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Book Title: Just What Kind of Mother Are You?|
The author of the book: Paula Daly
Edition: Thorndike Press
Date of issue: February 12th 2014
ISBN 13: 9781410465252
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Reader ratings: 6.4
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 2.79 MB
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Imagine this scenario: Local girls are being abducted and assaulted. The most recent disappearance was your daughter's friend - a thirteen year old who was under your watch at the time - but you weren't paying attention. The million things you have to do in a day distracted you. A lost moment you can never redo, guilt-fed emotions that never leave, and a bunch of fingers (primarily your own) pointing straight at you.
Just What Kind of Mother Are You? is a psychological thriller/mystery novel written by Paula Daly. While reading, I almost lost track of who the author was. The writing style had a Liane Moriarty feel to it. It followed the characters rather than just the events, all with impressive layering and complexity. Ms. Moriarty is one of my favorite authors so that's a real compliment!
In my opinion, this mystery/thriller had a strong women's fiction element incorporated in it. After all, far too many women can relate to feeling overwhelmed while balancing work, parenting, marriage/relationships, and self-care...all while trying to excel in each role. It's irrational and exhausting, and no doubt takes our attention away from other crucial areas. This novel speaks to this common concern as well as other important issues (which I can't reveal for fear of spoiling the mystery). All I can say is I truly cannot believe this is a debut novel. I was completely engaged and the twists and turns had me eager to find out how this story played out. The ONLY negative in my personal reading experience was (view spoiler)[the inclusion of a few snippets from the serial rapist's perspective. I realize the content was relatively mild compared to what it could have been but it was disturbing nonetheless. (hide spoiler)]
If you enjoy psychological thrillers, mysteries, family dramas, women's issues, crime investigations, and fairly dark suspense, then check out this novel and get ready to add another author to the top of your list. Enjoy!
My favorite quotes:
"It seems that every time I think a person has got things sorted, every time I think a person's got everything under control and is holding their life together in far better ways than I could ever hope to manage, they turn out to be taking antidepressants."
“I begin reading an article on a posh celebrity who lives in Bermuda. She's someone I've never heard of who's loosely connected to the royal family. She's all blonde hair and legs, late thirties. She's just had her first baby. “It's amazing”, she beams. “It's the most incredible thing. It's so beautiful. It's astonishing. There's so much love.” I shut the magazine with disgust, mentally dusting my hands. Just once, once I'd like to come across a new mother in a magazine who says, “I'm finding this really hard. It's not at all like I thought it would be. I don't think I'll be having another. And,” she says this next part sniffing into a hanky, “My husband's been next to useless. I thought he'd make a wonderful father, but well, he's leaving it all to me. He's been a complete dick actually.”
I'm officially a Paula Daly follower!
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Paula Daly is the acclaimed author of five novels. Her work has been sold in fifteen countries, shortlisted for CWA Gold Dagger Crime Novel of the Year award, and her books are currently being developed into the ITV drama - Deep Water - set to air in 2019. She was born in Lancashire and lives in the Lake District with her husband, three children, and whippet Skippy.
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