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!

  • 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.

  • Deanna

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    As soon as I read the description for “The Perfect Mother” I immediately added it to my list of Most Anticipated Reads for 2018. The fact that it was already in production to be made into a major motion picture added to my intrigue. I couldn’t wait to read it.

    are a group of mothers who gave birth in the same month. They joined the group online and eventually met in person. They met a couple of times a week an

    My reviews can also be seen at:

    As soon as I read the description for “The Perfect Mother” I immediately added it to my list of Most Anticipated Reads for 2018. The fact that it was already in production to be made into a major motion picture added to my intrigue. I couldn’t wait to read it.

    are a group of mothers who gave birth in the same month. They joined the group online and eventually met in person. They met a couple of times a week and shared what was happening in their lives and with their babies. The group changed a lot, people came and went… but a small group of women stuck it out and continued to meet up often.

    Then one night someone suggests that they get together for a Mommy only night out at a local bar. It would be a nice break from their daily routine.

    One mother was very hesitant about leaving her baby, but the other mothers insist that she come. They tell her everything will be fine.

    But they were wrong….and now a baby is missing.

    Right away the police are involved and social media goes crazy as videos and photos from the night in question are released. Lives are turned upside down, judgments are made, and it seems everyone has something to hide. Is anyone who they claim to be?

    Will a group of three determined mothers be able to help reunite mother and child?

    I really enjoyed this interesting and unique story about motherhood, betrayals, secrets, and lies.

    The author included “Today’s Advice” at the start of each chapter; a blurb with advice or information about the stages of emotional, social, or physical development. The kind of advice that seems helpful but can also make a new mother crazy at times, wondering if their baby is developing at the “right” pace. Of course, everyone wants to be “

    ”. A lot of what the characters were going through was very relevant. How it sometimes feels like everyone knows where they are doing except for you.

    The story was gripping. I did figure out one of the twists early on, but it didn’t bother me as I was really into each characters story-line as well as the mystery of the missing baby. There were a couple of times that I lost track of who was who but overall I was able to keep things straight.

    All in all, I thought this was a very satisfying domestic suspense novel with excellent characters and a great plot that had me flipping pages at a rapid pace from start to finish.

    I’m excited to see what Aimee Molloy comes up with next.

    I'd like to thank HarperCollins for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.

  • Emily May

    I enjoyed this quite a lot.

    definitely has something of a Moriarty vibe (Liane, not Jim) but I personally found it better paced. I struggled with the slowness and tame domesticity of Moriarty's

    and

    , though I enjoyed the HBO adaptation of

    . I would say that this book is more like the latter. It's predominantly about women and the relationships between them, with the thriller aspect of a missing baby providing the stage on w

    I enjoyed this quite a lot.

    definitely has something of a Moriarty vibe (Liane, not Jim) but I personally found it better paced. I struggled with the slowness and tame domesticity of Moriarty's

    and

    , though I enjoyed the HBO adaptation of

    . I would say that this book is more like the latter. It's predominantly about women and the relationships between them, with the thriller aspect of a missing baby providing the stage on which these complex friendships and loyalties play out.

    Molloy splits the narrative in an interesting way. The "present" of the story contains short, hard-hitting chapters that briefly reflect on the events leading up to that moment, and then the book moves to the past and explores what happens when an infant goes missing while his mother - Winnie - is getting a much-needed night out with other members of her "mommy group".

    This colourful group of women drive the story, which is largely about the pressures put on mothers to be "perfect". As the case plays out, we see news articles and talk shows questioning Winnie's behaviour: how could she go out drinking while her poor baby was being kidnapped? Her friends from her group are also forced to question how much they really know Winnie, and each other.

    Molloy captures what it is like to drive yourself a little crazy trying to be that elusive "perfect mother" and shows the dark events that can unfold in the wake of such impossible aspirations. Ultimately, though, there is something very uplifting about this group of mothers banding together and putting aside their doubts to help one of their own. These women - each from different backgrounds with very different financial situations - put strains on their relationships and careers to help find Winnie's baby.

    is being called a "thriller", which I suppose technically it is, but it is far more a tale of motherhood and female friendship in all their beautiful, vicious glory.

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  • Diane S ☔

    Books seem to be published according to trends. The one I've noticed lately are about groups of women, who have children or are expecting a child. I've read many of these in recent months with varying degrees of success. This is one of the better ones in that grouping. For one reason the writing style is suspenseful but not overly dramatic, soap opera style, and for another I found these women realistically portrayed the many aspects, trials if you will of being a new mother.

    They begin meeting

    Books seem to be published according to trends. The one I've noticed lately are about groups of women, who have children or are expecting a child. I've read many of these in recent months with varying degrees of success. This is one of the better ones in that grouping. For one reason the writing style is suspenseful but not overly dramatic, soap opera style, and for another I found these women realistically portrayed the many aspects, trials if you will of being a new mother.

    They begin meeting when they are still expecting, a group of mothers all whom will be giving birth in May. The babies are then called May babies, and we get to hear some of their birth stories and the struggles they have trying to balance the mxny different facets of life while trending to s newborn. One of the women suggest a night off sand babies, a night for themselves, an opportunity to destress. Whilevout one of the women's baby is kidnapped.

    What this book does so well is showing how the press distorts reality, doing anything to get and keep a story in the publics eye. It also shows how just being part of a tragedy makes one fair game. All these women are shown in the press in the worst possibly light. The high standards mothers are held to, as if they stop being people in and of themselves. All these woman have secrets from the past that will now be exposed. It also shows how strong a bond female friendships can be, how they try to help each other.

    So for me this was different because it carried a strong message while being well written and entertaining. Never guessed the ending so that is another plus. I did come to care about these flawed women and everything they went through. Apparently this book is being made into a movie, as it seems so many books are, especially lately.

    ARC from Edelweiss.

  • Kaceey - Traveling Sister

    Oh my! Now that was one twisty read!!

    The May Mothers – A group of new moms form a casual friendship, getting together to share their experiences and support one another. After all, they’re new parents…with lots of questions.

    When the ladies plan an evening out without their babies in tow, no one could imagine the consequences of that innocent rendezvous.

    There is a definite rhythm to this book, though it took me nearly half-way in to find the pace. I struggled a bit keeping a few of the character

    Oh my! Now that was one twisty read!!

    The May Mothers – A group of new moms form a casual friendship, getting together to share their experiences and support one another. After all, they’re new parents…with lots of questions.

    When the ladies plan an evening out without their babies in tow, no one could imagine the consequences of that innocent rendezvous.

    There is a definite rhythm to this book, though it took me nearly half-way in to find the pace. I struggled a bit keeping a few of the characters apart. But once rolling, it flowed smoothly and I couldn’t put it down!

    Told from multiple POV from those in the mommy’s group. Each with a story to tell and, maybe even a past to keep hidden. Here’s the challenge - you may think you have this one down. You may think you have it all figured out. HA! Are you in for a big surprise!

    If you like domestic thrillers then don’t pass this one up!

    A wonderful Traveling Sister read!!

    For this review and our full Traveling Sister review please visit Brenda and Norma’s fabulous blog:

  • Maddie

    After reading prologue I knew I was in for one disturbing Sunday read, this is a thriller of a mother's baby getting lost,recommended to lovers of thrillers!!

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    Need to mention I cannot have done a better review than synopsis ->

    Synopsis:

  • (Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

    This story had me reading through the night. It was full of twists & turns and secrets & lies. Trying to unravel it all was difficult because the story is told via various (unreliable) points of view. At times it was difficult to tell where 1 character's thoughts began and another's ended. Things jumped from person to person but honestly, I felt that it added to the overall frantic pacing

    This story had me reading through the night. It was full of twists & turns and secrets & lies. Trying to unravel it all was difficult because the story is told via various (unreliable) points of view. At times it was difficult to tell where 1 character's thoughts began and another's ended. Things jumped from person to person but honestly, I felt that it added to the overall frantic pacing of the book.

    The plot centers around a group of new mothers who form a friendship over the internet to share the joys & pressures of motherhood - the May Mothers. They decide to have a "Mom's Night Out" only to endure a mother's worst nightmare - one of the babies, Midas, goes missing.

    One of the things I really enjoyed was the frank portrayal of motherhood. The sleepless nights, the uncertainty, the love, the hormones and the pressure to be the perfect mother. I also enjoyed the camaraderie between these group of women. It was portrayed realistically - the desire to fit in, the need to be accepted, wanting to have someone who gets it but also fearing being judged. These are all real emotions many new moms have & face in today's society with so much emphasis being placed on being the "perfect mother".

    Molloy did a wonderful job layering this story. Everyone had secrets, told lies and added to the twists. I had suspicions about who was responsible but I hadn't figured it all out which I enjoyed. Overall, this was a suspenseful read that grabbed my attention from page 1 and kept it throughout.

  • Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister

    ...because I’m annoyingly indecisive with ratings!

    Meet

    : A newly-acquainted group of first-time moms who’ve all delivered their babies in the month of May.

    They trade parenting tips, share undiluted birthing stories, vent about their constant lack of sleep...

    And

    ...because I’m annoyingly indecisive with ratings!

    Meet

    : A newly-acquainted group of first-time moms who’ve all delivered their babies in the month of May.

    They trade parenting tips, share undiluted birthing stories, vent about their constant lack of sleep...

    And suddenly these moms learn that the their newfound bonds merely skim the surfaces of deep connection—as none of them

    knows who the other is at heart.

    This story took a while to grip me, and I’d say the second half fairly surpasses the first in its intrigue.

    What ensues is an energizing string of amateur sleuthing, local news reports, police questioning,

    , and suspicion sprinkled indiscriminately throughout.

    This author did a

    job portraying the anxieties and concerns of first-time moms, all of whom host their own set of personal challenges: the

    they feel working with their babies left at home, or those twinges of regret and pangs of

    that linger after giving up their careers entirely.

    As mothers, we tend to doubt ourselves at times. We too often compare ourselves to other moms; our kids to other kids.

    But the truth is,

    . Everyone’s situation is unique, and I could see these characters gradually reflecting that and evolving—caring less and less about what “looks” right and focusing more on what

    right for

    The mystery circling this plot was pretty tight, but would have summoned more power had certain characters had more

    .

    Those characters in the forefront were entirely three-dimensional. But others, although

    , felt hollow—like phantoms, never fully coming to life within the story.

    The end scene, when everything

    comes to a head, had me divided: On the one hand, it offered a meaty dose of insanity that was both disturbing and richly entertaining, and

    But on the flip side, there was a lot of information-dumping; a vocal unraveling of the entire mystery reminiscent of how a cartoon villain reveals the deranged details of his evil crusade in a step-by-step fashion, delighted with himself for pulling a fast one over the “good guys”.

    I always find a finale of the

    variety to be a rushed and awkward experience, whether in books or movies. I would much prefer having witnessed such lunacy play out, if even through flashbacks. The final “reveal” just didn’t have enough groundwork to convince me.

    Overall, this was a

    with a very natural writing style, and realistic dialogue and interactions. I do think many readers will have a lot of fun with this one and I certainly look forward to more from this author!

    *My first group read with my

    was a success! Thanks for the insightful conversations, ladies—many more to come!*

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