The Perfect Mother

The Perfect Mother

by Aimee Molloy


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ISBN-13: 9780062696793
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 87,191
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Aimee Molloy is the author of the New York Times bestseller However Long the Night: Molly Melching’s Journey to Help Millions of African Women and Girls Triumph and the co-author of several non-fiction books. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters. The Perfect Mother is her first novel.

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The Perfect Mother 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
UGH! What a disappointment. This book is neither a thriller nor a suspense novel. It is a jumble of contemporary issues, characters and plots. (A "throw it all against the wall and see what sticks" approach to story-telling.) I'm not a fan of this author's writing style or story composition. I couldn't wait to finish this so I could start something else.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was nothing original - confusing characters that were not well developed. A mindless beach read for the hipster mommy crowd.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not only was this book a thriller that kept me wanting more, but there were also things in this book I could relate to as a new mother. I can’t wait to see the film adaptation.
Anonymous 19 days ago
Too many characters and it was hard to like any of them.
Take_Me_AwayPH 9 months ago
The very first thing I heard about this book was that it was being made into a movie. I had to read it because I really needed to know what the fuss was about. But by that time, everyone else had already heard of it as well. It took awhile before I got it in my hands, but when I finally read it, I was really underwhelmed. The May Mothers met in a group online and spent so much time getting to know each other through emails and outings. But then one night, baby Midas goes missing at the same time they're at an outing. And no one seems to know what happened. At the same time they're looking for him, they learn that the same people they began to become friends with and "get to know," they realize they never really knew them at all. Ok, so the main thing I didn't like about this book was the plot. And by that I mean.... There wasn't one. The entire story is based on them finding the baby, but it's basically told in police interviews. And that got boring really quickly. There were SO. MANY. times I wanted to quit listening to this, but since it was an audio and I was listening while I was driving, it helped to force me to get through it. The other thing I didn't care for with this one is the person who it was. Ok, so this will be somewhat of a spoiler, so skip this paragraph of my review if you don't want to read the spoiler...... The person the author chose to be the person behind it all, sucked. My co-worker who also read this said it best... "the good thrillers introduce you to the characters, get them involved in the story, and then at the end you're like WTF?! This person was introduced twice and even though the secrets of everyone else was coming out, no one conveniently asked her about her secrets." And the character who did it turned out to be someone that wasn't hardly in the story. I get that it's supposed to be hard to guess who it is, but at least make it someone who I don't have to flip pages and go "Who was that again?" Because that's what happened in this story. The main reason I kept going with this story is the fact that the story was actually pretty believable and had some pretty awesome points in the writing.The way they got hold of the evidence and the way the characters began to turn on each other was definitely something that could happen were this to happen in real life. Sad, but true. Though there wasn't much that I liked, it was still strong enough for me to finish it and give it a good rating. Not saying I'm going to buy all of her other works, but I will definitely keep a look out for all the newer things she writes.
ArleneHeed More than 1 year ago
I loved the book. I loaned it to my father's wife. I am sure she will enjoy it, too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down until I finished reading the entire book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. It kept me guessing from beginning to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book kept me in suspense and I did not have it figured out like I have in some books. It was a good read.
SuseNJ More than 1 year ago
Very unpleasant reading experience. The moms had a hodge-podge of hang-ups, anxieties and troubles, none of which were enjoyable to hear about. There was only one "surprise," about "who dunnit," and it was not clever at all. The book did not flow organically, but jerked in various unpleasant directions. Couldn't wait to finish it (only to find out who dunnit) and go on to something more interesting.
TiBookChatter More than 1 year ago
The Short of It: Another page-turner that keeps you guessing. The Rest of It: Motherhood is a hot topic this summer. I wonder why. Maybe because so many of us are overwhelmed, super busy, and give everything we have to our kids? Whatever the reason, I have at least three books in my stack dealing with motherhood in some way and The Perfect Mother was one of them. May Mothers is a group made-up of women who had their babies in the month of May. They meet at the park for their regular meetings but now that their infants are a couple of months old, they decide it’s time for a girls night out and head to a local bar for some drinks. Excited to be taking a night off from baby duty, they get a little careless and drink a little too much so when one of the moms suddenly vanishes from the bar, only for them to find out later that she is home, with the police, trying to figure out who took her son from his crib, things begin to escalate as the moms try to make sense of what’s happened. Mommy groups can be very supportive but also very dramatic. That is the case here. These women take it upon themselves to find the missing baby. They inject themselves into the investigation, steal evidence, put themselves in very dangerous situations, usually with their own infant strapped to their chests. It’s crazy what they do! Although the missing baby is the focus of the story, Molloy also touches on the loss of identity that can come with having a baby and how difficult it is to figure out those first few months as a mother. This, I could relate to well. The Perfect Mother is not a perfect book. It’s a little predictable and you might tire of all the “mommyness” contained within its pages but it was a quick, entertaining read and a good distraction from the headlines that continue to find me even though I have made a real effort to avoid them.
CCinME More than 1 year ago
What does it mean to be a "Perfect Mother"? That is the question asked of several women belonging to a new Mom's group called the May Mothers. There are several people to keep track of and the author did a good job making them distinct. The ending was very good! Not what I was expecting. Good debut novel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good from beginning to end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Captivating storyline. I enjoyed the characters and the bond of their friendships
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unexpected ending
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
A gripping domestic suspense story. I wanted to read this book based on the wonderful reviews I read on several blogs and goodreads. I later found out is has already been picked up to be made into a movie. Well, I can say that I was not disappointed. A group of new mothers who originally met online, decide to meet in person at the local park. They are friends during the pregnancy and continue on after their babies are born. There are about six women and one "token" male, a stay at home dad. When one of the women suggests they have a night out, a drink and some adult only company, they decide to go for it. Winnie, a single mother, accepts the recommendation of another mom in the group, and hires her nanny to watch her son, Midas. The evening progresses normally, until they get a frantic call from Alma, the nanny. Midas is missing. The rest of the story is made up of the police investigation or non-investigation if you believe the other mother's complaints. The media gets a hold of this story and it becomes a sensationalized situation. The women's pasts are put on trial as well as how new mothers could be out drinking and partying when their babies are home or with babysitters. They do not care if they ruin the lives and reputations of these women. There are some concerns about post-partum depression, child development and whether or not Winnie had her own child kidnapped or worse, killed. The narration of the story is broken with each character having different chapters. Sometimes I was not sure who was narrating until partway through the chapter. “Today’s Advice” began each chapter which was a piece of advice or information about the stages of emotional, social, or physical development. One of them was about taking advice with a grain of salt, which I thought was kind of funny. All the advice seemed helpful but it can also make a new mother crazy at times, wondering if their baby is developing at the right pace. Each of the characters wants to be “ The Perfect Mother”. The story was gripping. It had me flipping through the pages quickly. There were twists that surprised me, some I had expected. Overall I this was a very satisfying domestic suspense novel with excellent characters and a great storyline. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys suspense novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read!
Candice_S More than 1 year ago
Theresa B More than 1 year ago
I absolutely, positively LOVED this book! Addictive, fast-paced page-turner with lots of hooks and wonderful characters The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy was everything I wanted it to be and more. It was a great thriller, with a mystery that I could not figure out. There were a lot of hooks at the end of chapters making me want to read “just one more” before turning out the light at night. But the thing I loved most was the relationship between the moms. I loved the bonds that were formed in this group of women brought together because they lived near each other and had babies that were born in the same month. I loved how they helped each other and were there for each other. I also loved that they each probably thought the others’ lives were perfect because they talked mostly about the babies or the missing baby and not about their marriages, careers or other insecurities. It was a reminder that we all have challenges that we are facing even if the face we show the world looks perfect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Twink More than 1 year ago
Aimee Molloy's new book, The Perfect Mother, has just released - and it's one you're going to want to pick up if you love suspense. I think the publisher's description is quite apt...."With the masterful pacing of Before the Fall, the charged domestic drama of Big Little Lies, and the audacious structure of The Girl on the Train comes a thrilling novel centered around a group of women whose lives become indelibly connected when one of their newborns goes missing." Uh huh, one of the worst things you can imagine happening.... Molloy hooks the reader from the first chapter with some absolutely delicious foreshadowing that had me eager to keep turning pages. "I've been blamed for what happened that Fourth of July night. But not a day goes by that I don't remind myself of the truth. It's not my fault, It's theirs." And turn pages I did - every spare minute I could find. The Perfect Mother is just, so readable! The group of mothers is made of a wide variety of personalities - each with their own secrets. The Perfect Mother is told from many points of view, giving us a behind the scenes look at what is going on in each woman's world behind closed doors, while they try to present the perfect mother personal in public. Molloy's portrayal of new mothers is so very well done - the fears, the angst, the exhaustion, mommy groups and more. Molloy's depiction of the media coverage is also spot on and underscores how trial by social media seems to be the new norm these days. The talk show host is particularly despicable. But the standout is the way Molloy manipulates the reader. I truly did not see the twist at the end coming at all. I really appreciate not being able to guess the final outcome of a book. Well done! Absolutely recommended - add this one to your beach bag! Film rights are already sold with Kerry Washington to star.
ErinJ More than 1 year ago
What a truly excellent book. Picked it up after hearing some good things about it and am so glad I did. Read it in nearly one sitting -- this is going to be the book of the summer!
SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy is a highly recommended debut thriller/mystery featuring a group of new mothers. The May Mothers are an informal group of Brooklyn based new moms (and one dad) whose children were all born in May. They meet twice a week in Prospect Park for camaraderie and to share their concerns. On the 4th of July three of the mothers, Nell Mackey, Colette Yates, and Francie Givens, along with Token, the nickname of the only male, plan an adult's only night out at a local bar. They persuade single mom Winnie Ross into attending by arranging for Nell’s nanny, Alma, to watch Winnie’s son, Midas. The evening's drinking begins and before the night is over Winnie's son, Midas is missing, abducted from his crib. The police and media scrutiny uncovers all manner of secrets from Winnie's past and begin to focus on the mother's group too. Nell, Colette, and Francie don't believe the police are handling the investigation correctly, so they begin to do their own investigation into what happened. The novel unfolds during thirteen nerve wracking days as the police and the May Mother's conduct their own investigations. As expected, the information that comes out about everyone during an investigation of a missing child can be startling and finger-pointing and speculation will abound. The chapters in the novel open with emails sent to the May Mothers by a website called The Village. The chipper rather self-satisfied emails all contain general advice on babies' milestones and raising children, which fits in nicely with the narrative based on these new mothers. The Perfect Mother is an easy to read and follow novel and should engross most readers. I will admit I didn't care quite as much about the baby-raising-talk as a younger parent might, because baby-raising days are far behind me. What this means is that I focus more on the satisfaction I find from the quality of the writing, plot, character development, mystery, and the eventual conclusion. Molloy did quite good on all these points. The narrative does slow down a bit in the second half of the novel, right when you are desperate for more action, which may find some impatient readers skimming the novel for a quicker pace. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of HarperCollins Publishers.
ASalt More than 1 year ago
“The Perfect Mother” by Aimee Molloy follows a group of new mothers—who call themselves the May mothers—after the single mom in the group, former actress Winnie, suffers from the disappearance of her newborn son Midas during a night out with the rest of the mothers, despite Midas being under the supervision of Alma, the babysitter recommended to Winnie by one of the other mothers. From then on, the rest of the mothers—protective of their own offspring—follow the developing investigation, initially suspicious of a man with a criminal past seen near Winnie’s residence during the night Midas went missing, before turning the spotlight on Winnie’s past (as a former actress from a wealthy family, who also had brushes with a stalker), and ultimately themselves and their own secrets. The third-person narrative of the mothers is interspersed with a first person narrative of the kidnapper, whose identity is only revealed at the very end. Suffice to say that one of the characters is not all they seem, and that being the perfect mother can happen in multiple ways. Intriguingly, it’s set to get made into a movie starring Kerry Washington. Overall, I found the story to be entertaining—like a domestic drama slash mystery, as well as the exploration of the different—and sometimes troubling—relationships between friends and their families, and what happens when they overlap.
booklover- More than 1 year ago
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.