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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 are looking for 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.
I really LOVE this book! The writing style reminds me a little of Big Little Lies, which makes it a fun and compulsive read. It’s a perfectly paced, addictive, and thrilling debut that I will recommend to anyone who enjoys this genre!
The story centers around a group of first time mothers, who are known as the May Mothers. They all had babies in the month of May and rely on each other for camaraderie, friendship, and support. One evening, they all decide to leave their babies at home with a sitter for a much needed night out. But something terrible happens when at the end of the night they discover one of their newborns has been abducted from his crib. Now chaos ensues with an investigation, judgment, meddling, media coverage, and a fantastic ending!
Molloy has written a phenomenal debut that I just could not put down. The novel’s construction is perfect, and the story is suspenseful with some clever plot twists! Also, I was really impressed with how well Molloy shines a light on the stigma attached to new mothers and the pressure to be “perfect”. The narrative is split between past and present with very quick chapters. I really enjoyed all the different personalities of the May mothers and how they stuck together. THE PERFECT MOTHER isn’t what I’d consider a thriller, but a missing baby adds a level of suspense that will keep you engaged until the very end! This story is about friendship, motherhood, and secrets with a wild ride you will surely enjoy!
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars!
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