The Perfect Mother: A Novel by Aimee MolloyThe Perfect Mother: A Novel by Aimee Molloy

The Perfect Mother: A Novel

byAimee Molloy

Paperback | May 1, 2018

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A night out — a few hours of fun.

What could possibly go wrong?


"The Perfect Mother is a gripping page-turner that explores the pressures of modern motherhood as well as a mother’s absolute worst nightmare. At once wonderfully nuanced and compulsively readable, it keeps you guessing at every moment, up until the very end. I could not be prouder to be bringing this thriller to the big screen."—Kerry Washington

Some people are so good at making perfect look easy.


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 taken 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 is 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 after Midas goes missing, damaging secrets are exposed, marriages are tested, and friendships are formed and fractured.


Unfolding over the course of thirteen fraught days and culminating in an exquisite and unexpected twist, The Perfect Mother is the perfect book for our times—a nuanced and addictively readable story that exposes the truth of modern mothers’ lives as it explores the power of an ideal that is based on a lie.

Aimee Molloy is a New York Times bestselling author of several books such as: However Long the Night: Molly Melching's Journey to Help Millions of African Women and Girls Triumph. She is also the co-author of many non-fiction books like Jantsen's Gift and The Perfect Mother. Her title 'Rosewater" was made into a movie by Jon Stewart.
Title:The Perfect Mother: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.84 inPublished:May 1, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062845039

ISBN - 13:9780062845030

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Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great I really enjoyed this book. They set you up to believe it's one character, then totally surprise you at the end with another character, as well as back stories you wouldn't have guessed!
Date published: 2018-06-18
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Rated 1 out of 5 by from dont waste your time did not like the book, was a slow read and hard to follow along. It was very disappointing.
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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great book It's not as dark as I thought it would be, still a good book
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good summer read I would not call this book a thriller as it did not have edge of your seat suspense, but it was an enjoyable, quick read. The ending was a surprise but at the same time frustrating because throughout the book there were no apparent clues leading to the plot twist.
Date published: 2018-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A definite page turner! One of the things that initially drew me into this book was this part of the summary, ''damaging secrets are exposed, marriages are tested, and friendships are formed and fractured' but I must disagree. I found the drama-aspect of this novel fairly tame. I never truly felt like relationships, both friendship and marriage, were at stake, and some of the exposed secrets were lackluster. However, this was a nice read and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a thriller.
Date published: 2018-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! I loved this book! It captured my attention from the very beginning and kept me hooked throughout. I could not put it down. The writing was wonderful and the suspense kept building until the big plot twist. I will definitely be looking for more books by this author in the future.
Date published: 2018-05-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Incredible One of the best psychological thrillers out there, complete with an intriguing plot and solidly diverse female characters.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal Thriller! THIS BOOK. This book DELIVERED on its promise to be a tense, suspense filled thriller following the 13 days after the abduction of a newborn baby. The May Mothers is a mommy-support group made up of a collection of new moms who gave birth in the same month. They spend time together, meeting to discuss being new moms, and emailing in between to seek support for all the questions, anxieties and milestones that new mothers face. It is the Fourth of July when the group agrees to leave their babies at home for the night, meeting at a local bar to have some much needed adult time, and a few adult beverages. Only this night ends with one of the newborns being abducted from his crib, and the May Mothers being thrown into a web of questions, uncertainty and terror as they work to figure out what happened to baby Midas. I could not set this book down, and devoured it in one sitting. Aimee Molloy has an unbelievable talent for writing characters who are as individually unique as you would expect a random grouping of women to be. The characters were wonderfully complex and relatable, which made you buy into the story all the more. I was on the edge of my seat, coming up with theory after theory of what had happened, only to have every one turn out wrong. This is a MUST READ for psychological thriller lovers - this is going to be a book of the summer no question - and I can say I am honestly finally excited to see a book get adapted to film - I think this will be a huge winner.
Date published: 2018-05-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A saga of mothers . . . The "May Mothers" are a group of Brooklyn women who gave birth during the same month and meet regularly to discuss their experiences. When one of their children goes missing, all the women are caught up in the intrigue of the child's disappearance. Initially I found the book compelling but as the story progressed I started to find it tedious. The ending did take me by surprise, but personally I don't think the book is as good as the hype that has surrounded it.
Date published: 2018-05-13
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Date published: 2018-05-05
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Date published: 2018-05-03

Editorial Reviews

“Perfect for fans of Gone Girl. If you’re looking for a dose of suspense combined with wry observations about modern motherhood, this is it.”