book review

The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy



Title: The Perfect Mother

Author: Aimee Molloy

Pages: 336

Publisher: Harper

Publication Date: May 1, 2018

Genre: Thriller

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.


I spent this whole book trying to guess the ending and I was so wrong! But yet, once it was revealed it was so obvious and I was blown away at how well done this book is.  This book was told using multiple perspectives and it took me about half the book to get a good handle on Francie, Nell, and Colette (the May Mothers). The last half of the book did a much better job differentiating the women because we got to know their back story. The reason I gave this book only 3 stars despite the outstanding ending was because some of the stuff the main May Mothers women do made no sense.  They were so invested in baby Midas’s disappearance that they start doing such reckless and irrational things that I became less connected to the characters. Overall, this was a really solid read and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys domestic thrillers.



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