Title: The Perfect Mother
Author: Aimee Molloy
Publication Date: May 1, 2018
Page Count: 336
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK 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 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 want 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.
Thirteen days. An unexpected twist. The Perfect Mother is a “true page turner.” —B.A. Paris, author of Behind Closed Doors
The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy is a psychological thriller that easily will have readers on the edge of their seat as the story involves a missing infant. This one is told from multiple points of view including an unknown voice involved in the story.
Several women have formed a group that they are calling the May Mothers after the fact that they all met because they were all due to have their babies that May. After the births the ladies would get together to share stories of their children and various parenting tips to try to help each other along the way.
On the Fourth of July the May Mothers organized a girls night out insisting that they all needed a break away from the babies just for a few hours. Nothing would happen they said. Everything will be fine they said. Of course things did not turn out fine when one of the mothers returns to find her baby has been kidnapped.
As a reader I’ve often said there is nothing more intense than that of a missing child so when I saw this one I knew I should be in for an exciting ride. And to hear that the book has already had offers of a movie deal with a big name actress even before it’s published, sign me up please.
Just as I had expected the story is one that is easy to get lost in as you read and the only reason I found myself not giving five stars really was a few times during the book I’d lose track a bit of the point of view. It actually was done pretty well though so I wouldn’t let the multiple points of view scare anyone away. I also had a slight idea of the outcome fairly early on but never figured the actual who/how it all came about. But when it was all said and done I do think readers are really going to enjoy this one and can’t wait to see how the movie turns out.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via Edelweiss.
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About the author:
Aimee Molloy’s debut novel, The Perfect Mother, centers around a group of women whose lives become indelibly connected when one of their newborns goes missing. This thrilling novel is being adapted for the big screen by Kerry Washington, who hails it as: “a gripping page-turner that explores the pressures of modern motherhood as well as a mother’s absolute worst nightmare.” Inspired by her own experience as a young mother in Brooklyn, the novel brings to light issues that many women (and some men) face after their children are born—navigating expectations and expert advice around how “best” to raise an infant—in addition to managing one’s career; maintaining a healthy, happy relationship with your partner; “getting back” your pre-baby body, etc. Early readers couldn’t put it down, calling it: “a fast-paced, twisty, engrossing read” (Megan Miranda); “a true page turner!” (B.A. Paris); and “a riveting mystery” (Kimberly McCreight). Harper will publish The Perfect Mother in May 2018.
Aimee is also the author of However Long the Night and the co-author of several works of non-fiction, including Jantsen’s Gift, with Pam Cope. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and two daughters. Learn more at http://www.aimeemolloy.com.