The Perfect Mother

The Perfect Mother

Aimee Molloy / Dec 13, 2019

The Perfect Mother THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING SCANDAL S KERRY WASHINGTONAn addictive psychological thriller about a group of women whose lives become unexpectedly co

  • Title: The Perfect Mother
  • Author: Aimee Molloy
  • ISBN: The Perfect Mother
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  • THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING SCANDAL S KERRY WASHINGTONAn addictive psychological thriller about a group of women whose lives become unexpectedly connected when one of their newborns goes missing.A night out A few hours of fun That s all it was meant to be.They call themselves the May Mothers a group of new moms whose THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING SCANDAL S KERRY WASHINGTONAn addictive psychological thriller about a group of women whose lives become unexpectedly connected when one of their newborns goes missing.A night out A few hours of fun That s all it was meant to be.They call themselves the May Mothers a group of new moms whose babies were born in the same month Twice a week, they get together in Brooklyn s Prospect Park for some much needed adult time.When the women go out for drinks at the hip neighborhood bar, they are looking for a fun break from their daily routine But on this hot Fourth of July night, something goes terrifyingly wrong one of the babies is taken from his crib Winnie, a single mom, was reluctant to leave six week old Midas with a babysitter, but her fellow May Mothers insisted everything would be fine Now he is missing What follows is a heart pounding race to find Midas, during which secrets are exposed, marriages are tested, and friendships are destroyed.Thirteen days An unexpected twist The Perfect Mother is a true page turner B.A Paris, author of Behind Closed Doors Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 336 pages Published December 31st 2018 by Harper Paperbacks first published May 1st 2018 More Details Original Title The Perfect Mother ISBN 0062696807 ISBN13 9780062696809 Edition Language English setting New York State United States Brooklyn, New York City, New York United States 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book to your favorite list Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Feb 21, 2018 Emily May rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves mystery thriller, arc, 2018, botm I enjoyed this quite a lot The Perfect Mother 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 The Husband s Secret and Truly Madly Guilty, though I enjoyed the HBO adaptation of Big Little Lies I would say that this book is 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 The Perfect Mother 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 The Husband s Secret and Truly Madly Guilty, though I enjoyed the HBO adaptation of Big Little Lies I would say that this book is 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.The Perfect Mother is being called a thriller , which I suppose technically it is, but it is far a tale of motherhood and female friendship in all their beautiful, vicious glory.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube flag 374 likesLike see review View all 9 comments May 07, 2018 Deanna rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018, arcs My reviews can also be seen at 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.The May Mothers 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 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.The May Mothers 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 This will be great A few hours out A slice of freedom Nothing we ll regret Just one drink 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 wrongd now a baby is missing bad things happen in heat like this 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 The Perfect Mother 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 flag 265 likesLike see review View all 81 comments May 12, 2018 Kristin KC Traveling Sister rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves psychological thriller 3.6ish Stars because I m annoyingly indecisive with ratings Mothers and babies You re everywhere I hope you appreciate everything you have Meet The May Mothers 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 nothing glaringly out of the ordinary here Until one of their babies goes missing during a much needed girl s night out And 3.6ish Stars because I m annoyingly indecisive with ratings Mothers and babies You re everywhere I hope you appreciate everything you have Meet The May Mothers 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 nothing glaringly out of the ordinary here Until one of their babies goes missing during a much needed girl s night out And suddenly these moms learn that the their newfound bonds merely skim the surfaces of deep connection as none of them truly 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, mommies with a mission, and suspicion sprinkled indiscriminately throughout.This author did a fantastic job portraying the anxieties and concerns of first time moms, all of whom host their own set of personal challenges the guilt they feel working with their babies left at home, or those twinges of regret and pangs of insignificance 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, perfection isn t attainable 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 on what feels right for them.The mystery circling this plot was pretty tight, but would have summoned power had certain characters had exposure.Those characters in the forefront were entirely three dimensional But others, although important, felt hollow like phantoms, never fully coming to life within the story The end scene, when everything finally 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 not to be missed 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 nut job explains all 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 good read 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 from this author My first group read with my Traveling Sisters was a success Thanks for the insightful conversations, ladies many to come flag 207 likesLike see review View all 66 comments Mar 23, 2018 Dorie Traveling Sister rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves edelweiss, mystery thriller, netgalley feedback 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 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 to worry about I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through Edelweiss, thank you flag 155 likesLike see review View all 62 comments Jun 16, 2018 Bern Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves adult reads, 2018 This will be great A few hours out A slice of freedomNothing we ll regret Just one drink 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 will be great A few hours out A slice of freedomNothing we ll regret Just one drink 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 flag 141 likesLike see review View all 40 comments May 30, 2018 Kaceey Traveling Sister rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves traveling group read 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 flag 128 likesLike see review View all 48 comments Jun 07, 2018 Crumb rated it liked it review of another edition It s every parent s worst nightmare One moment you have your baby, and in a blink of an eye, they re gone, taken from you.When I read the plot summary for this book, I was instantly hooked Whenever a novel has some sort of abduction or kidnapping theme, I m all in I eagerly try to use my amateur sleuthing skills to figure out the who dunnit before it s revealed However, I am also pleasantly surprised when I m completely stumped, as was the case in The Perfect Mother I tend to look a littl It s every parent s worst nightmare One moment you have your baby, and in a blink of an eye, they re gone, taken from you.When I read the plot summary for this book, I was instantly hooked Whenever a novel has some sort of abduction or kidnapping theme, I m all in I eagerly try to use my amateur sleuthing skills to figure out the who dunnit before it s revealed However, I am also pleasantly surprised when I m completely stumped, as was the case in The Perfect Mother I tend to look a little like this While, I found this to be a very light and easy read, I was also letdown Perhaps I had really high expectations, and I was a little disappointed as a result In a psychological thriller, I value character development, and while this book had some characterization elements, it was overall lacking There were too many characters involved for that to be wholly achieved.If you are looking for a great beach read and you like psychological thrillers, this would a perfect match For me, I think I was just wanting , expecting I m giving this an overall rating of 3 stars flag 126 likesLike see review View all 139 comments May 28, 2018 JanB rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves edelweiss, traveling sister read This was a mixed bag for me for the following reasons I m not a fan of the confession monologue as a means to solve a crime I found it difficult to keep the characters straight and needed to jot notes down as I read But I loved the focus on motherhood and how difficult it is to balance those first few months I liked the focus on the part the media plays in sensationalizing crimes and their rush to judgement loved the the Nancy Grace character who vilified the moms for having a drink This was a mixed bag for me for the following reasons I m not a fan of the confession monologue as a means to solve a crime I found it difficult to keep the characters straight and needed to jot notes down as I read But I loved the focus on motherhood and how difficult it is to balance those first few months I liked the focus on the part the media plays in sensationalizing crimes and their rush to judgement loved the the Nancy Grace character who vilified the moms for having a drink on a girl s night out As if that makes them bad moms Such a good point on how misleading one picture can be when taken out of context, yet that s the picture that is splashed across newspapers and TV screens There s a lot to unpack here and discuss the insensitivity of co workers and bosses in the workplace when a new mom returns to work I think our country could do better to support and enable women who return to work What an awful position many women find themselves in Again, a lot to unpack and discuss I found a character s story timely in this age of MeToo and loved the point made of why do we call scandals by the woman s name, not the man s, especially when it s a young vulnerable woman who is preyed upon by a man in a position of power The man pretty much gets away with it while the woman pays the price her entire life there was a story arc for one of the male characters that didn t ring true for me I was invested in the story the first half but the author lost me in the second half I thought there was an opportunity lost the author made much of some of the marital difficulties that often come with new parenthood but didn t really explore them in depth I know this wasn t a police procedural but I would have liked to have read the perspective from the detectives working the case They seemed to be extremely inept Overall, I really liked the messages about new motherhood, the shaming of women caught in a scandal, the exploration of the media s role in sensationalizing a crime, and the rush to assign blame and convict in the court of public opinion But the crime itself and the resolution left me feeling pretty meh If I were rating that part only I d give it a 2 fair , but will bump it up because it s a debut novel and I did appreciate the point the author was trying to make on important and timely issues many thanks to EW for an ARC of this novel given in exchange for an honest review this was a traveling sister read For this and other review please visit their blog at flag 124 likesLike see review View all 50 comments May 11, 2018 Diane S rated it really liked it review of another edition 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 flag 122 likesLike see review View all 22 comments Jan 18, 2018 Shannon rated it it was amazing review of another edition 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 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 It is a website with facts about your growing baby, has forums for questions or just general conversations I was on babycenter 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 flag 114 likesLike see review View all 21 comments May 14, 2018 Linda rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves fiction, mystery thrillers, psychological thriller Wanna know something Nell leans in and lifts the bottom of her shirt These are maternity pants The baby is two months old, and I m still wearing maternity pants This, folks, is reality The soon after birth reality that visits the May Mothers with little hatchlings all born in the month of May Brooklyn s Prospect Park is the site for all to meet with their caravans of strollers and baby carriers A place to embrace a once far distant sanity welcomed into this new state of chaos Momm Wanna know something Nell leans in and lifts the bottom of her shirt These are maternity pants The baby is two months old, and I m still wearing maternity pants This, folks, is reality The soon after birth reality that visits the May Mothers with little hatchlings all born in the month of May Brooklyn s Prospect Park is the site for all to meet with their caravans of strollers and baby carriers A place to embrace a once far distant sanity welcomed into this new state of chaos Mommas and babies usually wear an aura of vulnerability naturally But what will transpire in the following chapters will set everyone concerned on a precipice of heightening fear and the sudden jolt of abrupt tension.With the Fourth of July holiday upon them, our ladies decide to strike a deal for a women s night out at a local bar sans babies and with opportunities for adult beverages Loose ends are straightened with single mom, Winnie, having to choose a newly hired babysitter With PeekABoo app on her phone, Winnie is able to glance in on her sleeping Midas in his crib But something goes tragically wrong when Midas ends up missing in his crib An unspeakable nightmare.Aimee Molloy swings her storyline in a variation of directions We, as readers, observe the meltdown of the May Mothers as and backstories come to light regarding each one Each woman appears to wear a veneer with lies seeping across the skin s surface All is not what it appears here Molloy keeps Winnie in the shadows for most of the story with brief entries here and there Each woman sifts through the past hours in search of the truthor their version of the truth.The Perfect Mother is scheduled for a film starring Kerry Washington This should be interesting to see just how they will portray the dichotomy of strong, independent women wrapped in the throws of hormones and breast feeding As we know, it s accomplished on a daily real people schedule, with or without film and hair and makeup standing by Throw in a full tilt mystery and we have quite the casserole here flag 102 likesLike see review View all 27 comments Apr 17, 2018 Carrie rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves edelweiss 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 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.For reviews please visit flag 97 likesLike see review View all 16 comments Apr 24, 2018 Liz rated it really liked it review of another edition 3.5 stars, rounded upThis is one of those books that works to confuse you With constantly switching perspectives, it s not an easy story to figure out Think Big, Little Lies with all the swirling confusion If you like that style, you ll like this A group of new mothers opt for a night out and during that time, one of their babies goes missing They don t know each other well These aren t long time friends, they all met through a website for new parents in Brooklyn and bonded because their d 3.5 stars, rounded upThis is one of those books that works to confuse you With constantly switching perspectives, it s not an easy story to figure out Think Big, Little Lies with all the swirling confusion If you like that style, you ll like this A group of new mothers opt for a night out and during that time, one of their babies goes missing They don t know each other well These aren t long time friends, they all met through a website for new parents in Brooklyn and bonded because their due dates were all in the same month The other mothers don t think the police are doing a good job with their investigation and start their own But at the same time, they aren t all being entirely honest And each has her own secrets Molloy perfectly gets the strain of new motherhood, the angst and the fears What grabbed me about the book is how it correctly paints our current news atmosphere with its need to look for villains from the get go All sorts of people, including the mother, are accused with no known facts And I give the author credit I had no idea who was responsible or how this was going to turn out My thanks to Harper for an advance copy of this book flag 96 likesLike see review View all 16 comments Apr 25, 2018 Holly B rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves easy read, enjoyed the characters, had to finish, psychological thriller, read in 2018, twists 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 camarad 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 flag 100 likesLike see review View all 46 comments Apr 25, 2018 Tucker rated it really liked it review of another edition In The Perfect Mother a group of expectant mothers gather frequently to discuss pregnancy and raising their newborns These women were not previously acquainted, but soon find themselves forming strong bonds over their shared experiences Strong bonds and a closeness that belie the somewhat superficial nature of their relationships When one of their babies goes missing, they discover how little they really know about each other and Molloy excels at slowing revealing their secrets through clev In The Perfect Mother a group of expectant mothers gather frequently to discuss pregnancy and raising their newborns These women were not previously acquainted, but soon find themselves forming strong bonds over their shared experiences Strong bonds and a closeness that belie the somewhat superficial nature of their relationships When one of their babies goes missing, they discover how little they really know about each other and Molloy excels at slowing revealing their secrets through clever misdirection and surprising plot twists A very realistic look at the lives of new parents and a suspenseful and riveting plot make this a definite recommendation flag 94 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Apr 23, 2018 j e w e l s Books Bejeweled rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves audio, books bejeweled FOUR STARSFile this under NM for New Mommies The new mommy character is in sweet abundance in Aimee Molloy s debut The Perfect Mother She has assembled a group of women that all gave birth in May and met months earlier online to trade stories and offer support to each other The online friends all live in Brooklyn and begin meeting IRL just a few weeks after the babies are born This is where the plot really begins.The mommies decide to go out for a well deserved girls night and it is on this FOUR STARSFile this under NM for New Mommies The new mommy character is in sweet abundance in Aimee Molloy s debut The Perfect Mother She has assembled a group of women that all gave birth in May and met months earlier online to trade stories and offer support to each other The online friends all live in Brooklyn and begin meeting IRL just a few weeks after the babies are born This is where the plot really begins.The mommies decide to go out for a well deserved girls night and it is on this night that one of their infants is abducted at home right out of the baby s crib The story is told from the different women and, I admit, it can be a little confusing at first if you are strictly listening to the audio book I also have the Kindle version so I would whip it out every so often to make sure I was on track with the characters The narrator is absolutely perfect and consistent in her performance of all the varied personalities so she makes it easy to recognize who is speaking Of course, you have a bit of a learning curve at first I think Molloy perfectly captures the angst, insecurity and need for perfection most new moms go through in 2018 This novel feels current and on point with the way the media obsesses over every bit of true crime and scandal There is a snarky Nancy Grace style reporter who is determined to shame the baby mamas for having a fun time out when they should be home with their children She is a hoot The narrator even nailed that signature Nancy Grace voice LOVE IT.Molloy s writing style is fast paced and packed with realistic dialogue HOORAY And once you get in a few pages, I promise you won t be able to put it down is a real whodunit with a crazy ending scene Oh my gosh, the beans and pickles scene is so fun to read If you are a fan of Big Little Lies, you will love this book, too I can t wait to see Kerry Washington star in the movie flag 91 likesLike see review View all 12 comments May 12, 2018 Sandy The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018, netgalley arc, new to me author, 4 star, contemporary fiction, crime, mystery, psychological thriller EXCERPT Why Why did she do that Hadn t she learned her lesson One impulsive decision can destroy an entire life If anyone should know that, it s her ABOUT THIS BOOK 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 fro EXCERPT Why Why did she do that Hadn t she learned her lesson One impulsive decision can destroy an entire life If anyone should know that, it s her ABOUT THIS BOOK 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 MY THOUGHTS First time motherhood is one of, if not the most, difficult jobs in the world Where is the training Expectations are so high The reality is harsh New mums tend to band together in mutual support, and why not They can relate to one another s experiences, give advice, provide a shoulder to lean on, cry on, or someone to laugh with, all in the quest to be the perfect mother But what happens when one of those mums is not who she seems, has an agenda of her own, when one of these mothers lies, betrays the others to fulfill her own needs This is a compelling read that kept me turning the pages Told from multiple points of view, which sometimes got a bit messy as it was not always immediately obvious whose point of view it was, the author explores the dynamics of a group of women and one token man, most of whom are concealing a secret of some sort, who inadvertently become involved in the abduction of a baby There are a lot of current issues used to great effect in The Perfect Mother Firstly the Internet, a wonderful research tool that can easily put information into the wrong hands Then there is the issue of media sensationalism and manipulation It is not always about the truth, but often what is going to attract the most viewers or readers that prevails Molloy cleverly uses these modern phenomenon to enhance the tension in her plot Although a previously published author, this is Molloy s first novel I can t wait for her second Thank you to Hachette Australia via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy for review All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions Please refer to my profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress for an explanation of my rating system This review and others are also published on my blog sandysbookaday.wordpress flag 88 likesLike see review View all 24 comments May 28, 2018 Susanne Strong rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves botm, traveling sister read 3.75 Stars.In Brooklyn, a group of mothers to be, all due in the month of May, coined The May Mothers start a meet up, sharing stories and bonding over impending motherhood Being the perfect mother seems unattainable and yet these mothers strive for it Receiving monthly emails about what to expect each month, exchanging messages with helpful suggestions, gaining support from each other whenever the need arises.After their babies are a few months old, their bond deepens unexpectedly Frannie, 3.75 Stars.In Brooklyn, a group of mothers to be, all due in the month of May, coined The May Mothers start a meet up, sharing stories and bonding over impending motherhood Being the perfect mother seems unattainable and yet these mothers strive for it Receiving monthly emails about what to expect each month, exchanging messages with helpful suggestions, gaining support from each other whenever the need arises.After their babies are a few months old, their bond deepens unexpectedly Frannie, Nell, Colette, Winnie Token decide to take a night off What starts out as an innocent night having drinks at a pub, ends with a bang when Winnie s son, Midas, goes missing, disappearing from their home without a trace Thereafter, the May Mothers come together, investigating What happened that night, in addition to investigating each other They can t help it They don t really know each other that well, and yet, they desperately want to trust each other Yet, can they Should they The Perfect Mother is told from several different perspectives, some of which are confusing at first Though it starts off a little slow, the novel picks up at the mid way point and takes off so quickly that I couldn t flip the pages fast enough The ending was quite the shocker which frankly, I m still not sure I get I m hoping it ll come to me one of these days The Perfect Mother is a slow burn, character driven suspense novel that definitely kept my interest It was my book of the month pick and was a great choice This was a traveling sister read our discussions were lots of fun Thanks sisters For full Traveling Sister group reviews, please see Brenda an Norma s Blog on flag 84 likesLike see review View all 36 comments May 18, 2018 Norma Traveling Sister rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley edelweiss approved, traveling sister reads 3 Stars I wish I would have loved this one a little This book was chosen to read as a Traveling Sisters Group Read and what originally attracted me to this book was the title and the cover which is pretty much how I choose all my books to read THE PERFECT MOTHER by AIMEE MOLLOY is a steady paced, insightful, character driven, and a twisty psychological domestic thriller that is filled with interesting characters that I really appreciated The voices and dynamics of these women really r 3 Stars I wish I would have loved this one a little This book was chosen to read as a Traveling Sisters Group Read and what originally attracted me to this book was the title and the cover which is pretty much how I choose all my books to read THE PERFECT MOTHER by AIMEE MOLLOY is a steady paced, insightful, character driven, and a twisty psychological domestic thriller that is filled with interesting characters that I really appreciated The voices and dynamics of these women really rang true to me At times I did find it hard to keep the characters straight and I had a hard time focusing on this story Unfortunately, this did affect my enjoyment for the story and therefore lowered my overall rating AIMEE MOLLOY delivers a well written read here with an interesting and unique storyline told from multiple perspectives which focuses mainly on a group of women who stop at nothing as they come together to investigate the disappearance of Baby Midas The portrayal of these women and their angst was portrayed extremely well Overall, it was a mostly enjoyable, quick and easy read with an ending the totally took me by surprise Would recommend Thank you so much to Edelweiss, Aimee Molloy, and HarperCollins for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review.Review written and posted on our themed book blog Two Sisters Lost In A Coulee Readinghttps twosisterslostinacoulee flag 85 likesLike see review View all 33 comments Oct 24, 2017 Reading.Between.Wines rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves adult fiction, buddy reads, contemporary, cover love, creepy undertones, crime, drama, female authors, from the publisher, murder mystery thriller 5 red herring filled stars I read The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy as a buddy read with Heather from natureoksdffee, 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 m 5 red herring filled stars I read The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy as a buddy read with Heather from natureoksdffee, 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 , 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 flag 80 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Apr 06, 2018 Tammy rated it really liked it review of another edition 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 flag 75 likesLike see review View all 30 comments Jan 23, 2018 Crime by the Book rated it really liked it review of another edition 4.5 5 stars for this addictive, engaging read Find my full review here 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 flag 70 likesLike see review View 1 comment May 29, 2018 Brenda Traveling Sister rated it liked it review of another edition 3.5 StarsNorma and I were lost in the sunny, grassy lush coulee with five of our Traveling Sisters reading The Perfect Mother and we really enjoyed our reading experience and discussion on this story The Perfect Mother is a fun, entertaining and engaging story with a bit of dark to it that had us feeling comfortable in our sunny, grassy coulee from any unsettling scenes from this story We meet a group of Brooklyn new mothers all with their own secrets who meet regularly to support each other t 3.5 StarsNorma and I were lost in the sunny, grassy lush coulee with five of our Traveling Sisters reading The Perfect Mother and we really enjoyed our reading experience and discussion on this story The Perfect Mother is a fun, entertaining and engaging story with a bit of dark to it that had us feeling comfortable in our sunny, grassy coulee from any unsettling scenes from this story We meet a group of Brooklyn new mothers all with their own secrets who meet regularly to support each other through their new experiences of motherhood Aimee Molloy creates some interesting characters here with the group of May Mothers Each with a common bond but different from each other with their own personal conflicts related to motherhood At times we did become confused and found it hard to keep them apart On a Mom s night out one of the May Mother s baby is kidnapped and the friends come together to try and piece the mystery of the baby s disappearance At times we did feel that the story lacked some emotion that we needed to feel to connect with the grieving Mom, Winnie We didn t feel the pain Winnie felt for her missing child We didn t really feel we got to know her Aimee Molloy touches on some judgments of society here with what new Moms face She does a good job layering a good mystery with the right amount of drama for us However, the coulee we started in, wasn t the one we ended up in as things did go a bit sideways for us We weren t quite satisfied with the way things wrapped up for us and for some of us that affected part of our enjoyment of this story Overall we highly recommend this well written story that has some real substance to the issues these interesting Moms face, making this a very interesting read This is Traveling Sisters GR Reading Group Review and it can be found posted on our themed book blog Two Sisters Lost In A Coulee Readingtps twosisterslostinacouleeCoulee a term applied rather loosely to different landforms, all of which refer to a kind of valley flag 69 likesLike see review View all 28 comments Sep 12, 2018 Elyse Walters rated it liked it review of another edition Library Audiobookread by Christin MiliotiMaybe the screen version will be entertaining I like Kerry Washington who will be in the cast I admit to liking the screen time to Big Little Lies better than the book The A rated cast made it very entertaining I was enjoying this bookfor awhile.but soon became bored.Although.I enjoyed it enough to finish it Breaks were definitely needed though Newborn mommy struggles in small doses is plenty for me After living through my own s Library Audiobookread by Christin MiliotiMaybe the screen version will be entertaining I like Kerry Washington who will be in the cast I admit to liking the screen time to Big Little Lies better than the book The A rated cast made it very entertaining I was enjoying this bookfor awhile.but soon became bored.Although.I enjoyed it enough to finish it Breaks were definitely needed though Newborn mommy struggles in small doses is plenty for me After living through my own sleepless nights 34 years ago I don t need hours of non stop Audiobook listening reminders So with breaks I m still glad I read it for the basic story before seeing the film The mom I was most interested in knowing as a person was Winnie the mother whose baby went missing yet her character was the least developed compared to the other moms and single dad We get a rap sheet on Winnie Long legs Single mom Once a hit movie star etc but very little about her as a person So I don t think this is the best thriller of the year Jar of Heart is sure darn great.but as they say This was an ok read Enjoyable in parts sleepy draggy in parts yet curious enough to want to know the ending flag 64 likesLike see review View all 16 comments Jun 08, 2018 Skyler Autumn rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves not worth the hype 2 Stars I wanted to like The Perfect Mother NO I wanted to love it This book seemed so promising a story about a mommy group entitled the May Mother s for the very obvious fact that they all gave birth in May Decide to go out a few short months after their babies are born to blow off steam, let their hair down, and have one or quite a few drinks BUT I know there is always a but the outing takes a dark turn when one of the Mother s returns home to an empty cradle The Perfect Mother 2 Stars I wanted to like The Perfect Mother NO I wanted to love it This book seemed so promising a story about a mommy group entitled the May Mother s for the very obvious fact that they all gave birth in May Decide to go out a few short months after their babies are born to blow off steam, let their hair down, and have one or quite a few drinks BUT I know there is always a but the outing takes a dark turn when one of the Mother s returns home to an empty cradle The Perfect Mother is told through alternative perspectives of what we are to believe is the core group of the May Mothers, some mothers flicker in and out of this group but these four seem to be permanent fixtures at the weekly gatherings We have the Brit, the brazen, the zero filter Nell the effortlessly beautiful, lucky, and highly stressed Collette the frazzled, disheveled, and nosey Francie and last but certainly not least our victim of baby kidnapping the stunning, elegant and mysterious Scarlet We are introduced to a few side characters like Token nicknamed that for being the only male in a all women baby support group and a few other Mother s that reappear in this novel but we are mostly focused on the core 4 throughout this thriller The Perfect Mother s for me at least, fell short of my high expectations I found it to be almost a whiney anthem to Motherhood and all it s difficulties Each woman had a problem with being a new parent and those problems were consistently circled around in a repetitive manner that just made me dislike the new Mothers and label them as self involved and boring I also found it weirdly frustrating with how they involved themselves in the case, a majority of this story had me questioning the Mother s and their obsessive interest in the missing child and who did it Especially with the most annoying Mother of them all Francie, she became almost deranged with her need to involve herself in every aspect At one point she goes to the police station and demands to know what s happening with the missing child case Like What I don t even understand the mindset that thinks that s any of her business I get the author needed to make the rest of the May Mother s part of the case somehow but the way she went about it just painted them as gossipy busy bodies that had too much time on their hands All and all, the book had all the ingredients I love in my thrillers but in the hands of Aimee Molloy it came together in a messy and boring manner that had me forcing myself to finish this read I know this book is in production to be a movie starring Kerry Washington I just hope the actors are able to to elevate the source material and make the character a lot likeable but needless to say I will watch the film because I will watch anything with Kerry Washington flag 69 likesLike see review View all 19 comments Apr 03, 2018 PattyMacDotComma rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves mystery crime thriller, fiction adult, arc netgalley read 3.5 I remember walking into the bar, spotting them, tired eyes rimmed in kohl liner, black circles tempered under too much concealer, lips shimmering with the lipstick they hadn t worn in months The May Mothers, all tarted up with questionable appeal for a night out on their own babies left at home with partners, or in the case of the single mother, a sitter What could possibly go wrong The blurb reveals the answer to that the single mother s baby is abducted.The May Mothers ar 3.5 I remember walking into the bar, spotting them, tired eyes rimmed in kohl liner, black circles tempered under too much concealer, lips shimmering with the lipstick they hadn t worn in months The May Mothers, all tarted up with questionable appeal for a night out on their own babies left at home with partners, or in the case of the single mother, a sitter What could possibly go wrong The blurb reveals the answer to that the single mother s baby is abducted.The May Mothers are a group of women who met when pregnant and decided to form a little group when they realised their babies were all due in May That part I understand What I didn t quite understand were the emails circulated periodically, such as TO May MothersFROM Your friends at the Village DATE July 4SUBJECT Today s adviceYOUR BABY DAY 51 This seventh week, you baby should start to master muscle control kicking, wiggling, and holding her head up, nice and strong These emails kept annoying me The babies could range than four weeks in age, so each baby s progress would be different This may be a petty gripe, but I think the email correspondence could have been designed better The story opens with a prologue in the first person by a woman talking about having her baby in spite of the father s anger He was angry, insisting I d tricked him Demanding I get rid of the baby This will ruin everything, he said My marriage My reputation You can t do this to me I won t let you. Well, too bad for him Of course we don t know who he is and we don t know who she is either Never mind it s a mystery, isn t it Then we meet the mothers in the park fourteen months later, where they re playing with their toddlers and reminiscing about how worried they were the year before, not knowing how to manage their new families.The story moves along, visiting each woman and her newborn and the father as they struggle with all the usual new parent woes lack of sleep, juggling bills, jobs, commitments I found it hard to keep track of the characters We have one narrator speaking in the first person now and then while the others are observed in the third person Of course, we aren t told who the narrator is, but even with the others, I often backtracked since I didn t have a strong mental image of who was who.Molloy s a good writer and the dialogue and descriptions of the women were excellent, but they mostly didn t stick Might be just me Francie If our group had a mascot, someone to glue themselves in feathers and lead our team in three cheers for motherhood, it was her Miss Eager to Be Liked, to not screw anything up, so plump with hope and rich Southern carbs Colette, everyone s girl crush, our trusted friend One of the pretty ones, with her auburn shampoo commercial hair, her Colorado bred effortlessness and unmedicated home birth the perfect female, topped in powdered sugar The Mothers are determined to find the kidnapper and follow up all kinds of leads, thanks to Google and image searches, and one s talent at hacking This means they discover about each other, as well Plus, they drive the police nuts with their pressure.I quite enjoyed the first three quarters or so of the book, with its suspicions and reveals, and was curious to find out what happened But by the end I seemed to lose interest and then it took a sudden turn into melodrama I have to say, I could see a film or series version of this, along the lines of Liane Moriarty s wonderfully successful Big Little Lies That would keep the people straight for me Thanks to NetGalley and Hachette Australia for the preview copy from which I ve quoted I see the author has another book out next year, and I m sure it will be worth a look flag 62 likesLike see review View all 12 comments Sep 21, 2018 Helga rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves crime, mystery A mommy group night out leads to tragedy and heartbreak.It is Fourth of July and some new mothers who usually gather around in a park once in a while with their new born babies and discuss diaper rashes, baby pukes, etc decide to take a break and have some deserved fun that is, to leave their babies with their husbands or baby sitters and have a couple of drinks in a posh bar and unwind.But the fun doesn t last long, as they soon realize that the baby of one of their friends have been abducte A mommy group night out leads to tragedy and heartbreak.It is Fourth of July and some new mothers who usually gather around in a park once in a while with their new born babies and discuss diaper rashes, baby pukes, etc decide to take a break and have some deserved fun that is, to leave their babies with their husbands or baby sitters and have a couple of drinks in a posh bar and unwind.But the fun doesn t last long, as they soon realize that the baby of one of their friends have been abducted, while the hired nanny was passed out on the sofa.That is when fingers begin pointing and lives are changed Who is responsible for the abduction Was it the single mother who apparently had depression Was it one of the mothers in the group Or a total stranger A fast paced read, The Perfect Mother is told by multiple characters point of views and will make you keep guessing till the end flag 61 likesLike see review View all 16 comments May 08, 2018 Gabby rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves botm, 3 star books, adult, disappointed, liked it, lost interest, own, over freaking hyped, read in 2018, reviewed This book was meh, unfortunately I was really excited to read this one, because the premise sounded so amazing A group of Mother s who all had babies within the same month then one night when they all go out for drinks, Winnie s baby Midas goes missing Suddenly the police are looking into the private lives of all the May Mother s and they all have something to hide This book started off promising enough, but I quickly grew bored with the story I don t really know what it was, but this boo This book was meh, unfortunately I was really excited to read this one, because the premise sounded so amazing A group of Mother s who all had babies within the same month then one night when they all go out for drinks, Winnie s baby Midas goes missing Suddenly the police are looking into the private lives of all the May Mother s and they all have something to hide This book started off promising enough, but I quickly grew bored with the story I don t really know what it was, but this book started boring me after the first hundred pages I just wanted to find out what happened to the baby, and that is what kept me reading all the way till the end But unfortunately, the ending was pretty underwhelming This book is being compared to Big Little Lies, but these characters aren t nearly as complex as the females of Big Little Lies These characters aren t fleshed out as well The only reason this book is similar to Big Little Lies is because it follows a group of Mother s dealing with the same event, in that book it s a murder, in this one it s the disappearance of a baby Overall, this book was very mild and didn t bring anything new to the table as far as thrillers go I don t think I would necessarily recommend this one It s not bad, but it s not that great either flag 59 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Feb 20, 2018 Dennis rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018 pub, 2018 read, arc publisher, thriller, whodunnit, coverporn 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, 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 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 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 flag 59 likesLike see review View all 12 comments Apr 14, 2018 Linda Strong rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves edelweiss librarything, edelweiss read 2018 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 flag 56 likesLike see review View all 6 comments previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics 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    1. I enjoyed this quite a lot The Perfect Mother 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 The Husband s Secret and Truly Madly Guilty, though I enjoyed the HBO adaptation of Big Little Lies I would say that this book is 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 [...]


    2. My reviews can also be seen at 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.The May Mothers 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 soon as I read the [...]


    3. 3.6ish Stars because I m annoyingly indecisive with ratings Mothers and babies You re everywhere I hope you appreciate everything you have Meet The May Mothers 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 nothing glaringly out of the ordinary here Until one of their babies goes missing during a much needed girl s night out And 3 [...]


    4. 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 Fin [...]


    5. This will be great A few hours out A slice of freedomNothing we ll regret Just one drink 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 will be gre [...]


    6. 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 [...]


    7. It s every parent s worst nightmare One moment you have your baby, and in a blink of an eye, they re gone, taken from you.When I read the plot summary for this book, I was instantly hooked Whenever a novel has some sort of abduction or kidnapping theme, I m all in I eagerly try to use my amateur sleuthing skills to figure out the who dunnit before it s revealed However, I am also pleasantly surprised when I m completely stumped, as was the case in The Perfect Mother I tend to look a littl [...]


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