Book Review: Paula Daly “Just What Kind of Mother Are You?”


Paula Daly’s debut novel Just What Kind of Mother Are You? really gripped me from the start. It is well written and the storyline is very relevant to me, and to many mothers my age. That’s not to say that it wouldn’t appeal to a wider audience, it definitely would, it just had particular resonance to me.

Without giving away the plot the story focuses on a busy, stressed out mother. She makes mistakes, forgets things, spends too much time at work and thinks quite little of herself. She frequently compares herself to other mothers, one friend in particular.

The story examines motherhood and it’s emotional complexities very cleverly through a really interesting criminal plot. The reader is both enticed and drawn on by the main plot and also intrigued by the sub-plot – the subtle discourse that lies beneath on the complexities of motherhood and what it means to be a good mother.

Whilst the plot and subsequent ‘who done it’ reveal was obvious to me by the time I got to the end, it was still a really enthralling read and one that I would definitely recommend. I was quite into this book and read it really quickly which means that I liked it – and it has reminded me how much I love reading fiction and should do it more!

Disclosure – I was gifted this book for the purposes of the review. All opinions are honest and my own. 


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