Title: The Perfect Mother
Author: Aimee Molloy
Publish Date: May 1, 2018 by Harper
# of Pages: 317
My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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(From Goodreads) Vanity Fair calls it one of the most anticipated books of the summer. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Scandal’s Kerry Washington.
An addictive psychological thriller about a group of women whose lives become unexpectedly connected when one of their newborns goes missing.
They call themselves the May Mothers—a collection of new moms who gave birth in the same month. Twice a week, with strollers in tow, they get together in Prospect Park, seeking refuge from the isolation of new motherhood; sharing the fears, joys, and anxieties of their new child-centered lives.
When the group’s members agree to meet for drinks at a hip local bar, they have in mind a casual evening of fun, a brief break from their daily routine. But on this sultry Fourth of July night during the hottest summer in Brooklyn’s history, something goes terrifyingly wrong: one of the babies is abducted from his crib. Winnie, a single mom, was reluctant to leave six-week-old Midas with a babysitter, but the May Mothers insisted that everything would be fine. Now Midas is missing, the police are asking disturbing questions, and Winnie’s very private life has become fodder for a ravenous media.
Though none of the other members in the group are close to the reserved Winnie, three of them will go to increasingly risky lengths to help her find her son. And as the police bungle the investigation and the media begin to scrutinize the mothers in the days that follow, damaging secrets are exposed, marriages are tested, and friendships are formed and fractured.
Rating (1-5, 5 is exceptional)
Quality of Writing – 4
Pace – 4
Plot Development – 5
Ending – 5
Characters – 5
Enjoyability – 5
Ease of Reading – 5
Overall Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy is a psychological thriller about friendship, motherhood, and mental illness. When a baby in a mother’s group goes missing, the mothers band together to solve the mystery.
This book has received a lot of mixed reviews, but I loved it! As a modern-day mom who has also joined a mommy group (or several), this book really resonated with me. The pressure to be the perfect mother is intense as a new mom, and people judge you at every turn, ready to swoop in and tell you what you’re doing wrong. The characters experience a lot of the new mom woes–the struggle to breastfeed, home/work life balance, and constant sleep deprivation.
I thought the book was beautifully written. While I think people without kids might struggle to connect with the characters, the author captured motherhood perfectly. The pacing was also good. Within a couple chapters, I was hooked, and the pace stayed constant throughout the book.
The plot development was intriguing with a lot of finger pointing as the characters struggled to uncover the “whodunit.” I liked the twists and turns and the multiple perspectives. I enjoyed following the lives of the different characters–from the struggling Francie to the stay-at-home dad, Token. Each character revealed their own stories as they processed the disappearance of baby Midas.
I loved the ending–I never saw it coming! I had the suspect pegged incorrectly the entire book. The ending was intense but also heartbreakingly sad. It’s hard not to sympathize with the kidnapper even though s/he was in the wrong.
The characters are the crowning achievement in this book. The depth and breadth of character development was impressive. I closed the book feeling as though I was part of the May Mothers and had just met some new friends!
In summary, I thought this book was fantastic. I highly recommend it to moms, dads, and fans of thrillers.
- “‘I knew those boobs were magic. Just looking at them has calmed me down a few times.'”
- “‘Why does everybody like to tell new mothers what we’re about to gain? Why does nobody want to talk about what we have to lose?'”
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