The Perfect Mother {Aimee Molloy}


Synopsis From 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.

My Thoughts:

(Disclaimer: I will never post spoilers in my reviews HOWEVER the comment section is completely fair game to discuss any and all specifics including spoilers)

1 Star

I loathed this book. This was Aimee Molloy’s first novel and that was abundantly clear! Zero character development led to a complete disconnect between myself (the reader) and the SO many ridiculous story lines. Each character blended into the next with none of them being particularly likable. The big twist at the end was completely anticlimactic because of the lack of character development throughout the book. Way too many story lines, way too many characters, and nothing given the proper amount of time to be adequately described. Each character’s extremely dramatic backstory coupled with so many “regular” people continually interfering with an active police case made this a very annoying book to read. How did Kerry Washington ever agree to star in this upcoming movie?!  Kerry, READ THE BOOK!  Call your agent!  Get a lawyer!  BACK OUT OF THE DEAL! I so wanted to love this book…but clearly love would NOT be the word to describe my feelings towards this clearly inexperienced author or her very annoying novel.

Bottom Line

Hated it.

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