The Perfect Mother

The Perfect Mother

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 mont...

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Title:The Perfect Mother
Author:Aimee Molloy
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The Perfect Mother Reviews

  • Shannon

    I literally have no idea how I am going to write this review. I’ve had my eye on The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy for MONTHS. I saw this pretty little gem on edelweiss and was completely obsessed! I knew I had to read it. Then, to find out The Perfect Mother is going to be a movie with Kerry Washington? Um, SOLD. Though, I am seriously wondering how they will do this book justice.

    So, when I was pregnant with my daughter, I signed up for babycenter.com. It is a website with facts about your gro

    I literally have no idea how I am going to write this review. I’ve had my eye on The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy for MONTHS. I saw this pretty little gem on edelweiss and was completely obsessed! I knew I had to read it. Then, to find out The Perfect Mother is going to be a movie with Kerry Washington? Um, SOLD. Though, I am seriously wondering how they will do this book justice.

    So, when I was pregnant with my daughter, I signed up for babycenter.com. It is a website with facts about your growing baby, has forums for questions or just general conversations. I was on babycenter.com ALL the time. As a soon to be first time mom, I wanted all the facts. You can also join a group based on your due date month. My DD was due in August so I had joined the group and met a bunch of moms with the same due month. (crazy crazy, let me tell you!)

    Well, in The Perfect Mother we have the May Mothers, they were all due in May. The May Mothers meet through their village website and have been emailing each other for some time. After all the babies have been born, they decide to meet up IRL. All the moms and babies head to the local park to talk, compare and just have some mom time. One of the moms suggests a girl’s night out on July 4th to have some real fun. During the May Mothers big night out, a baby goes missing.

    This was told through many perspectives and I’ll admit I had to back up sometimes to figure out who I was reading. BUT, that did not stop me. I read this within a day. I loved the characters, the writing, and the mystery. This book is so relevant and just so damn good. I honestly feel like I have nothing to read after this now.

    This story is amazing. I was so absorbed with the main characters that I was THROWN with what happened. I had no idea it was going that way, NONE. And, the whole deal about the pickles and beans, omg I was dying. This is out May 1st and you NEED this. Thank you to Aimee and Harper books for sending me a free copy for a review. 5 amazing stars!

  • Jamie Rosenblit

    Now, this is how you do a psychological thriller!

    I'm in awe that this wonderfully done novel was Molloy's debut! Hearing that this book has been picked up by Kerry Washington for a film that she will also be starring in was definitely a factor in me picking this up 4 months before pub date (along with that stunning cover). The plot intrigued me, a mommy group formed online meets at a bar for a night out and something goes horribly wrong. Color me intrigued. I thought I had this figured out so m

    Now, this is how you do a psychological thriller!

    I'm in awe that this wonderfully done novel was Molloy's debut! Hearing that this book has been picked up by Kerry Washington for a film that she will also be starring in was definitely a factor in me picking this up 4 months before pub date (along with that stunning cover). The plot intrigued me, a mommy group formed online meets at a bar for a night out and something goes horribly wrong. Color me intrigued. I thought I had this figured out so many times along the way, as my friend Shannon (

    ) can attest to! Man, I really love when I am wrong (only about books, though, #sorrynotsorry). I'm happy this was a buddy read for me as there were so many moments I was dying to discuss along the way.

    Thank you to HarperCollins publishers for an advanced copy. All opinions are my own.

  • Linda Strong

    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

    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.

  • Dorie

    Finally a thriller that really delivers! Stayed up until 2:00 last night finishing this, I just had to know how it ended. It’s amazing that this is a debut novel and that it has already been picked up to be made into a movie, what a wonderful accomplishment for Ms. Molloy.

    This novel is told from multiple points of view and I did have a little trouble at times keeping track of who was talking but that was probably just because I was reading too fast! The author also used a technique that worked v

    Finally a thriller that really delivers! Stayed up until 2:00 last night finishing this, I just had to know how it ended. It’s amazing that this is a debut novel and that it has already been picked up to be made into a movie, what a wonderful accomplishment for Ms. Molloy.

    This novel is told from multiple points of view and I did have a little trouble at times keeping track of who was talking but that was probably just because I was reading too fast! The author also used a technique that worked very well to ratchet up the tension, “someone” was writing about what she was feeling and going through” at the beginning of the chapters, but we don’t know who.

    The story is about a handful of first time moms who meet in what they call their “May Mothers” group because they are all due in May. The main characters are Francie, Nell, Collette, Scarlet, Winnie and Token (a well chosen name as he is the token male in the group). They meet twice a week in a park with babies in strollers sharing joyful times, stories of exhaustion seeking advice and assurance from each other. Everything is going along well until, as the blurb will tell you, they decide to have a single night out and during that time one of the newborns is abducted from his home, with the babysitter asleep on the couch when the police arrive. To add to the frustration and anger of the mothers the police seem to make so many mistakes, letting people into the crime scene before taking photos, fingerprints, etc.

    The crime becomes a media circus with a particular woman reporter who is out to find the “dirt” on any of the women, and that she does. All of these women are unique, all have secrets and I had absolutely no idea who the abducted baby Midas.

    What really hit home for me is the fact that one of my daughters has a 2 and 4 year old and I can remember how flustered and upset she was with her first baby, particularly since she is in another state with no family close by. She turned to the internet which, in my opinion, just made things worse. Whatever worry or problem she had she seemed to be able to find some article that told her multiple ways of solving it. I think new mothers in today’s society are expected to be so much, the “perfect mother” doing everything right, the in-shape wife and most also have careers. I remember my pregnancies and early years with four daughters and I think things are worse now with too much information available on the internet. I remember I had two “baby books” both of which I ended up tossing!

    The novel also hits upon sensationalism by the news media. We are all bombarded with it every time we turn on the TV, whether it is political or social, it always seems to be reported in a way that will get more viewers, no matter whom they hurt in the process or whose career they may destroy.

    So this novel is a great thriller and a perfect analysis of our times. I would, however, not recommend this book to new mothers as this will just give them more to worry about!

    I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through Edelweiss, thank you.

  • Reading.Between.Wines

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 / 5 red herring filled stars!

    Review to come closer to publication date. Mark your calendars for May 1st people, you’re going to want to read this one!

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 / 5 red herring filled stars!

    Review to come closer to publication date. Mark your calendars for May 1st people, you’re going to want to read this one!

  • Carrie

    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 a

    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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  • Abby (Crime by the Book)

    4.5/5 stars for this addictive, engaging read! Find my full review here:

    This is a fantastic "popcorn read" - aka the kind of suspense novel you just want to binge on! Fans of Liane Moriarty and B.A. Paris will love this pacey, engrossing story of secrets, group dynamics, and interpersonal tension. Couple this with a cast of compelling female leads, and you've got a winner! Highly recommended for addictive, unputdownable spring reading.

  • Dennis

    With the perfect combination of thrills and shrills;

    not only entertains, but also provokes societal norms that we as a society deal with on a

    . The story surrounds a group of mothers (and one father) who call themselves the

    . 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,

    With the perfect combination of thrills and shrills;

    not only entertains, but also provokes societal norms that we as a society deal with on a

    . The story surrounds a group of mothers (and one father) who call themselves the

    . 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

    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.

    keeps you on your toes so much, you'll even be questioning yourself. I was not only stumped by the ending, but

    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,

    is not only a successful debut novel by an experienced and powerful writer, it is also thought provoking and impressive.

    will be released May 1, 2018. Thank you Harper Collins for my advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Tammy

    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

    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.”

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