Just what kind of Mother are you?
By Paula Daly
Expected Publication: April 2013
Length: 320 pages
Source: Supplied by publisher and Netgalley for Honest Review
Genre: Adult Fiction
Synopsis from Goodreads
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
Lisa Kallisto is a normal working class mother, who is trying to juggle to many balls. In just one day her life descends to hell when she forgot she was supposed to look after her best friends daughter, who goes missing. I believe that this novel is supposed to be a crime mystery novel, but I just couldn’t feel it , instead of police work solving the crime, all these coincidences occur around Lisa.
Being a mother this book really drew me to it, I have read kidnapped books before but always by the point of view of the mother, never the friends mother. Although this book was a compelling and an original pov, I just could not get into it. I have read this book over the course of a few months because I hate not finishing books. I really don’t think it was the writer’s style or any problems with the story itself, I just could not engage with the characters. I also found the story to be a little too much coincidental with all the clues seemingly to fall into Lisa’s lap. I believe this story could have a lot of promise but it just wasn’t for me.
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