What could be worse than a child going missing? When it's your best friend's child. And it was on your watch... An emotionally fraught psychological thriller and a shrewd examination of family life - and the evil that can lie beneath.
Paula Daly lives in Cumbria with her husband, three children and whippet Skippy. Before becoming a writer she was a freelance physiotherapist.
"Just What Kind of Mother Are You? is the very definition of a page-turner - the sort of book that causes you to lose half a day without even noticing. Savour every page, because this will probably be your book of the year. With characters so real they can't possibly be made up, it's a brilliant, thrilling story of friendship, families and the sort of terrifying betrayal that can only happen to those closest to us." Elizabeth Haynes, author of Into the Darkest Corner "I really enjoyed this book. Lisa sparkles off the page, with a crisp, engaging voice, enviable self-awareness and a genuine sense of warmth. In her debut novel, Paula Daly has hit upon a theme that will resonate instantly with working mothers the length and breadth of the land. But for the grace of God, we could all walk in Lisa's shoes." S J Bolton "I read the book in just a few hours, gripped by the believable characters and switchbacks of the plot. Everyone will recognise the dilemmas in this book and hold their breath for the finale." Claire McGowan, author of The Fall and The Lost "An assured and nail-biting debut which gives an authentic portrayal of modern family life and the pressures of being a working mother. Daly writes eloquently about an ordinary family plunged into a nightmare and sets her story in the wintry landscape of the English Lakes. A tense and satisfying read." Cath Staincliffe, author of Split Second and Dead to Me "It's unputdownable: exactly the kind of book I love - a slow burning psychological suspense with lots of twists. As well as being full of suspense, it is rich in domestic detail and brilliantly examines the pressures that working parents - specifically working mothers - are under to be perfect in every way: how we blame ourselves when we can't keep every single ball up in the air, how we compare ourselves to others who seem to be doing it all so perfectly and how, for some people, appearances have to be kept up at all costs. Particularly satisfyingly I didn't see the end coming until the moment it appeared" Julia Crouch