Lisa Kallisto is an overworked mother of 3, with a husband who often works nights as a cab driver. In a horrifying moment of not paying attention, Lisa realizes that her best friend’s daughter goes missing under her watch. Wracked with guilt and suffering the critical judgement from others around the community, Lisa attempts to aid the detectives wherever she can to help find the girl. By doing this, Lisa unwittingly opens a Pandora’s box of secrets for many in the town that she thought she knew.
When I first learned of this book at Random House’s Fall preview event for bloggers, I immediately knew that it would be something I’d want to read. There have been so many books since the success of Gone Girl that compare itself to the bestseller by Gillian Flynn, and this one may come close to matching it in terms of the tension building and overall vibe. In fact, while I figured out where Gone Girl was going pretty early on, Just What Kind of Mother Are You? threw me for a loop. I was convinced I knew where the story was going until twist after twist was thrown in.
I felt the premise of this book was such a poignant and timely one. With so many parents working long hours more and more now, it would certainly be a huge concern to not only lose a child but have that missing child be someone else’s. That being said, I think there may be many like Lisa, who hadn’t thought about the severity of that situation. People take things for granted and not pay as much attention to things as they should.
Just What Kind of Mother Are You? is an extremely well-written and well-paced novel that I wouldn’t have believed it to be Daly’s debut novel. Told in alternating POVs between Lisa, the detective and the kidnapper, this mystery is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat while feeling immense gut-wrenching heartache at the thought of what the town is going through.