Sunday, May 6, 2018

Book Review: The Perfect Mother

Author: Aimee Molloy
Publication Date: May 1, 2018
Publisher: Harper


An addictive psychological thriller about a group of women whose lives become unexpectedlyconnected when one of their newborns goes missing.

A night out. A few hours of fun. That’s all it was meant to be.

They call themselves the May Mothers—a group of new moms whose babies were born in the same month. Twice a week, they get together in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park for some much-needed adult time.

When the women go out for drinks at the hip neighborhood bar,they are looking for a fun break from their daily routine. But on this hot Fourth of July night, something goes terrifyingly wrong: one of the babies is taken from his crib. Winnie, a single mom, was reluctant to leave six-week-old Midas with a babysitter, but her fellow May Mothers insisted everything would be fine. Now he is missing. What follows is a heart-pounding race to find Midas, during which secrets are exposed, marriages are tested, and friendships are destroyed. 

Molloy’s alternating point of views allows readers to see each of the mother’s innermost thoughts, fears, and theories about what happened to baby Midas and each May mother also gives more details about her role during his disappearance. I would not have wanted this book to be written in any other way. It was absolutely wonderful – each woman’s characterization was highlighted and expounded upon to the utmost degree!

Each woman has secrets and that is part of what made this brilliant, enchanting psychological thriller a five star read for me. The secrets of each character are revealed layer by layer, as readers fly through the chapters. I loved each of these women – I found myself questioning their motives, intentions, and cataloging their mannerisms and attitudes about the entire scenario.

There was nothing about this novel that I really disliked. This is a killer debut novel left me reeling and wanting more. Do not pick this book up if you have any prior commitments because I promise you will not be able to put it down. Her characters drive the story and her pacing takes you through the chapters so quickly. This novel is being pitched as a thriller, and while it is at its core, it is also the story of female friendship and motherhood. It made me reflect on the relationships in my own life. Truly beautiful writing!

Bad things happen in heat like this.

“This will be great. A few hours out. A slice of freedom.” She lifts her cup and downs the last of her wine. “Nothing we’ll regret. Just one drink.”

“I mean it’s time to start questioning the motives of people who knew him. I mean, Francie, people close to the family.”

This is the ultimate binge read/summer or beach read. This story will consume you – set aside a day, a few hours, or even a weekend because you will want to finish it once you start. The characters are interesting and so is their take on modern day motherhood. Plus, you know the book is good if it has already been picked up for a multi-million dollar movie deal! I look forward for more from Aimee Molloy!

***A free copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers at Harper in exchange for my honest review***

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