I am back with another book review. This is one of the books I read late last month and it was also part of my 10 Most Anticipated Reads. I am not sure what my fascination is with this book (likely the cover), but the moment I saw this book and found it there would be a major motion picture; I had to have it.
About the book
Author: Aimee Molloy
Published: May 2018 by Harper Collins
Genre: Thriller, contemporary fiction, mystery
Other works by author: A Hiding Place and However Long The Night
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.
The Perfect Mother tells the story of a group of new mothers who meet up monthly to discuss their babies and lean on each other for support. These women are relatively strangers, so that makes for an interesting recipe for a mystery. One of the mothers, Winnie, a former child star; seems to have secrets. Well, actually they all do. Plus they are all dealing with various degrees of postpartum angst.
When Winnie’s baby disappears on the one night she decides to go out and get a break from motherhood; these ladies form a bond that was never planned beyond the May Mothers. Some of them begin their own investigation because of the many mistakes made by the investigators on the case. This is when the secrets begin to unravel. Secrets that start to make you question all of the mothers involved as well as the nanny, the one male May Mothers members, and pretty much everyone in close proximity.
Overall it was an easy read and kept you wanting more. I would describe it as a book that you can’t put down simply because you want to know what happened to baby Midas. I will not give too much away for those who have not read it, but I will say that the plot twist was flat for me. It was a little disappointing and I felt as if the writer decided to rush to get this book done and just throw something together. The character development was great and I feel that Molloy gave us the need to empathize with the characters. Now I have to admit that one of the characters drove me crazy. But at the end of the day, she was actually their saving grace.
I do think that maybe with another 50-100 pages, Molloy could have made this an amazing thriller. I also thing that this book could have ended in so many different ways. I gave this book a 3 1/2 out of 5 stars. I just needed more from it. I am looking forward to seeing what the movie will be like. I kind of have a feeling that this one will be better than the book, which is rare.
Have you read this book? What did you think of The Perfect Mother?