Title: The Perfect Mother
Author: Aimee Molloy
Publication Date: May 1, 2018
When a book is described as the ‘most anticipated’ or the next ‘The Girl on the Train‘ I go into it with a bit of skepticism. Rarely do these live up to the hype? It may be a good book, but is it as good as has been built up around it? For example, The Perfect Mother is being called one of the most anticipated releases of the year, it does not even come out until May 1st and it has already been picked up for a movie starring Kerry Washington! So, does this book fall into the same trap of not living up to this hype? NO! The Perfect Mother delivers big time and keeps you guessing until the very end!
The May Mothers, a group of women all having given birth in May, have formed a Mommy’s group meeting a couple times a week in the park to discuss their new lives as moms. Wanting a change of setting and a night to out to themselves, they agree to meet out for drinks at a local bar. Winnie, the single mom of the group, is having a hard time leaving her son, Midas, with a sitter but the other mothers convince her to come along. While the mothers are out at the bar six week old Midas goes missing from his crib.
What has happened to baby Midas? Is there something in Winnie’s past, or one of the other mothers, that could have lead to his being missing? Molloy did such an excellent job at creating misdirection with her flawed characters that I did not see the ending coming, an important quality in a good mystery/thriller.
This story is told using alternating points of view with the main moms in the May Mothers groups. I really enjoyed this perspective of story telling as it helped in getting to know each of the mothers better. I am not a mother myself, so I can only imagine what having a missing child would be like, but it was interesting to see how each of women in the group coped and dealt with assisting in finding Midas in their own way.
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Thank you to HaperCollins and Edelweiss+ for the advanced copy of this book.