Paula Daly is my new favourite author and she should be yours too. I started reading her latest book ‘Just What Kind Of Mother Are You?’ a month ago and have looked forward to getting into bed with it every night since then.
The backdrop of this story is the Lake District in the North of England. I went there on my 29th birthday when I lived in Manchester so making this an even more magical read. It is definitely one place you need to experience in your life. It is truly a romantic, seductive and beautiful place to inhale. An innocent setting for a story such as this.
Picture windy roads splashed with grandpa trees, thatch cottages, Lilliput Lane imagery, poetry, lush gardens, deep walls of mist for miles, clean crisp winds, and the smell of grandiose spooky Lakes beckoning to get lost in. The Lake District echoes safety, comfort and the love of nature.
I fell for Paula Daly’s brand of writing – it’s not often that you get swept into a fever to read quickly about characters after only the first few pages into a book. This book is an easy ready but an intriguing one at that. There are loads of lil details that are full of symbolism that require a slow digestion.
I was drawn in on the first page with the tale of a weird man stalking young girls on their way home from school. Safety and comfort begone! We are introduced to the main character Lisa, a kennel owner and mother who had a responsibility to care for her best friend’s child who dum, dum, dum —disappears on her watch.
Lisa is a likeable character. Indeed full of flaws but a tour guide full of wonderment, self-reflection, self-doubt and a mistress of ‘taking on other’s peoples stuff in times of guilt’. We all do this stuff. Reading about these sentiments through this character made me reflect upon how I would have handled certain situations if I was in her shoes and my own complexes.
I found myself constantly examining the characters presented in the book and looking under rocks for them to trip up. Daly kept the story very tight but at the same time left you wanting more after small reveals came to fruition in every chapter.
I appreciated the bubbliness and light hearted hand that Daly writes in. This story is not overly complicated and a nice change from the heaviness of this genre.
The conclusion of the story is a jaw dropper. No matter how many clues you collect on the way would you figure out who the true criminal is until the very last page. This is a sign of good storytelling.
Buy it here! Just What Kind Of Mother Are You?