The Perfect Motherby Published 01 May 2018
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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.
The Perfect Mother Reviews
The Perfect Mother: Try to do it all and chances are you will fail at something or feel like you’re failing even if you’re not. During the first and only night out at a local hot spot, the unthinkable happens when one of the “May Mothers’” infants goes missing. What follows is a well-plotted, fast-moving story focusing on how little these friends really know about each other. And, there is a lot that is unknown despite bonding over the significant stresses of new motherhood. This book will give mothers (and others) nightmares. Kerry Washington’s intent to bring this to big screen aside, this book has all of the hallmarks of being this summer’s “must read.”
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 / 5 red herring filled stars!
I read The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy as a buddy read with Heather from @nature.books.and.coffee, Shannon from @givemeallthebooks, Emily from @book.happy, and Jamie from @beauty_andthebooks_ and I think it is safe to say that we all really enjoyed this thriller, and it was a complete binge read for almost all of us.
I didn’t really know what to think of this book as I was reading it, but then I got towards the end and WHAM, it changed the entire book for me. The Perfect Mother is about a mommy group called The May Mothers, named for the fact they all have babies born in May. One night – the 4th of July of all days – the May Mothers go out without their babies and one of the babies gets taken from home out of his crib and disappears. What happens next is a wild ride of moms snooping and meddling, and doing their best to help their friend Winnie find her little boy Midas.
There are quite a few times that the book jumps around between characters with no clear definition of where one starts and the other ends. I actually started a list in my phone of who everyone was and distinguishing characteristics so I could keep track of them all. However, it didn’t really take away from the book too much for me. Once I got used to the names and each character popped up more, I was able to stop consulting my list.
The chapters in this book aren’t all that short, but they sure read very quickly. Some chapters focused on a couple characters viewpoints, but for the most part the chapters touched on most, if not all, of the characters POVs. There is also a mystery person thrown in there which was a nice touch. Those sections are just for that POV.
The fact that I’m not a mother didn’t make this read any less enjoyable for me. I can’t always relate to viewpoints from mom’s, but Molloy made it easy for someone without kids of their own to enjoy this whole book no matter whose POV you were reading. Each chapter starts out with an email to the May Mothers about where your baby should be at in regard to how old he/she is. I even enjoyed that part! It was nice too because it was something different.
I think Molloy did a great job on all these characters too. I felt like I was becoming a part of their lives throughout this book. Nell was definitely my favorite character and May Mother. She was hilarious, and of course, she likes to drink!
Final Thought: I think that even if you aren’t a mom you will appreciate this book. Molloy really gets all those social stigmas of new moms out there. They shouldn’t drink, they need to dress a certain way, they need to raise their babies a certain way, etc., so many silly things that constitute the “perfect mother”. I can appreciate what she was trying to do here even though I’m not a mom and not planning to be one. I loved Nell’s 'F them' attitude about all this stuff too. Secrets will surely be revealed in this fast-paced psychological thriller, and I highly recommend it. I seriously can’t even believe this is a debut novel!
The Perfect Mother in 3-ish words: Fast-paced, Meaningful & Fun
A clever page-turner!
A mother’s group goes out for a fun get together at the local bar. Then one mom gets a call from the babysitter.
I used to be in a mommy group and we would meet every week to support each other (called Super Moms). This mommy group (May Mothers) is going through hell after one of the babies goes missing.
This book got me out of my reading slump. Perfectly paced with plenty of twists, it kept me engaged as the moms put on their detective hats (along with me).
I loved the camaraderie of the moms and could relate to the situations that new moms are often juggling. The ladies have a strong bond and are supportive of each other. They are also shrewd and had me tensing up at some of their antics.
A clever ending that surprised me. This would be a perfect summer/beach read.
With the perfect combination of thrills and shrills; The Perfect Mother not only entertains, but also provokes societal norms that we as a society deal with on a daily basis. The story surrounds a group of mothers (and one father) who call themselves the May Mothers. The May Mothers are all first-time parents who have not only aligned together for comradery, but for validation as well. This group leans on each other for support and complimentary banter. The group mainly centers around Francie, Nell, Collette, Scarlet, Token, and Winnie. Each of these counterparts have different personalities and bring different perspectives to the group. As their routine begins to feel predictable and insipid, the group decides that they need a night out for themselves. The May Mothers decide that they will leave their children at home and spend the night out in celebration for the 4th of July. The group is having a great time and they are bonding over drinks. It isn't until the end of the night where one of the children has gone missing. This disappearance has not only gathered extensive media coverage, but also has inexplicably drawn the group into the cross hairs of this tragedy. As the group gets more infused into the subject matter at hand, they all begin to question everything. Does anyone have anything to hide and why was this child taken in the first place?
Without going any further into the plot, Aimee Molloy has pulled off a robust, magically written debut novel. I really enjoyed how The Perfect Mother not only successfully ropes you in with its sheer thrilling plot, but also shows you how society has "trained" parents (especially mothers) on how to be a "successful parent". There's so much pressure on parents and the who/what/where/when/why/how to properly raise your child. Throughout the story, we see how the May Mothers have to not only deal with a crisis, but also struggle with how to raise their children without damaging or ruining their pivotal first moments. The Perfect Mother keeps you on your toes so much, you'll even be questioning yourself. I was not only stumped by the ending, but pleasantly surprised.
The story starts off as a very strong action-packed joyride thriller that will definitely keep you interested in how the story develops. At around 60% into the story, I felt that I just kept waiting for something to happen and felt that I was begging for more information faster. That really could have just been my impatience with an amazingly written original story, but I felt like it would be fair to showcase what I absolutely loved about this story and my qualms with the story. Other than the unbalanced pacing at certain parts of the story, I really didn't have any other critiques that I feel need to be mentioned.
All in all, The Perfect Mother is not only a successful debut novel by an experienced and powerful writer, it is also thought provoking and impressive. The Perfect Mother will be released May 1, 2018. Thank you Harper Collins for my advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
This author's debut novel is a winner! This psychological thriller had me riveted to the story from the very first page.
They are called the May Mothers ... a group of new moms whose babies were born in the same month. They met on the internet when they were pregnant ... now that they have all delivered, they meet every week or so at the park. They share their baby stories, their birth stories. All except Token .. he's the one guy in the bunch .. a stay-at-home dad.
They decide that they all need a night out ... without the babies. Going to a local bar for some adult liquid, it's bound to be a fun break for all of them. But then a parent's worse nightmare... one of the babies is taken out of his crib, out of his home and no one knows where he is. The babysitter was sleeping, she never heard anyone enter or leave the apartment.
So who has baby boy Midas? His father who has never been a part of his life? The babysitter in the country illegally? The baby's mother who was having a hard time being a single mom? One of the other mothers ...or father? Or was this a random kidnapping?
They all have secrets ... lies that have been hidden for years. It becomes a heart-wrenching race to find the baby, exposing those secrets and lies to the light of day. An unexpected twist at the end had me forgetting to breathe.
There is a lot packed into this story. It's about friendships and love and frustrations and the wonder of newborn babies. Marriages are tested, some won't survive. Some friends will remain friends .. some will vanish like a puff of smoke. This is well written with standout characters.
Many thanks to the author / Plume - Penguin Books USA / Edelweiss for the advanced digital copy of his highly suspenseful Psychological Thriller. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.