The Perfect Mother

Author: Aimee Molloy
Publisher: Harper
Genre: Mystery
Source:  Jennifer at HarperCollins

Goodreads:  Vanity Fair calls it one of the most anticipated books of the summer. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Scandal’s Kerry Washington.

An addictive psychological thriller about a group of women whose lives become unexpectedly connected when one of their newborns goes missing.

They call themselves the May Mothers—a collection of new moms who gave birth in the same month. Twice a week, with strollers in tow, they get together in Prospect Park, seeking refuge from the isolation of new motherhood; sharing the fears, joys, and anxieties of their new child-centered lives.

When the group’s members agree to meet for drinks at a hip local bar, they have in mind a casual evening of fun, a brief break from their daily routine. But on this sultry Fourth of July night during the hottest summer in Brooklyn’s history, something goes terrifyingly wrong: one of the babies is abducted from his crib. Winnie, a single mom, was reluctant to leave six-week-old Midas with a babysitter, but the May Mothers insisted that everything would be fine. Now Midas is missing, the police are asking disturbing questions, and Winnie’s very private life has become fodder for a ravenous media.

Though none of the other members in the group are close to the reserved Winnie, three of them will go to increasingly risky lengths to help her find her son. And as the police bungle the investigation and the media begin to scrutinize the mothers in the days that follow, damaging secrets are exposed, marriages are tested, and friendships are formed and fractured.

Ope’s Opinion: The best way I can review this book is to talk about it in beginning, middle and end. 

The beginning was very intense, exciting, and kept me reading.  I did not want to put it down.  The characters were well developed, it felt like it could really happen and there were alot of facts that came out in natural ways.

The middle was slow moving, not a lot of information given – just a lot of peoples opinions that didn’t move the mystery along. I didn’t want to give up on the book, but I was anxious for it move faster.

The ending was a surprise to me – did not guess who did it  ( can’t explain why or it would give it away ).  Everything was well explained and wrapped up.

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