movie. Very good job.
Which came first... the books or the glasses?
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.
Read the books out of order but no biggie. Totally enjoyed the detective and her aunt in both books. The dynamics between the husband and wife was honest and raw. I laughed in several spots and pegged the wrong criminal. Hated it to end!
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
How I loved this book! First, the narration is so precisely wonderful! What a great voice Laura Brattan provides, and couples it with skilled performance reading! Then, the story. . . I don't want to give it up, but when busy parents get busier and busier and things fountain out of control, what is the first to give? Top that with the idea of keeping up with the Joneses, coveting the lifestyle of "the perfect" people in the neighborhood and community and it's no wonder that things can run amok. This is an "it could happen to you" story. . . which the author says was encouraged by an Oprah show when, because of her non-thinking action, a woman sobbingly confessed that she was the most hated mother in the world. This story doesn't copy the Oprah show at all, only the concept that busy parents can overlook the most mundane things with tragic consequences.
A GREAT read. Don't hesitate. It is not a dreary, gloomy book. Just real life. Realistic characters. A REAL good listen.
Probably in the top 25%. The performance was spot-on and the story was riveting.
Absolutely! Multiple perspectives helped to give some depth to the story and also maintain the mystery. I didn't see the twist at the end until I got there.
Her voice was perfect for the characters and the emotion she brought to it was perfect.
No, unfortunately that is not a luxury I am allowed with my busy schedule. I did however try to sneak in listening to it whenever I had a spare moment (cooking, gym, walking the dog, driving).
Unbelievable twist at the end, coming straight from today's headlines! Shocking! Very real and humanizing of the main character!
The reading was terrible & the story line was even worse.
The voice was just terrible.
All of them! They made no sense!
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!
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