Lisa Kalisto is a harried mother of three. Juggling work, a husband, a family, and a household. And doing a pretty good job of it. Much like the rest of us, so much to do and seemingly so little time to do it.
In Paula Daly’s Just what kind of mother are you? every day is a whirlwind of getting the kids to school, getting ourselves to work, cooking, cleaning, homework, bed. She just feels at times that she might not keep it all together.
Her best friend Kate seems to have it all and to have it all together. Perfect house. Perfect husband. Perfect kids. Perfect life. And she makes it look so easy.
To be honest, Lisa is somewhat in awe of Kate. Never-mind the fact that Kate, as Lisa’s always loving, strong support system of a husband, Joe, reminds her. “Doesn’t have an effing job.” Still, Lisa judges her life by Kate’s and always believes herself to be just this side of failure.
So when Kate’s daughter Lucinda goes missing, Lisa’s world is rocked to its core. Lucinda was supposed to be with Lisa. And Lisa had completely forgotten about that.
Wrecked with guilt, Lisa is consumed with doing whatever she can to find Lucinda and hopefully repair the friendship that is sure to be ruined by Lisa’s carelessness.
In this splendid novel, the reality of life is brought to the forefront.
Aren’t so many of us just so busy with life that we sometimes lose our grasp on something that is pretty important?
Don’t many of us look at those around us and think that their lives are perfect, while ours are a series of near misses?
When the walls begin to crumble, it becomes more and more apparent that not everything is exactly as it seems. Perhaps Lisa, like us, will one day realize that all that glitters is not gold.
I would give the audio version, performed by Laura Brattan a 5 out of 5 stars. With 7 major characters and several minor ones – male/female; young/old – there is no doubt which character is speaking. Her tone and inflection are amazingly different for each character.
I was truly sorry to come to the end of this book, both for the quality of the writing and the remarkable narration.