Book Review: The Perfect Mother

Book Review: The Perfect MotherThe Perfect Mother
by Aimee Molloy
on May 1, 2018
Pages: 336
Published by Harper
Genres: Mystery/Crime, Suspense/Thriller

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 Takeaway

“I’ve been blamed for what happened that Fourth of July night. But not a day goes by that I don’t remind myself of the truth. It’s not my fault. It’s theirs.”
Aimee Molloy, The Perfect Mother

The Perfect Mother was flawless and full of sensationalism! Molloy’s thrilling plot held my attention through the entire book. Don’t you love when that happens? I also loved the pace of the novel, not too slow, but just the right tempo. The May Mothers will stay with you long after you have finished reading. As a parent, one of my biggest worries and fear was the idea one of my own children could be abducted or kidnapped. I cannot conceive how excruciating and frightful it must be. Now on top of losing a child, add the chaotic world of the media (chasing and digging) and you have an even crazier situation. Well, that is exactly what takes place in The Perfect Mother. Molloy’s debut novel has been receiving lots of praising and I now join the party. I just hope the woman is busy writing her next novel! If you love suspense with drama, this is a great book to add to your summer reading list. Oh and a movie is already in the works!


  1. Aba | 18th May 18

    Sounds Juicy!! Everytime I see a group of moms with strollers….I’ll be looking at them with a side-eye!!

    • Debbie | 21st May 18

      It was juicy and scandalous!!

  2. Miesha Toolson | 16th Sep 18

    I enjoy your writing style really loving this internet site.

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