Review: The Perfect Mother - Vilma Iris | Lifestyle Blogger

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

A night out. A few hours of fun. That’s all it was meant to be.

They call themselves the May Mothers—a group of new moms whose babies were born in the same month. Twice a week, they get together in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park for some much-needed adult time.

When the women go out for drinks at the hip neighborhood bar, they want a fun break from their daily routine. But on this hot Fourth of July night, 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 her fellow May Mothers insisted everything would be fine. Now he is missing. What follows is a heart-pounding race to find Midas, during which secrets are exposed, marriages are tested, and friendships are destroyed.

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The Perfect Mother
By Aimee Molloy

Review: The Perfect Mother

A much-needed mommy outing ends in tragedy when one of the babies goes missing in THE PERFECT MOTHER.

With masterful misdirection and an all-too-real exploration of the pressures and insecurities of early motherhood, Molloy unwinds this clever, heartfelt thriller.

We first meet the May Mothers—a group of moms who met online—at one of their park gatherings. Their babies are a little over a month old, and together, they share their worries, finding respite from overwhelming days. When one of their group—single mom Winnie Ross—seems to struggle, one of them suggests a night out sans babies. While Winnie is reluctant to go along, she’s convinced it’s exactly what she needs.

Each of them down one too many and the night becomes a blur. But it all comes to a sharp halt when Winnie’s son Midas is taken from his crib. Without leads and with the police doing a botched job, the moms take matter into their own hands.

We see their already fragile state fray further in the face of what’s transpired. As the novel—and investigation—unfurls, we gain insight on marriages and motherhood, how some struggle to balance work with everything else, the secrets they keep, and how they each barely hold it together with loved ones often none the wiser.

The gem, however, is how strong, albeit flawed these women really are and how far they’ll go for each other.

The culmination of the story is as surprising and intense as we hoped it would be, with many a twist along the way.

Deftly written by Molloy, this is a fresh, addictive debut you won’t be able to put down.

Note: The novel is slated to be a movie starring Kerry Washington. I can’t wait!

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