Just what kind of mother are you? by Paula Daly

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.

 

What a heartbreaking story! Written as fiction, I could totally see this being a sordid news story that reporters would want to sink their teeth into. The levels of betrayal and heartbreak are vividly portrayed in this story and I was left gasping at several points as the plot made some surprising turns. Who would have ever thought that the mother was behind the entire appearance and did not care how she destroyed her best friend. Such sickening deception, but unfortunately is also something that some people think they will actually get away with. It makes one ask the question, how far would you go and who’s lives would you destroy to selfishly get what you want?

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