Just What Kind of Mother Are You? by Paula Daly
(Grove Press, 2013, 312 pages)
Just What Kind of Mother Are You? addresses the issues a lot of women are facing when they try to juggle working full-time while still giving their children as much time and attention as they can. It’s hard to feel like you’re doing a good job when you see the “Pinterest” moms who seem to have everything together as you flounder trying not to forget what your child said they needed for school. This is what Lisa Kallisto is battling internally. She feels like she’s always playing catch up and that she’s always tired as she cares for her three children and works at a non-profit animal shelter. All the other moms in her circle make life look so easy! When the daughter of a friend goes missing suddenly Lisa’s life gets turned upside down – Lisa was supposed to have been watching the young girl and she can’t even wrap her mind around the worst-case scenario.
The police get involved and Lisa tries to do what she can to make things right. The reader is brought along trying to solve the mystery of the missing girl and trying to understand the various family dynamics presented. This was an engaging read and it held my interest. Daly did a great job capturing her characters and I wasn’t expecting the ending which is always a good sign for a mystery. The narrator of this audiobook was fantastic. I didn’t think I was going to be a fan of her voice at first, but she did an amazing job.
If you’re looking for a good mystery I think this would make for a good summer read. And if you’re new to audiobooks or are just looking for one to listen to I’d recommend this title.