Just What Kind of Mother Are You? | Penguin Random House Canada

Just What Kind of Mother Are You?

Publisher: Anchor Canada
A searing and sinister thriller for readers who loved Gone Girl.
     What if your best friend's child disappears? And it is all your fault.
     This is exactly what happens to Lisa Kallisto, overwhelmed working mother of three, one freezing December. She takes her eye off the ball for just a moment and her whole world descends into the stuff of nightmares. 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. 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.


 • "Paula Daly gets the action moving on the first page. . . . This taut page-turner of a novel . . . torques every parent's nightmare. . . . Daly has a gift for realistic, snappy dialogue, She shifts the action between a series of well-drawn female protagonists" --Maclean's
 • "With crackling dialogue, compelling characters and a page-turning plot about every mother's worst nightmare--the abduction of a teenage daughter--this is a truly promising debut by Daly. She writes with a singular voice and a fierce passion that roars off the page, while also displaying a visceral understanding of the betrayals and humiliations of domestic life. . . . With a sharp, double-twist ending, it announces Daly as a potential star, and one with the courage to take risks." --Daily Mail (UK)