The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

The Perfect Mother

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 Par...

Details The Perfect Mother

TitleThe Perfect Mother
Release DateMay 1st, 2018
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Mystery Thriller, Suspense

Reviews The Perfect Mother

  • Emily May
    I enjoyed this quite a lot. The Perfect Mother definitely has something of a Moriarty vibe (Liane, not Jim) but I personally found it better paced. I struggled with the slowness and tame domesticity of Moriarty's The Husband's Secret and Truly Madly Guilty, though I enjoyed the HBO adaptation of Big Little Lies. I would say that this book is more like the latter. It's predominantly about women and the relationships between them, with the thriller...
  • Deanna
    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...As soon as I read the description for “The Perfect Mother” I immediately added it to my list of Most Anticipated Reads for 2018. The fact that it was already in production to be made into a major motion picture added to my intrigue. I couldn’t wait to read it.The May Mothers are a group of mothers who gave birth in the same month. They joined the group online and eventu...
  • Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister
    *3.6ish Stars*...because I’m annoyingly indecisive with ratings! “Mothers and babies. You’re everywhere. I hope you appreciate everything you have.” Meet The May Mothers: A newly-acquainted group of first-time moms who’ve all delivered their babies in the month of May. They trade parenting tips, share undiluted birthing stories, vent about their constant lack of sleep...nothing glaringly out of the ordinary here. Until one of their ba...
  • Dorie
    Finally a thriller that really delivers! Stayed up until 2:00 last night finishing this, I just had to know how it ended. It’s amazing that this is a debut novel and that it has already been picked up to be made into a movie, what a wonderful accomplishment for Ms. Molloy.This novel is told from multiple points of view and I did have a little trouble at times keeping track of who was talking but that was probably just because I was reading too ...
  • Kaceey - Traveling Sister
    Oh my! Now that was one twisty read!!The May Mothers – A group of new moms form a casual friendship, getting together to share their experiences and support one another. After all, they’re new parents…with lots of questions.When the ladies plan an evening out without their babies in tow, no one could imagine the consequences of that innocent rendezvous. There is a definite rhythm to this book, though it took me nearly half-way in to find th...
  • Diane S ☔
    Books seem to be published according to trends. The one I've noticed lately are about groups of women, who have children or are expecting a child. I've read many of these in recent months with varying degrees of success. This is one of the better ones in that grouping. For one reason the writing style is suspenseful but not overly dramatic, soap opera style, and for another I found these women realistically portrayed the many aspects, trials if y...
  • Maddie
    What a NOT so perfect mother's read, as I think this is any new mothers greatest fear!! 🍁🍁🍁🍁I went into this book blind, and it was a story pulling me into a web of a lot of questions without answers while reading this, it was not until the end that I got my answers!!🍁🍁🍁🍁Firstly ->🍁🍁🍁🍁I cannot imagine being alone and in labour, nobody to tell you everything will be okay!!! ->As always my reviews only contains p...
  • (Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
    "This will be great. A few hours out. A slice of freedom...Nothing we'll regret. Just one drink." This story had me reading through the night. It was full of twists & turns and secrets & lies. Trying to unravel it all was difficult because the story is told via various (unreliable) points of view. At times it was difficult to tell where 1 character's thoughts began and another's ended. Things jumped from person to person but honestly, I felt tha...
  • Shannon
    I literally have no idea how I am going to write this review. I’ve had my eye on The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy for MONTHS. I saw this pretty little gem on edelweiss and was completely obsessed! I knew I had to read it. Then, to find out The Perfect Mother is going to be a movie with Kerry Washington? Um, SOLD. Though, I am seriously wondering how they will do this book justice.So, when I was pregnant with my daughter, I signed up for babyc...
  • Crumb
    It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. One moment you have your baby, and in a blink of an eye, they’re gone, taken from you.When I read the plot summary for this book, I was instantly hooked. Whenever a novel has some sort of abduction or kidnapping theme, I’m all in. I eagerly try to use my amateur sleuthing skills to figure out the “who-dunnit” before it’s revealed. However, I am also pleasantly surprised when I’m completely stum...
  • Linda
    "Wanna know something?" Nell leans in and lifts the bottom of her shirt. "These are maternity pants. The baby is two months old, and I'm still wearing maternity pants."This, folks, is reality. The soon-after-birth reality that visits the "May Mothers" (with little hatchlings all born in the month of May). Brooklyn's Prospect Park is the site for all to meet with their caravans of strollers and baby carriers. A place to embrace a once far distant ...
  • Carrie
    The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy is a psychological thriller that easily will have readers on the edge of their seat as the story involves a missing infant. This one is told from multiple points of view including an unknown voice involved in the story. Several women have formed a group that they are calling the May Mothers after the fact that they all met because they were all due to have their babies that May. After the births the ladies wou...
  • Liz
    3.5 stars, rounded upThis is one of those books that works to confuse you. With constantly switching perspectives, it’s not an easy story to figure out. Think Big, Little Lies with all the swirling confusion. If you like that style, you’ll like this. A group of new mothers opt for a night out and during that time, one of their babies goes missing. They don’t know each other well. These aren’t long time friends, they all met through a webs...
  • Holly B
    A clever page-turner!A mother’s group goes out for a fun get together at the local bar. Then one mom gets a call from the babysitter.I used to be in a mommy group and we would meet every week to support each other (called Super Moms). This mommy group (May Mothers) is going through hell after one of the babies goes missing.This book got me out of my reading slump. Perfectly paced with plenty of twists, it kept me engaged as the moms put on thei...
  • Tucker
    In “The Perfect Mother” a group of expectant mothers gather frequently to discuss pregnancy and raising their newborns. These women were not previously acquainted, but soon find themselves forming strong bonds over their shared experiences. Strong bonds and a closeness that belie the somewhat superficial nature of their relationships. When one of their babies goes missing, they discover how little they really know about each other and Molloy ...
  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    EXCERPT: Why? Why did she do that? Hadn't she learned her lesson? One impulsive decision can destroy an entire life. If anyone should know that, it's her. ABOUT THIS BOOK: 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, th...
  • Susanne Strong
    3.75 Stars.In Brooklyn, a group of mothers to-be, all due in the month of May, coined “The May Mothers” start a meet-up, sharing stories and bonding over impending motherhood. Being the perfect mother seems unattainable and yet these mothers strive for it. Receiving monthly emails about what to expect each month, exchanging messages with helpful suggestions, gaining support from each other whenever the need arises.After their babies are a few...
  • Reading.Between.Wines
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 / 5 red herring filled stars! I read The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy as a buddy read with Heather from, Shannon from @givemeallthebooks, Emily from @book.happy, and Jamie from @beauty_andthebooks_ and I think it is safe to say that we all really enjoyed this thriller, and it was a complete binge read for almost all of us. I didn’t really know what to think of this book as I was reading it, but then I...
  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    3 Stars! I wish I would have loved this one a little more! This book was chosen to read as a Traveling Sisters Group Read and what originally attracted me to this book was the title and the cover - which is pretty much how I choose all my books to read! THE PERFECT MOTHER by AIMEE MOLLOY is a steady-paced, insightful, character-driven, and a twisty psychological domestic thriller that is filled with interesting characters that I really appreciate...
  • JanB
    This was a mixed bag for me for the following reasons:- I'm not a fan of the confession monologue as a means to solve a crime- I found it difficult to keep the characters straight and needed to jot notes down as I read.- But I loved the focus on motherhood and how difficult it is to balance those first few months. - I liked the focus on the part the media plays in sensationalizing crimes and their rush to judgement. - loved the the "Nancy Grace" ...
  • Tammy
    The Perfect Mother: Try to do it all and chances are you will fail at something or feel like you’re failing even if you’re not. During the first and only night out at a local hot spot, the unthinkable happens when one of the “May Mothers’” infants goes missing. What follows is a well-plotted, fast-moving story focusing on how little these friends really know about each other. And, there is a lot that is unknown despite bonding over the ...
  • Abby (Crime by the Book)
    4.5/5 stars for this addictive, engaging read! Find my full review here: is a fantastic "popcorn read" - aka the kind of suspense novel you just want to binge on! Fans of Liane Moriarty and B.A. Paris will love this pacey, engrossing story of secrets, group dynamics, and interpersonal tension. Couple this with a cast of compelling female leads, and you've got a winner! Highly recommended for addictive,...
  • Brenda - Traveling Sister
    3.5 StarsNorma and I were lost in the sunny, grassy lush coulee with five of our Traveling Sisters reading The Perfect Mother and we really enjoyed our reading experience and discussion on this story. The Perfect Mother is a fun, entertaining and engaging story with a bit of dark to it that had us feeling comfortable in our sunny, grassy coulee from any unsettling scenes from this story. We meet a group of Brooklyn new mothers all with their own ...
  • PattyMacDotComma
    3.5★“I remember walking into the bar, spotting them, tired eyes rimmed in kohl liner, black circles tempered under too much concealer, lips shimmering with the lipstick they hadn’t worn in months.”The May Mothers, all tarted up (with questionable appeal) for a night out on their own – babies left at home with partners, or in the case of the single mother, a sitter. What could possibly go wrong? The Goodreads blurb reveals the answer to ...
  • Dennis
    With the perfect combination of thrills and shrills; The Perfect Mother not only entertains, but also provokes societal norms that we as a society deal with on a daily basis. The story surrounds a group of mothers (and one father) who call themselves the May Mothers. The May Mothers are all first-time parents who have not only aligned together for comradery, but for validation as well. This group leans on each other for support and complimentar...
  • Linda Strong
    This author's debut novel is a winner! This psychological thriller had me riveted to the story from the very first page.They are called the May Mothers ... a group of new moms whose babies were born in the same month. They met on the internet when they were pregnant ... now that they have all delivered, they meet every week or so at the park. They share their baby stories, their birth stories. All except Token .. he's the one guy in the bunch .. ...
  • Gabby
    This book was meh, unfortunately. I was really excited to read this one, because the premise sounded so amazing. A group of Mother's who all had babies within the same month - then one night when they all go out for drinks, Winnie's baby Midas goes missing! Suddenly the police are looking into the private lives of all the May Mother's and they all have something to hide. This book started off promising enough, but I quickly grew bored with the st...
  • Jamie Rosenblit
    Now, this is how you do a psychological thriller! I'm in awe that this wonderfully done novel was Molloy's debut! Hearing that this book has been picked up by Kerry Washington for a film that she will also be starring in was definitely a factor in me picking this up 4 months before pub date (along with that stunning cover). The plot intrigued me, a mommy group formed online meets at a bar for a night out and something goes horribly wrong. Color m...
  • Suzanne
    4.5* I really enjoyed this book a lot! I didn’t not guess what was going to happen in the end. This book kept me wondering and waiting for all these mothers’ secrets to reveal themselves. This set of characters are complete messes that are so entertaining to read about. My quick and simple overall: great plot and great characters.
  • Skyler Autumn
    2 Stars I wanted to like The Perfect Mother. NO! I wanted to love it. This book seemed so promising a story about a mommy group entitled the May Mother's for the very obvious fact that they all gave birth in May. Decide to go out a few short months after their babies are born to blow off steam, let their hair down, and have one (or quite a few) drinks. BUT (I know there is always a but) the outing takes a dark turn when one of the Mother's retu...