The Trophy Child by Paula Daly. Published by Grove Atlantic

In a world full of helicopter parents, Karen Bloom stands out like a sore thumb. No coddling for her children, Karen knows the secret to effective parenting is consistent expectations and equally consistent discipline. And she deals with husband Noel the same way. It all seems picture perfect on the outside, but on the inside, wear and strain have begun to fray at the family bonds. Noel takes refuge in booze and women. Their perfect daughter dreams of running away, Noel’s daughter from a previous marriage is becoming increasingly violent and Karen’s son is falling ever deeper into drug addiction. It won’t belong before this pressure cooker explodes and when it does, no one will be the same. Just as she did in What Kind of Mother Are You?, Daly looks at the tightrope that women walk everyday as mothers, partners and business people. A taut and suspenseful thrill ride

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